There are a lot of festivals out there, some you might know about, some you might not. One of those lesser known ones is Festival De Musique Émergente (FME) located in a small town of Rouyn-Noranda, a few hours out of Montreal in the Abitibi region.
FME is unlike any festival you might attend, it falls into the short list of the original few, by one measure or another. Over the Labour Day long weekend the festival takes over the town of Rouyn-Noranda in full: indoor and outdoor performances, pop up shows, art installations, and themed nights featuring music across various genres – whatever you’re into, you’re likely going to find it here. People drive from all over Quebec, fly from across Canada, and sometimes across the ocean, to attend FME. Quip had the pleasure of attending a couple years ago, and let’s just say, we haven’t forgotten what it’s like.
This year is the 15th edition of FME. For the anniversary the festival celebrates the Spirit and have put together an impressive line up of international performers. Some that we are particularly looking forward to are Fakear, Geoffroy, and off course, Canada’s pride and joy A Tribe Called Red. Among other 70+ artists are: Andy Shauf, A Place to Bury Strangers, Jason Bajada, Kroy, Pierre Kwenders, The Franklin Electric, Betty Bonifassi, Duchess Says, Elephant Stone, and La Bronze, just to name a few.