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Review of the 25th Annual Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville

Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, 20 juin 2008

This was the 25th Anniversary of the Victoriaville International New Music Festival and it was indeed a wonderful event! This was also my 20th Victo Fest and it was one of the best Victo’s that I can remember. Michel Levasseur promised something special for this year and he and his crew delivered the goods. Composer, musician, bandleaders & label-heads, Fred Frith and John Zorn, two of the most influential and popular of those icons who return to Victo time and again, were involved in two sets a piece and attracted bigger crowds than usual. Fred Frith unveiled his new rock band, Cosa Brava on day 2 and closed the fest with the much-anticipated return of the Art Bears (Songbook). The Victo played on day one with The Dreamers project and unveiled the explosive Moonchild, a North American debut that still hasn’t been performed in NY. And that’s just 4 of the 24 mostly incredible shows that Victo featured this year. More passports (a festival pass for all of the concerts) were sold than any other year. Hence, the Art Bears, Frith’s debut band and both Zorn projects, as well as a wealth of other challenging sets, seems to inspire some folks to come out of the woodwork. Friends that haven’t been to Victo in many years, as well as lots of newcomers showed up for this special event. […]

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