Many of life’s most memorable moments are marked by music, the sounds of a time and a place. Taken together, they form the soundtrack of your life. Like those other unforgettable experiences, C2 also has a soundtrack courtesy of a stylistically wide-ranging roster of artistic programming that, over three days and nights, will move both body and soul. And it all begins with an orchestral bang…
Maestro Kent Nagano & the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)
From the very first wave of his baton, Kent Nagano had the city of Montréal under his spell. For more than 10 years, the love story between the music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and his adopted city has only grown stronger. The versatile leader began his career conducting some of the world’s most renowned orchestras, presenting great works from the masters as well as daring niche creations. From DJ Champion to Peter Eötvös, from Fred Pellerin to Johann Sebastian Bach, from the Olympic Stadium to the Maison Symphonique, maestro Nagano gracefully goes from immaculate tuxedo to his Montréal Canadiens hockey jersey in the course of showcasing his art. With a mission to make classical music more accessible, he’s constantly building new bridges between the orchestra and Montréal’s cultural ecosystem. A much sought-after guest conductor, maestro Nagano works regularly with the world’s most prestigious orchestras.
Listen to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s latest albums on Spotify
Raised in Brussels and Budapest, the duo YoMiu began their DJ career producing weekly mixtapes. The desire to transfer all these musical discoveries to the stage quickly set in. Now based in Montreal, YoMiu has performed at various events around the city, as well as in Bangkok, Paris, and Brussels. Disco, funk, deep house, techno: anything that grooves is fair game!
Listen on Soundcloud
Over the course of his many projects, DJ Nik Olson has developed a style that is all his own, combining house and deep house with numerous other musical genres including jazz, hip hop, and techno. Splitting his time between Montreal and Bern, he has performed at a multitude of events in Canada and across Europe.
Listen a to mix on Soundcloud
Butterscotch, the retro-futuristic, voice percussionist virtuosa, is a force to be reckoned with in today’s music scene. Butterscotch has rocked stages worldwide and leaves audiences literally clamoring for more. A powerful blend of jazz, soul, hip hop, and R&B, Butterscotch’s musical world is as unique as her genetic makeup. Butterscotch began her career in hip hop’s underground beatbox battle scene, ultimately being crowned the world’s first female beatbox champion in 2005. Soon thereafter, a breakthrough performance on America’s Got Talent introduced her to the world when she performed her version of the jazz standard My Funny Valentine — simultaneously singing, beatboxing, and playing the piano. The exposure on national TV gained her thousands of fans and kickstarted a prolific career that continues to this day. She has traveled the world, opening for and performing alongside legends such as Nile Rodgers, Sergio Mendes, Bobby McFerrin, Wyclef Jean, Patti Austin, LA Philharmonic, and the WDR Big Band, to name a few.
Listen to her new album “The Scotch Tapes, Vol 1-3” on Bandcamp
GAYANCE, born Aïsha Vertus, translates her musical knowledge into an “exquisite corpse”. She’s aiming to recreate the carnival ambiance of the Caribbean, from the percussion of Northern Brazil to soulful cosmic music. Toggling between the worlds of mp3’s and vinyls, this 25-year-old Montreal DJ ranks among the best selectors of her generation. Along with being a DJ, she’s also a journalist and a music programmer for your fav band’s bar and your fav Montreal festival.
GAYANCE has set the stage and vibe for headlining acts such as Illa J, Branko, Discwoman, Kaytranada, and Mykki Blanco. Aïsha has performed at several outdoor events in Montreal, and festivals including Pop Montreal and 24 Hours of Vinyl. She co-hosts Fresh Taste on Brooklyn radio and also has her own show called WITCHES BREW on n10as.
Listen on Mixcloud
Gabriel L.B. Malenfant was born on the East Coast, in Moncton, the land of Acadia, which is known for its vast forests and beaches, as well as its fiery people who are full of celebration and raw energy. Gab has been channeling that vibe since 1997 (the year he bought his first turntables) by hosting DJ nights under his former moniker dj tekstyle.
In 2007, he founded the group Radio Radio with his Nova Scotia friends. Initially, he took on the role of turntablist, and later became a lead MC. Together, the electro-rap ensemble released five albums, toured across Canada, the U.S., France, Belgium, and China, received several awards (including the ADISQ and the ECMAs), and were even short-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.
