The love is back tonight after Paula Temple, Volvox, Umfang, and Mary Yuzovskaya brought no shortage of it in 2019. The first Exposé Noir since––a two-floor, ten-name program together with the International Festival of Film on Art for the closing of their 40th edition.
Ben UFO makes his return to Montreal after five years—five trips around the sun—and what more to say of the beloved UK selector whose findings often suggest that there are other worlds, but they are within this one? We look forward to hearing what he makes of our black room, amongst the good company of Sandrien and nthng – both from the ever red-hot Dutch scene. Perhaps our favourite lockdown discovery and a name that needs to be heard, Sandrien came as a personal recommendation from one of our most trusted–––Volvox. That’s all that should really need to be said. All the while, what better for a desperately needed escape than nthng’s signature sound, profound and personal; a carousel in time that takes you deep into another place? Montreal’s own Priori opens up the room following his latest LP ‘Your Own Power’— maybe his most powerful, through which the stars seem not so far away. A remixes EP is underway with interpretations from the likes of Donato Dozzy, Aurora Halal, and more.
Upstairs, the International Festival of Film on Art takes over the visual curation with a projection of archive images restored in collaboration with the Open Memory Box platform. This project traces the history of Berlin throughout the Cold War, from the late 1940s to the early 1990s; the division of the German capital between East and West. On a musical note, we welcome back our dear anabasine to XXX decks, along with Exposé Noir firsts for Evita, Zi!, BitterCaress, Dileta, and Omar Hamdi. This gang of noncomforming Montreal street kids, some established, some newcomers, but all specialists in their own styles, will make for a medley of varying sounds, from hard, bleak, and industrial, to undersea colours unseen, and everything between. Yet with a harmony that recalls the universe’s one true law––the world is more boundless and beautiful than anything we can imagine.
Ticket sales open up to the general public this Wednesday (March 2) at 12pm-noon. As always, pictures and videos are absolutely not permitted. This is a safe space—we ask for total respect towards your fellow dancers, and any transgressions will result in immediate removal from the premises.