MONTREAL, September 6th
M for Montreal unveils its 2022 pro component
The “normal” has never been as hype as this year at M for Montreal! After two editions turned upside down by the COVID-19, the city’s premier pro music event is finally back to its former self for its 17th edition, taking place from November 16 to 19, 2022 in person and on the organization’s digital platforms.
300 pros from here and abroad will once again meet in Montreal to participate in the various showcases and exchange and networking activities scheduled in several mythical locations in the city.
Showcases of the Official Selection
M for Montreal is expanding its showcases from 20 artists in 2021 to 30 in 2022 as part of its Official Selection. The participation of Ariane Roy, dee holt, Fernie, Lisa Leblanc, Odreii, Slow Down Molasses (SK), Soran and Virginie B had already been announced last July. Now a plethora of artists including Bibi Club, Cedric Noel, Emma Beko, Jesse Mac Cormack, Marilyne Léonard, N NAO, Pelch, SLM, Valence and Vanille have been added. Two of the most prominent Quebec artists of the year will also be on the program: Lydia Képinski and Clay and Friends, who will perform for the Montreal public once again this year. Also, M for Montreal will welcome an important delegation of artists from outside Quebec: Albert Dalton, the product of a first-ever partnership with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, C. Diab (BC), Julien’s Daughter (MB), Kamikaze Nurse (BC), Sunglaciers (AB), Virgo Rising (MB) and Witch Prophet (ON), as well as Ontario Anishinabe duo Ombiigizi, nominated for the 2022 Polaris Prize, and Luxembourg-based artist C’est Karma. M for Montreal is taking this opportunity to embody its values of equity and inclusivity through a particularly varied and more than equal proposals.
While some of these showcases are reserved for Pro and Melomaniac badge holders only, others, held at the Belmont on November 16, at Club Soda on November 17 and 18 and under the Van Horne Viaduct on November 18, will be open to the general public. Stay tuned: the exact program for these four evenings will be revealed on October 11.
With its conference component, M for Montreal continues its mission to address current issues in the music industry. Delegates will be able to learn more about the complex subject of copyright in the Metaverse, or discover more about the impact of A&R on the international scene. In addition, a series of discussions and workshops will be directly aimed at questioning the practices of the music industry with regards to the treatment of mental health among its members, a subject that could not be more relevant with the issues related to teleworking and the heavy consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had on a sector that is purely linked to events and entertainment.
Finally, M for Montreal is particularly proud to welcome the mythical Megan Jasper, CEO of Sub Pop Records in Seattle, for a keynote.
M for Montreal will also promote more than ever the meetings and exchanges between local and international professionals through various activities, including the traditional virtual M for Mixer, and an optimized virtual platform. The Supervision Department, which offers meetings on the art of music supervision with industry decision makers, will be enhanced with a doubled number of meetings, no less. As part of this component, students from Montreal universities will be able to attend activities to better discover the workings of their future professional environment.
Partner delegations from Wales, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands will also be in town to present activities for accredited professionals. Music PEI’s Brunch Club is back on track too, with 4 bands performing during the event.
Finally, the Artist Lab co-presented by TuneCore and QUB musique event, offering various activities directly aimed at artists and the general public, is back after a two-year absence.
M for Montreal was supported by Marauder (US) in the co-programming of the pro component. Factory92 (DE) and other essential collaborators also helped the M team in canvasing prestigious international delegations from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Francophonie.
M for Marathon
M for Montreal is also announcing the return for a second edition of its public component M for Marathon presented by SiriusXM. Fifteen Montreal venues will host an eclectic selection of established artists and curiosities to discover before anyone else. The complete program of this event will be unveiled on October 11th.
M for Montreal pro accreditations are on sale at the regular rate of $500. A limited number of Melomaniac badges, giving access to certain showcases, are also available to the general public for $100.
About M for Montreal
M for Montreal is a music conference and festival taking place every November and showcasing about 100 local and international buzz-worthy and breakout bands in around 15 venues across Montreal. Top music industry professionals mingle with fans and artists at one of the most vibrant music events of the season.