During his sets, expect a mix of sexy, upbeat, psychedelic grooves that will whip the crowd into a tribal frenzy. He may even give a sneak peek of his next album, Conspiring Universe.
Listen on Soundcloud to one of the songs produced by G.L.B.M
The Gulf Stream is an electronic music duo composed of Ivann Uruena (Kodok) and Jérôme Guilleaume (BSLC). Formed in Montreal in 2009, they have signed multiple releases on labels like Archipel, Daly City, or Grrreat Records, showing a wide range of creative ideas. In studio and on stage, they produce rich layered music, composing sound forged around powerful basses, full of subtle samples and melodic synths. They’ve been seen performing in festivals such as Mutek, Piknic Electronik, Igloofest, FME and many others.
Listen on Bandcamp
Listen to “Fool Me” by BSLC (Jérôme Guilleaume) with DoMi
Born Dominique Fils-Aimé, DoMi is a child of Montreal whose talent pulses to the beat of her hometown. Particularly known in Montreal’s soul, jazz, and R&B scene, she came to the attention of a wider Quebec audience in 2015, on the TV show The Voice, during which she reached the semi-finals under the guidance of singer Pierre Lapointe. DoMi, who sings with several bands in addition to pursuing a solo career, recently signed with Ensoul Records. In 2015, she released an EP tinged with jazz, soul, funk, and rhythm and blues.
Listen to DoMi’s EP on Spotify
Listen to “Fool Me” by BSLC (Jérôme Guilleaume) with DoMi
Chromeo is an electro-funk duo formed in Montreal in 2002 by Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel and David “Dave 1” Macklovitch. The two musicians, who have defined themselves as the only successful Arab/Jewish musical partnership since the dawn of time, have a sound that blends dance music, soul, rock, disco, and especially funk. The duo quickly gained international recognition following the 2004 release of their first album, She’s in Control.
Listen to Chromeo’s latest album, “White Women”, on Spotify
Sofi Tukker (DJ Set)
SOFI TUKKER’s success was anything but planned. The band’s very existence happened haphazardly after Sophie Hawley-Weld met Tucker Halpern during an art show at Brown University, where they both happened to be performing. It only took a couple of months before the NYC-based duo penned their viral track “Drinkee”, which has since been featured in an Apple Watch Ad, racked up over 20 million Spotify streams, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. The song was the first they ever wrote, and became the backbone of their wildly successful EP, Soft Animals. The duo’s unprecedented success with their first EP has left countless fans anticipating their next collection of songs, which will combine a guitar-led edge with the playfulness and myriad of international influences that has made their current catalogue of songs attain such recognition.
Discover their EP “Soft Animals” on Spotify
Nino Brown is no stranger to making dance floors across the country (and the US/Trinidad) sweat, grind, slow whine, head nod, flash a lighter, bounce, or just plain old two-step.
Nino is a founder of Canada’s premier inclusive hip hop and dancehall party Yes Yes Y’all (Toronto), which has been voted one of the city’s top jams since its genesis in 2009. The YYY crew is known for their emphasis on diversity and inclusivity, and their event has become a Toronto institution, attracting both local and international talent. In 2012, Nino founded YYY’s sister event in Montreal, the monthly Cousins Party.
In addition, Nino performs resident DJ/promoter duties all over some of Toronto’s hottest parties and spearheaded an underground urban music movement in the city that links music, style, politics, and a proper bashment.
Listen on Soundcloud
Walla P is the founder, DJ, and host of Voyage Funktastique, a radio show, night, label, and platform dedicated to promoting modern funk and boogie.
He’s been a regular guest on the worldwide known WEFUNK radio show, played at Funkmosphere L.A., and toured in Europe (Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels, Bordeaux, Lyon). On the local scene, he has performed at Piknic Électronik, M for Montreal, Montreal International Jazz Festival, POP Montreal, MEG, 24HOV, and performed alongside Peanut Butter Wolf, Onra, Skratch Bastid, Kaytranada, Pomo, Shash’u, and Lexis.
He has collaborated with Clarks Originals, Darker Than Wax, First Ear Radio, and his Radio Show was featured on Okayplayer. He’s also a contributor/writer for Music Is My Sanctuary.
