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The Montreal X Factor

Is it possible to identify that je ne sais quoi that has made this city a hub of creative musical energy? 

From jazz to folk, rock to punk, Montreal musicians have garnered international reputation and accolades for years. 

To what can we account this extraordinary rise of contemporary music in this city? 

The Montreal X Factor is a panel discussion, hosted by Jeanette Kelly and sponsored by Geurnica Editions. It was recorded live, earlier this season, during the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival

Listen to the panel: 

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Note: Because of copyright laws, we are obliged to remove the music from the audio we post on the Web. Here are the songs we played during the taping of the broadcast:

A track by Afuken

(Photo by Miguel Legault. Courtesy of Piknic Electronik.)

About the Panel: 

Raymond Beauchemin lived in Montreal and was an editor at The Gazette. His articles and essays have appeared in The Gazette, The National, The National Post, and Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.  His the author of Everything I Own, a book he calls "a love story about Quebec and Quebec music." 

Dimitri Nasrallah is a music journalist and critic who has written extensively about electronic music since 2002. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, CBC Music, The Montreal Gazette, and several other music publications. He currently edits the electronic music section for national music magazine Exclaim!. He is also the author of two novels, Niko and Blackbodying

When we asked Alan Lord to send us a line or two about how he would like to be introduced, he sent a paragraph, starting with, "Unlike a lot of better know musicians "from Montreal", such as Arcade Fire, Alan Lord was actually born and grew up in Montreal". Alan started playing in bands from the time he was 11 years old. He was a figure in the late 70s punk new wave scene. His band is called The Falling Men. He is the author of a book of satire is called ATM Sex. There's so much more we could tell you about Alan, but we only have so much space. 

Lucinda Catchlove has been writing about arts and culture in Montreal for about two decades. Once upon a time she played in rock bands (Shlonk!, My Dog Popper).  She has also worked for a variety of labels and festival, including Ninja Tunes and Mutek.