The annual music festival, which takes place in Quebec, Canada, also has a strong visual arts element. This year, a selection of 13 renowned and emerging artists have been selected to produce exclusive artwork during the festival.
Visual art at Osheaga
The festival, which celebrates its 11th birthday this year, may be known as a predominantly music-based festival, but visual art has always been an integral part of the event, especially the interaction of art and music. The artists are invited to create their pieces during the festival itself: fusing the two genres, and encouraging collaboration and interaction from festival-goers and between artists.
2016 focus: Canada and local talent
Work commissioned for the festival include pieces from Montreal-based artists Emily Jan and Melissa del Pinto, and Toronto-based Kirsten McCrea. Jan's work consists of hyper-realistic installations, while del Pinto is a specialist painter of birds, and McCrea is known for her large-scale murals. While Jan and McCrea have exhibited across the country and abroad, Pinto is an emerging artist.
The artistic due of sculptors/painters/performers Jorden and David Doody (University of British Columbia graduates, now Montreal-based) will be at the festival, as well as Montreal's collaborative art community "En Masse pour les Masses," who create large-scale black and white murals, and Toronto-based husband and wife Peru and Gracia Dyer Jalea. The director of "En Masse," Fred Caron, is the creative director for all the arts projects during the festival.
Previous artists invited to create visual art during the festival include Skewville, the CanLove collective, Wayne White and Hottea.
Music on Paper
An exhibition to launch the artwork at the festival and highlight the art of the screen-printed music poster, was opened on July 21, entitled "Musique Sur Papier" / "Music On Paper." Artists featured include Eric Nyffeler, Sean Mort, Delicious Design League, Methane Studios, Zeb Love, Garcia Design, John Vogl and Brian Danaher. The exhibition is open through August 7.
The Osheaga Festival 2016 is taking place from July 29-31 in Montreal, Canada.