Published Jan 12, 2016While Red Bull-sponsored programs like its Thre3style DJ competition have made their way through Canada over the years, the Red Bull Music Academy is about to be held in the country for the first time in nine years. A full month's worth of workshops and concerts is set to take place this autumn in Montreal.
As a press release confirms, Montreal will be the host city for 2016's Red Bull Music Academy, making it the first Canadian host of the annual event since Toronto took on those duties in 2007. As with years past, Red Bull will bring a "mindfully selected group of producers, vocalists, beatmakers, instrumentalists and DJs from around the world" into Montreal to undertake lecture sessions, studio collaborations and catch various concerts.
It's explained that Montreal was chosen as it has "been at the epicentre of Canadian artistic experimentalism for decades." Organizers cite artists like Oscar Peterson, Leonard Cohen and Arcade Fire having made an impact on the music world, while the city's "multilingual makeup and multicultural vitality supports a thriving art scene, leading-edge contributions in videogame design and animation, and some of the finest filmmakers in the world."
Montreal has been involved with Red Bull in the past, having hosted two weekend-long Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp programs since 2014. With last November's Music Academy in Paris having been cut short due to the terrorist attacks across the city, 30 selected musicians that did not get to experience their second term will be brought over to Montreal.
The Red Bull Music Academy will be choosing 40 participants for this fall's event. Applications will be taken between January 18 and March 7. You can find out more info over here.