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The 2011 FVA: 10 Years of Taking Risks and Breaking Rules

Friday, January 14, 2011
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Full program details on February 1st!

For the past 10 years, the Festival Voix d’Amériques, orchestrated by D. Kimm and Les Filles Électriques, has been taking chances on emerging voices and artistic discoveries. The FVA has become a special place for poetry-in-performance and interdisciplinarity, a showcase for creative risk, openness and innovation. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, March 11 to 18, 2011, the FVA has scheduled two guest artists, with all mainstage shows at $10 (tax included), in addition to free festivities! There’s going to be a party, and everyone is invited to jubilate!

Our two Guests of Honour reflect everything the FVA and Les Filles Électriques are about: generous, cheeky, genre-mixing, astonishing. Together, they represent the many facets of the Festival, at once honest and over the top.

A central figure on the roots music scene, Michel Faubert is a storyteller, singer and musician known for his original artistry. Whether talking about his recordings of traditional tales and songs, or his work with Les Charbonniers de L’Enfer, the critics are unanimous in recognizing his unique approach. Michel Faubert bridges the gap between past and present, dusting off our shared history and putting the rock into folk. And in everything he does, he touches our hearts. He is a long-time contributor to the FVA, and—you’ve been warned!—his ideas for our 10th anniversary were full of surprises!

Melissa Auf der Maur is not only the gifted bass player you know from her time with the legendary bands Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins. She is also a demanding interdisciplinary artist who is, right now, at the top of her indie career. Her world ranges across rock, film and comics to explore her favourite themes (myth, ritual, blood, Vikings, witches…). A singular and mysterious world that is yours to discover in the great room at La Tulipe. The FVA is proud to honour this hot Montreal rocker with the huge international reputation. Most of all, what we love is her sass, her freedom, her inner warrior and her spirit.

The 10th FVA also sees the return of our infamous Combat contre la langue de bois, the French-language soapbox event that is often imitated, never equalled! To celebrate its 7th round, the FVA has organized a mega-rant at La Tulipe. Finally! Everyone (or almost) who wants to get in will be able to! The evening will be hosted by the ever elegant Stéphane Crête in person. The FVA guarantees you’ll see a full-out attack on the mealy-mouthed and the phony in public discourse. Other shows on the roster include rare (even exclusive!) performances by artists from New York and Europe, as well as local talent. And of course, our DADA Cabaret is back, as off-road as ever!

And did we mention that all mainstage tickets cost $10, tax included?

Our regular, free series showcasing up-and-coming talent look more promising than ever. The “5 à 7 Band + Poetry” event is moving to the Divan Orange, still featuring exuberant encounters between music and words from young downtown artists. The “Night Shift” series stays in our beloved Casa del Popolo, offering end-of-evening shows busting out with the wild and the naughty. A musical act or performance takes the stage each night at 10 p.m. followed by the Open Mic at 11 p.m. Be there to discover the new and the extreme, hosted by the extravagant Pascal-Angelo Fioramore.

Full program details go online, and tickets go on sale, on February 1st!