A&R and label manager at Turbo and Multi Culti, Thomas Von Party is both an international music bizz magnate and mainstay in Montreal’s thriving electronic music scene. In 2014, he opened Datcha, ranked by ‘Cult Mtl’ as the top night club in the city, where he curates and acts as resident DJ. He’s had all the big local plays with Piknic Electronik, Mutek, Igloofest, AIM, and Stereo, and has toured the world, previously as sonic ambassador for Turbo, but more recently showcasing his deeper, trippier, funkier side as groove chief at Multi Culti, a label as well as production duo (alongside Dreems) dedicated to psychedelic-exotic music.
2017 promises to bring loads of new music from TVP, including the launch of a new label in Party Central.
Listen on Soundcloud
Moonshine is a Montreal-based, Afro-futuristic collective of musicians, DJ’s, and visual artists. It began as the team behind a secret after-hours party in less-than-obvious locations across the city, announced through cryptic videos and text messages. DJ’s Pierre Kwenders and Bonbon Kojak would play wide-ranging tracks, often accompanied by live musicians, with visual installations from Boycott. As the name indicates, the parties coincided with full moons, and lasted until there was no moonlight left. In a few short moons, Moonshine was drawing close to a thousand people every month and becoming a cult party praised by major media like Noisey and taste-making blogs alike, while taking over the stages of major festivals and events such as Igloofest, Toronto Pride, Montréal en Lumière, or Osheaga, as well as programming internationally-renowned acts such as Branko, LSDXOXO, Windows 98, Funkineven, Shabazz Palaces or Uproot Andy.
Listen on Soundcloud to a mix by Bonbon Kojak, one of Moonshine’s resident DJ’s
Men I Trust
Men I Trust is Dragos, Jessy, and Emma.
Founded in 2014, Men I Trust (menitrust.com) is an indie-dance/trip-hop band from Quebec City that directs and produces its own music videos. With more than 25 mentions on Hype Machine and 1.2 million streams on Spotify, SoundCloud, and Youtube, the band has a solid reputation online. In 2016, Men I Trust was part of the line-up for Canadian Music Week (Toronto), the Montreal International Jazz Festival, M for Montreal, Pop Montreal, and Quebec City’s Festival d’été de Québec. The group has also performed in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Beijing.
Listen on Bandcamp
Jazzamboka is the coming together of the words ‘jazz’ and ‘yamboka’, meaning village or country in the Congolese language of Lingala.
Despite its name, the band, made up of five Quebec residents, two of Congolese origin, does not limit itself to conventional jazz. Instead, its members prefer to draw on their diverse musical backgrounds including hip hop, soukous, bebop, funk, rock, electronic and, above all, the music of Central Africa.
Incorporating a variety of traditional and ancestral musical instruments, namely the lokolé and the ngoma, into the band’s core instrumentation helps creates Jazzamboka’s unique, signature sound.
The Hugo Mayrand Trio draws its inspiration from both modern jazz and the traditional rhythms of Brazilian music (samba, choro, bossa nova). Formed in 2014, the band won first prize, in 2015, in the prestigious Jazz en rafale competition, along with the audience award of the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski. Hugo Mayrand released his first album Phasme in 2016.
Listen to excerpts from their album “Phasme”
Simon Denizart Trio
Originally from Créteil, French pianist Simon Denizart came to Montreal in 2011. In 2013, he formed his trio, SD3, with Jeanne Corpataux on double bass and Simon Bellemare on drums. Selected to play in the new talent competition at the Rimouski Jazz Festival in 2014, the trio won the people’s choice award. Bolstered by this prize, the trio went on tour, playing 20 shows across Quebec. The three musicians, with the assistance of the Canadian label The 270 Sessions, released their first album, Between Two Worlds, in September 2015. To gain overseas exposure, SD3 headed for Europe (France, Poland) in the fall of 2015 and met with considerable success. Named Radio-Canada’s Jazz Discovery in 2016-17, the trio released its second album, Beautiful People, in the fall of 2016. Drawing on influences from world music and European jazz, SD3’s music is soft, deeply-felt, and dynamic, infused with subtle, accessible melodies.
Listen to “Pocket Wheels”, an excerpt from their album “Beautiful People”