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PHI North offers musicians the opportunity to produce, explore, experiment and refine an artistic project. Selected participants are granted a two-week creative retreat at a riverside lodge in the Laurentian mountains featuring exclusive access to a state-of-the-art recording studio, with in-house engineer and technical assistance, and support from PHI’s team of multidisciplinary experts.
Specifically oriented for Quebec-based artists, this residency provides a much needed escape from the everyday in order for participants to completely immerse themselves in their artistry.
Recipient of the PHI North 2021 residency program, Lunice was born and raised in the city of Montreal. Internationally renowned 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.
Patti has been deeply involved in Canada's independent, underground music and contemporary art communities for more than 25 years—from running labels to performing, making radio, and programming events. She joined Brave New Waves on CBC Radio 2 in 1991, becoming Host and Executive Producer, until the program ended in 2007. Until 2012, she continued to front various CBC radio programs that illuminated music, arts and culture across the country. For 11 years she worked as a curator and producer for the MUTEK Montreal festival of electronic music and digital creativity. In 2016 she was the Artistic Director of the Convergence: Electronic Music + Visual Arts residency at the Banff Centre. She continues to work in digital arts and culture for a variety of organizations including, The British Council Canada, Pride Toronto, and Envision Management.
Benjamin Akpa was born in Switzerland. Settled in Montreal since 2007 for his university studies, he obtained his master's degree in Finance at HEC Montreal. Passionate about music and arts, he created the digital media QCLTUR (pronounced "culture") in 2018. Recognized in the music and media industry, he produced in 2021 the album "QCLTUR" gathering 41 artists (singers and music producers). The album's returns have been excellent: +1M streams in 90 days, rated 4.5/5 by the Montreal newspaper, Top 100 BDS Radio with the track "Mami feat. FouKi and Sael". Benjamin is both a record producer and editor registered at SOCAN. His musical expertise, his neutrality, and his professionalism have earned him the trust of not only SOCAN but also ADISQ and the JUNO awards to compose their jury.
Renelle Desjardins Chiasson
With over 25 years of experience in the music industry, Renelle has toured as a musician and was the label manager at Phi Group before becoming the Director of Programming at the PHI Centre. In her 15 years at PHI, she has become a key figure in the music program. She has been instrumental in the development and positioning of the PHI Centre’s renowned soundstage where musicians and artists of international repute converge.
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 Co-Lead at PHI in Montreal since 2019, and is the founder and CEO of PLUS1.ORG.
The residency for musicians
Musicians and bands, this residency is for you. This is your chance to produce, explore, experiment, or refine your music 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
With an approximate value of Can$18,000 for each session, 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 project 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.
You are a musician or band.
You have an established professional practice and you are recognized by your peers.
You reside in the province of Quebec.
You are looking for focused, uninterrupted time and space to work creatively on a specific project.
PHI is committed to equity in all its forms and values, lived experience, heritage and difference, and seeks to ensure that diverse voices are actively raised and included.
You have produced a body of work and have experience in public presentation and-or shows.
Intended session period
Description of your project
Motivations / Expectations
Audio clip (one file only — duration of less than 5 minutes)
Applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.
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 4 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)
Each session has an approximate value of Can$18,000.
The selection will be undertaken by a committee composed of PHI team members as well as three 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
Only one application (artist or group of up to 5 people) will be accepted per session. The maximum number of musicians per group may be revised to meet the requirements of public health and government authorities in the context of the pandemic.
Once the selection process is complete, only successful candidates will be notified.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
One application will be selected per session. There are 4 bedrooms to accommodate musicians, band members, etc. All COVID protocols will be strictly enforced, so this is subject to change if government regulations change.
The selected candidates will be announced in June.
The residency lasts up to 16 days.
There is no application fee.
Thanks to Sirius XM, each artist will receive an allowance of Can$1,500 for the distribution and diffusion of their video portrait across multiple platforms.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to bring a pet to PHI North’s residency site.
Artists are expected to use the space and opportunity to their full potential. No final production is required. Artists will be asked to participate in a short filming with the PHI team at some point in their residency to capture impressions and experience. We will be creating a video portrait of each selected candidate.
Protecting your health and the people around you
In case of fever and other symptoms associated with COVID-19, if you have been out of the country for less than 2 weeks or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, please advise us so that we can try to adjust the dates of the residency.
Distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask during a group session is mandatory.
A safe environment
Our team will be ready to welcome you on the premises designed and arranged in a way that ensures a safe, healthy and comfortable environment. Everything is set up to provide both peace of mind and an enriching experience, all while respecting the protocol drawn up by Public Health authorities.
A couple of hydroalcoholic gel bottles have been placed at the disposal of the artists
The number of people on our premises is limited according to Public Health guidelines. In addition, artists are encouraged to apply a physical distance between themselves in common areas. This measure is applied notably through various visual communications and the presence of the technician on staff.
Keeping areas clean
We ask artists to wash their hands regularly, wipe down and disinfect surfaces and door handles as much as possible.
An initiative made possible thanks to the support of SiriusXM