Le Phoque OFF 2022

Le Phoque OFF 2022 is a Quebec City music festival and this year will be different since it will be taken in the metaverse (aka online) running from February 21 to 25
The festival is reinventing itself in groundbreaking fashion to present its eighth edition entirely in the NOWHERE metaverse.
Through showcases pre-recorded live on stage, music lovers will once again be able to discover the hidden gems of the Quebec and Franco-Canadian alternative music scenes, in addition to musical acts from Mexico and France.

For its eight edition, Le Phoque OFF has made it a mission to be more inclusive than ever and to further open its doors to diversity. As always, the lineup is an eclectic mix of alternative and groundbreaking artists, and this year is no different.

“We’re thrilled that nearly half our lineup is made up of women musicians this year and that we’re able to highlight artists of all stripes by teaming up with Groover (France) and Chido Carnal Fest (Mexico). One of our favourite events is Fanmi se Famni (Family is Family), a collaboration with Pasa Musik in celebration of Black History Month.”  Yanick Kapuano (Head of Programming, Le Phoque OFF)

Le Phoque OFF 2022 highlights include: Douance‘s raw, ‘90s-inspired lo-fi grunge; the sweet folk melodies of  l i l a and Charlotte Brousseau; the disco/trash sounds of MC Auguste; the hip-hop vibes of Sensei HLes Lunatiques and Worry rocking out the metaverse; Vitrail’s introduction to their post-metal palette; and many more! The festival will also present two launch shows – Solipsisme and Aléatoire – as well as Virginie B’s first performance since the release of her album Insula.

Here are picks to who is performing at this year’s festival:

Charlotte Brousseau’s songs are mysterious little folk epics. She needs movement, light and water to create. She walks while whistling and tunes to the frequency of drones. She prefers to strum the strings of her guitar one at a time – it takes her chills to give you chills https://charlottebrousseau.bandcamp.com/
Recently, Ontario-born singer-songwriter Kerry Samuels officially started working as Worry. Now based in Quebec City for two years, he released his first five-song EP (after something) in May 2021, recorded with Joey Proteau (Gaspard Eden) at Pantoum. Worry is inspired by the sound of early 90’s alternative bands like Dinosaur Jr. and The Smashing Pumpkins. Between heavy guitars and soothing sounds, Worry creates a whirlwind of emotions. A perfect mix of melodic guitars and driving rhythms, all covered by a softly sung, almost whispered voice https://worryqc.bandcamp.com/
EP launch show. Formed in the winter of 2021, Solipsisme is composed of long-time friends based in Montreal and Quebec City. In its ranks a who’s who of Quebec musicians; François Lemieux (Milanku, ex-Dark Circles) on vocals, guitar and keyboards – William Duguay-Drouin of Caravane on drums – Taylor William Fitzpatrick Johnson of White Nails on keyboards – Samuel Gadreau on guitar and Maxime Doyer on bass and vocals. Spotify

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