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Pictures of the free outdoor stage during a previous edition of MUTEK

Pictures of the free outdoor stage during a previous edition of MUTEK

© Vivien Gaumand & © Bruno Destombes for MUTEK Festival

After two years of adapted programming, MUTEK, the International festival of electronic music and visual arts is back in town from August 23 to 28, and you can get a glimpse for free.

Now with editions in five cities worldwide, MUTEK promises 80 art performances with over 100 artists from 21 countries during its flagship Montreal event this year. Performances include the festival's A/Visions ("large-scale audiovisual creations that merge images, sound and technology") and "nocturnes" (a series "dedicated to electronic music’s more rhythmic and enthralling forms of expression" that "features original, immersive scenography").

You have to pay to attend most shows. But luckily, MUTEK is setting up a free outdoor stage for the first time at the Esplanade Tranquille in the Quartier des Spectacles. So you can get a little dose of audiovisual magic without spending a loonie.

Every night from 5 p.m. — except on August 23 when the free show starts at 6.30 p.m — you can expect many DJ sets by artists including Ramzilla, Vanyfox, Edna King and Cosmic JD.

It will be the last international summer festival at the Quartier des Spectacles in 2022.

MUTEK will donate 1% of the sales from each passport, pass, and ticket to the Planetair reforestation project. Students and groups get discounts.

Plus, if you can't afford to celebrate MUTEK at Quartier des Spectacles, you can do it at Parc Jean-Drapeau! The festival is getting its own Piknic Électronik on August 28, and tickets are only $20.

MUTEK Montréal

When: August 23 to 28

Where: Quartier des Spectacles.

Cost: Free DJ sets every evening

  • $254 for a Passport
  • $180 for a Weekend Pass ($90 light version)
  • $65 for a Friday Pass
  • $70 for a Saturday Pass
  • $40 for one Nocturne or one A/Visions Experience
  • $35 for Play 3 or the Special event
  • $30 for Play 1 or Play 2

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    Charlotte Hoareau
    Staff Writer
    Charlotte Hoareau is a Staff Writer for MTL Blog focused in things to do in Montreal and Montreal weather. She is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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