Published on July 10th, 2022 | by Stacey McLaughlin0
Festivals: FME 2022 Preview
The 2022 edition of Festival de Musique Émergente en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, or FME, is set to take place from September 1st to 4th in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.
Last year’s FME festival was extremely successful despite the numerous safety protocols and restrictions in place, so this year, festival organizers are very excited to do even more. The return of international artists and ability to have larger capacity events promises to be a true return to form for this emerging music festival.
This is the festival’s 20th year, and they are presenting a full festival experience for attendants. The shows take place in numerous venues and locations throughout the pleasantly walkable townsite of Rouyn-Noranda. These diverse settings include: outdoor venue Guinguette chez Edmund which is located near Lake Osiko; the cozy Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda and Sous-sol du Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda; the pubby Cabaret de la Dernière Chance and Diable Rond; former movie theatre turned reception venue Paramount; the local Curling Club has been transformed into “Le Hub Desjardins”; Garage Rheault; and the mainstage: Scène Vidéotron which is now located on Murdoch Avenue at the corner of 8th Street. In addition to the scheduled performances (which are currently listed on FME’s website) this festival is known for its unexpected and always entertaining pop up shows that spring up without warning throughout the weekend. Download the app and turn on notifications not only to plan your day, but to also receive notifications of these surprise pop up shows.
There will be an opportunity to see 100+ shows at this weekend festival, so plan proactively. There will be artists who you have heard of and would like to see, but this festival is a unique opportunity to experience and discover new music. This year artists from all over Canada, the US, Europe, and Africa are traveling to this festival. Many of those traveling from abroad are arriving to play for their first time in Canada, which makes their performances extra special. Make space in your schedule for new music discovery, you will not be disappointed. This year headliners include captivating Québécois pop artist Hubert Lenoir; American experimental pop band Animal Collective; self-proclaimed folk-trash singer Lisa Leblanc; and Québécois rapper Loud.
As the location of the festival itself is a destination in and of itself, it really lends itself to an immersive festival experience. While in Rouyn-Noranda, in addition to all of the beautiful scenery, there are a wide variety of restaurants, accommodations, and tourist attractions to consider. While accommodations and extra tourist attractions will vary based on your individual needs and preferences, there are a few don’t miss restaurants that I have completely fallen in love with during previous trips to FME. To start, Le Trèfle Noir is a craft beer enthusiast’s must visit spot. The microbrewery’s beer selection is outstanding (I recommend getting a flight so you can try more varieties) the food and service is next level excellence as well. For a decadent meal in an unassuming and friendly atmosphere, I strongly recommend a festival favourite, Le Cachottier Bistro, Bar. Here you will find outstanding locally sourced cuisine in addition to a well rounded craft beer, wine, and cocktail menu. Lastly, no visit to FME would be complete without a visit to Chez Morasse for some late night poutine. Try the pogotine, served with enticing honey mustard, it’s absolutely transcendent.
Come celebrate 20 years of new and emerging music in a dazzling setting at FME this year. Keep an eye on the social media.