FIMAV 2011 Review

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Founded in 1983, Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV), has skipped only two years — 1993, when it was cancelled as a result of Victo’s mayor attempting to hijack the curatorial agenda and push it in a more poppy direction; and 2008, when the fatigued organizers decided to vacay. This year’s four-day avant-marathon — May 19-22 — featured 19 concerts that shuffled between two venues and three stages: a movie theatre and an ice rink divided into two black box theaters. With only a short stretch between the two venues such that audience members walked betwixt with ease, a temporary feeling of community emerged as interlocutors rapped about the previous concert.