Jason C. McLean speaks with Montreal musician Paul Kasner (aka Venus Furs) about moving from live shows to releasing music during the pandemic, creating his own label and working with streaming services like Spotify.
Montreal Arts & Music This Week: Venus Furs + Luminothérapie & Coeur Battant
This week, the curfew continues and so do the Montreal arts and music. We’ve got a music video and an actual outdoor event. Let’s get started!
Venus Furs’ New Inspiration Music Video
Before COVID hit and everything changed, you could find Montreal’s Venus Furs (aka Paul Kasner) playing POP Montreal and opening for acts like The Horrors and The Twilight Sad. Last year, though, the Montreal-based shoegaze (also know as dream pop) artist launched his own record label called Silk Screaming and released a self-titled debut album.
Then, this past Tuesday, he released a music video for the single New Inspiration. Justis Krar directed the video and Kasner plays all instruments on the track except for bass and drums.
Here it is:
Venus Furs’ self-titled debut album is available through SilkScreaming.com
Luminothérapie & Coeur Battant
This one’s actually something you can’t attend from the comfort of behind your computer screen. It’s two outdoor events that started over the holidays and continue until March 14th.
The first (Luminothérapie) is a circuit in Quartier des Spectacles comprised of five installations and activities that are accessible to everyone and COVID-safe, according to organizers. They feature light, sound, and interactivity.
The second, Coeur Battant, is designed to showcase downtown as the beating heart of the city. Each night, a different building will be lit up in red as the sounds of a heart beating play.
Of course, the night part of “every night” as well as the overall experience of both events had to be drawn back a bit due to the curfew. They end at 6:30pm as long as the curfew lasts.
Here is the promo video:
Luminothérapie & Coeur Battant run until March 14th. General info can be found on the Quartier des Spectacles website, but updates regarding curfew hours are on their Facebook Page
Featured Image of Venus Furs by Sean Mundy, courtesy of raison d’être Media
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