Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2019, Part 2-2

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The Ex, playing new music once again as per custom, were great and great fun, once again. Drummer Katerina Bornefeld fuels the band with a beat so righteous and heavy that they don't need a bassist. The three guitars of Terrie Hessels (the sole remaining original member), Andy Moor, and Arnold De Boer, the band's singer, engaged in a complex interplay over the pounding beat, and even the old folks danced in the aisles.

So another FIMAV came to an end. People at Victo don't usually dance, but there was reason to, as the overall quality of the performances was perhaps the best many of the regulars have ever seen. The 35th edition felt like something of a summary of the previous 34, and was even marked by the publication of Musique Actuelle: Topographie d'un Genre by Montreal writer Rejean Beacuage, which focuses a great deal on FIMAV and its role in nurturing Quebec's mystique actually movement. Well done, and looking forward, as always, to the next.

Photo credit: Martin Morissette


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