Phénomena 2021

How do we celebrate Festival Phénomena’s 10th anniversary in the middle of a pandemic? By preparing an incredible program and by channelling our inner resilience (when it comes to reinventing ourselves, we’re used to it! We’ve been doing it for years!).

After producing an all-virtual festival in 2020, we felt it was vital to meet our audience “in real life” for our 10th edition. In 2021, we are delighted to offer a rich and varied program with 8 indoor shows, 8 outdoor performances, and 2 exhibitions. We have the great pleasure of welcoming you back to our headquarters at La Sala Rossa, ingeniously reconfigured to seat 150, as well as La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines and La Tulipe. We are also performing in several locations around the neighbourhood. So no virtual events this year—only face-to-face (masks will be required for some performances).

We also took advantage of the months-long pandemic to revisit our photo archives. We have thousands of photographs, each more magnificent than the last, courtesy of Caroline Hayeur, official phantasmic photographer since the Festival began in 2012. Presented at the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, the exhibition features a sumptuous mosaic of 266 photos that presents the most memorable moments throughout the Festival’s history. This vibrant collection required more than one agonizing decision.

Now more than ever, Phénomena’s 10th edition continues its mission to present unclassifiable, atypical, and undisciplined artists. We are proud of our inclusive and eclectic program. It is full of surprises, high on emotions, and guaranteed to take you places. Don’t let the pandemic drag you down. Swap the sweatpants and Netflix for a night of Phénomena… an “IRL” event that requires an audience!