FME 2022 Preview

A special look-ahead to the sounds and sights of the 2022 edition of FME — the festival’s twentieth edition — that DOMINIONATED contributor Matt Hertendy will be checking out.

Each year during FME — Festival de Musique Émergente de Abitibi-Témiscamingue — thousands of dedicated music lovers and dozens of the finest up-and-coming and established musical acts bring the party to the small Quebec mining town of Rouyn-Noranda. This year DOMINIONATED will be on the scene with daily dispatches, real-time social media coverage and more, marking FME’s twentieth anniversary. Before the excitement commences, here are some acts we are excited to catch at this year’s festival. 

2022 Polaris Music Prize People

A truly astonishing number of 2022 Polaris Music Prize-recognized artists will take the stage this year at FME. Longlisters Julie Doiron, Les Louanges, Lydia Képinski, P’tit Belliveau and Shortlisters Hubert Lenoir, Lisa Leblanc and Ombiigizi are among the much-lauded acts to catch at this year’s festival, each touring behind exceptional albums. This is a testament to the festival’s programming department and its appeal to artists as a can’t-miss festival. 

Julie Doiron, I Thought of You

Julie Doiron’s I Thought of You offers hope and love at a time when both feel out of reach. Read the review.

Ombiigizi, Sewn Back Together

Ombiigizi’s debut flows like a river, finding a path forward against all obstacles. Read the review.

Wordsmiths and Beat Makers

The Quebec hip-hop and rap scene are well represented at this year’s festival. After a fifteen-year hiatus, fans are celebrating the return of Connaisseur Ticaso to the stage. 

High-profile rapper Loud will be in attendance following a history of sold-out performances at notable venues such as the Bell Centre and Vidéotron Centre. 

Loud, Une année record

Une année record finds Loud laying claim to his spot in the growing pantheon of Canadian urban music. Read the review.

Keep an ear out for an exciting border crossing collaboration between Montreal and Lyon rap collective Latitude 45. This Translatlantic artistic rivalry is sure to bring an incredible atmosphere and an exciting showcase of rhythm and flow to this year’s festival. 

Beeps and Boops

If you are like me and absolutely love some wicked synths, FME is the place to be. Rich Aucoin will be bringing material from his upcoming quadruple album, Synthetic, which features thirty-seven keyboards. Which keyboards, and how many will we see onstage this weekend? We’re excited to find out. 

Sheenah Ko, who you may know as the keyboardist of The Besnard Lakes, is playing a set of her solo work, which includes the newly released album Future is Now. Ko’s complex arrangements and textures will cascade from the stage on the bank of the beautiful Lac Osisko.

Surprises! 

Throughout the last few weeks, the festival has cryptically teased a number of pop-up shows and surprise performances. We’ll keep our eyes peeled and try not to let our imaginations run too wild as to what this could entail. Stay up to date on all the festival trickery by downloading the FME app from your local app store. 

FME is renowned for its hospitality and its ability to animate an entire town with its energy and ingenuity. We’re truly excited to see what the festival has up its sleeve for its twentieth edition. 

Watch for Matt’s dispatches from FME throughout the festival weekend on our site and our Instagram.


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