Special event

Create your next audio or musical project in this creative retreat on the banks of a river in the Laurentian mountains.

Deadline to apply:
March 1st 2021

PHI Residencies - NORTH programs (2 weeks): 

> Session #3: Gayance (September 30 to October 14, 2021)

> Session #2: Eve Parker Finley (June 15 to June 29, 2021)

> Session #1: Lunice (April 19th to May 3rd, 2021)

Announcement of the selected applicants:
Mid-April 2021

The Laurentians, QC.

PHI Residencies — NORTH is dedicated to musicians, bands and audio artists who wish to produce, explore, experiment, or improve their artistic project. This two-week face-to-face creative retreat in a riverside lodge in the Laurentian mountains gives the residents exclusive access to a state-of-the-art recording studio and support from PHI multidisciplinary acknowledged experts in their fields.

PHI is proud to announce the applications selected by the jury!


> Session 3: Gayance (September 30 to October 14, 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.

> Session 2: Eve Parker Finley (June 15 to June 29, 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 1: Lunice (April 19 to May 3, 2021)

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.


Dahlia Cheng

Dahlia Cheng is a Montreal-based Digital Strategist working for the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art since 2014.

Renelle Desjardins

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.

Marika Anthony-Shaw

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.

Yassin Alsalman

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.

Tao-Ming Lau

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.

A word from our ambassador Narcy:

"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.''

Credit: Hasan Alsalman

The new residency for musicians and audio artists

Musicians, bands and audio artists, this residency is for you. This is your chance to produce, explore, experiment, or improve your artistic project, whether it is in its early, middle or final stage. Get ready to experience a complete two-week immersion in an intimate, quiet and peaceful setting, the golden opportunity to expand your project.

Introspection at the service of creation

Give yourself a break from your daily routine to 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 self-reflection journey 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 art piece with exclusive access to a state-of-the-art recording studio, a network of multidisciplinary acknowledged experts in their fields, and a dedicated technical support team attentive to your needs.

PHI Residency — NORTH program calendar

Three cohorts :

Session 3 presents Gayance : September 30 to October 14, 2021
Session 2 presents Eve Parker Finley: June 15 to June 29, 2021
Session 1 presents Lunice : April 19th to May 3rd, 2021

Important notice: the dates above are approximate and may be subject to change according to the artist's availability.


The call for applications closed on March 1st for all 3 cohorts (spring, summer and fall 2021).

Submit your application before March 1, 2021 by completing the registration form. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to you once the registration form has been completed. Please note that only one registration is required in the case of a band.

You will not be required to exhibit your project following the residency.

A safe and secure environment for our residents

To ensure a safe and secure experience for the residents, the PHI team has carefully followed the health recommendations drawn up by Public Health authorities. Please refer to our health and safety policy

Who is the residency for? 

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.

Who is eligible to apply?

You have produced a body of work and have experience in public presentations and-or shows.
You have completed the registration form before March 1, 2021 and have taken the time to fill in the following information:

  • 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.

What are the requirements to apply as a candidate?

You are required to be available during the period of residency.

What resources and facilities are available to residents?

This residency will offer the following :

  • 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)

How many artists will take part in the residency at the same time?

Each session will be composed of one artist or band of up to 4 people.

How are candidates selected?

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.

When are the selected candidates announced?

The selected candidates will be announced in mid-April 2021.

What is the duration of the residency?

The residency lasts 14 days.

Is there an admission fee?

There is no application fee.

For further inquiries

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact us at [email protected]

To reiterate its commitment to supporting local artistic communities working in the digital environment, and to help shape the art of tomorrow, PHI launches three artistic residency programs: NORTH, MONTREAL and IMMERSE. Although they meet different artists needs, their common mission is to provide them with the tools, support and impetus they need to expand the scope of their practice and take it to the next level. PHI RESIDENCIES — NORTH is the first to open its doors.

More information on IMMERSE and MONTREAL programs will be communicated shortly.

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