Develop your next sound piece or musical project at a creative retreat located on the bank of a river in the Laurentian mountains. PHI Residencies — NORTH offers musicians, bands and sound artists the opportunity to produce, explore, experiment and refine their artistic project. Residents will be granted a two-week retreat in the Laurentian mountains at a riverside lodge featuring exclusive access to a state-of-the-art recording studio and full support from PHI’s team of multidisciplinary experts.
> Session 1: Lunice (April 19th to May 3rd 2021)
Born and raised in the city of Montreal, internationally renowned Canadian Artist, Producer and DJ, Lunice is a disciple of Hip Hop. Experimenting with electro synth sounds layered over pounding bass and drums, he soon developed a sonic aesthetic that kept the spirit of rap music while remaining as potent on the dancefloor as anything else.
> Session 2: Eve Parker Finley: (May/June 2021)
Eve Parker Finley is a noted Montreal multi-instrumentalist, comedian, and upcoming Indie Pop Superstar. Braiding a dense and deliberate web of string arrangements and classical naturalism into a former raver’s penchant for programmed beats and four on the floor grooves, Finley has been a mainstay in the Montreal independent scene for nearly a decade.
> Session 3: Gayance : (September/October 2021)
Gayance is a creole word for "joyfulness". Since Aïsha Vertus is always unapologetic, it was the perfect name for her musical project that would also celebrate her Haitian roots. Born and raised in Montreal, the DJ with eclectic musical tastes has been tearing down venues in Paris, Amsterdam, Brooklyn, Marrakech, Berlin and more. She made her debut at n10as, The Lot Radio, Kiosk Radio, Rinse FM France and Radio-Canada.
The Selection Committee
Dahlia Cheng is a Montreal-based Digital Strategist working for the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art since 2014.
With more than 25 years of music industry experience, Renelle toured as a musician and was PHI's Label Manager before becoming Director of Programming at the PHI Centre.
Narcy, real name Yassin Alsalman is a polymath. He is a multi-media artist based out of Montreal, Canada and one half of WeAreTheMedium, a culture point for publishing, media and the arts.
Marika Anthony-Shaw is a musician, social entrepreneur, and strategist specializing in the intersection of advocacy and culture. She is the Senior Advisor and Residencies Lead at PHI in Montreal since 2019, and is the founder and CEO of PLUS1.ORG.
Tao is the Founder/Agent at Blue Crane Agency, a music booking agency seeking to prioritize women, artists of color, and LGBTQ+ musicians in North America and abroad.
Cohorts planned for 2021
April 19 to May 3
"PHI North is a healing experience for the artist at this time. To be in a safe space, with access to everything you need, isolated from the world — it helps you create freely. A feeling seldom felt in a global lockdown."
The new residency for musicians and sound artists
Musicians, bands and sound artists, this residency is for you. This is your chance to produce, explore, experiment, or refine your artistic project, whether it is in its early, middle or final stages. Get ready to experience a complete two-week immersion in an intimate, quiet and peaceful setting, the golden opportunity to expand your practice.
Introspection at the service of creation
Give yourself a break from your daily routine and devote yourself entirely to your project. In a lodge on the banks of a river in the Laurentian mountains, explore your artistic practice and enjoy a work environment that is both resourcing and inspiring.
Push the limits of your practice and indulge in a journey of self-reflection that will open the door to new avenues of creation. Test it, enhance it, or give it a new direction, you are in the driver's seat.
A state-of-the-art recording studio at the heart of nature
Produce your musical and sound piece with exclusive access to a state-of-the-art recording studio, a network of multidisciplinary experts acknowledged in their fields, and a dedicated technical support team attentive to your needs.
PHI Residency — NORTH program calendar
Registration is open for the three cohorts planned for 2021.
- Session 1: April/May
- Session 2: June/July
- Session 3: September/October
Important notice: the dates above are approximate and may be subject to change according to the artist's availability.
- You are a musician, band or audio creator.
- You have an established professional practice and you are recognized by your peers.
- You reside in Canada.
- You have produced a body of work and have experience in public presentation and-or shows.
- You have completed the registration form before March 1, 2021 and have taken the time to fill in the following informations:
- Contact information
- Intended cohort
- Description of your project
- Motivations / Expectations
- Musical or creative style
- Completed projects
- You will also need to provide the following documents:
- Short biography
- Audio Clip
Applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.
You are required to be available during the period of residency.
- Live-in creative loft in a stunning retreat setting
- State-of-the-art studio space made available during the residency
- Sound engineer/technical support and assistant (up to 10 hours per day)
- Separate 3 bedroom living quarters with full kitchen: quietude as a creative retreat in nature, away from the urban centre
- Opportunity to connect with PHI creative, technical and programming teams (up to 5 hours)
The selection will be undertaken by a committee composed of PHI team members as well as two external nominated committee members to reflect a diverse set of expertise and perspectives. Applications are reviewed according to the following evaluation criteria:
- The conceptual and formal rigour of the proposed project
- The quality of the proposal and the impact that the residency may have on the development of the project
- Completed artistic projects
In order to meet the requirements of public health authorities and government in the current pandemic context, only one application (artist or band) will be selected per cohort.
Once the selection process is complete, only successful candidates will be notified.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Each session will be composed of one artist or band of up to 4 people.
The selected candidates will be announced in April.
The residency lasts 14 days.
There is no application fee.