welcome to the AURAKLE ...
a space to create, experience, share, and remember some of our most magical and extraordinary music moments of the past and present...

"undocumented memories remain only as fresh, and as vivid, as we remain ageless...
there is absolutely nothing more ...p.o.w.e.r.f.u.l... than unconditional love, nothing more ...p.r.e.c.i.o.u.s... than the gift of time...
blessed are those who remember with a smile full of light, and a heart full of joy, those who dare to explore, create, discover, cultivate, participate, inspire, communicate, appreciate, innovate, educate, share, celebrate... those who dare to live with passion, and especially those who dare to LOVE and DREAM fearlessly."


Contributors to the Aurakle :

Risa Laughteristhebestmedicine ~ chief unicorn / visionary

Dan Lunargroove / Relaxation Lounge ~ spaceflight captain
Kimberley Mok ~ peacekeeper / creative arts jedi
Nadia Arkison, Janik Jan, Zelf Love & Élaine Gilbert ~ dream catching magicians (deco)
Amandine DG ~ logistics wizard
David Willcock ~ dedicated sherpa / marathon sprinter
Semira ~ galactic co-pilot
Stephane Aikido ~ sound-tech ninja
Vlad ~ pro-snuggler / friendly safety custodian
Patrice Bo ~ wiring wrangler
Marie-France Audy ~ healing alchemist / happiness advocate
Alex Innerverse ~ digital dynamo
Marie-Eve Pharand ~ translations tweeker / cheerleader
Sylvain Trottier ~ master rain guardian / fire-keeper
Sém Sémé ~ green team maestro

Gabriel Zen
Émilien Hassan ~ Karibu
Mat THC and Alexe ~ entheovision





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Risa Laughteristhebestmedicine (also known as Risa Roumeliotakis) has been working in the underground / alternative side of music, wearing many different hats, both locally and internationally since 1993.
Since then, ranging from event/concert production/promotion, venue management, stage direction, to booking tours for artists and record labels, every alliance has each expanded into a solid network of creative collborations, and busy buzzing sharing bees world-wide.
With years of experience from both live instrumental concerts/tours/shows, to a wide range of electronic music, festivals, and artists, knowledge of graphics, html, publishing, marketing, she has continued to do logistics consulting, as well as programming schedules for festivals, and promotional consulting for artists and labels for the last 10 years.

Founding Sonic Ritual productions in 1994 , she also worked as Production Manager at Foufounes Électriques, Director of Operations at Metropolis (L'Équipe Spectra - Montreal Int'l Jazz Festival), Marketing Director at Interchill Records, alongside Gordon Field and Andrew Ross Collins, and by the end of the 90's, named one of the top “most influential people of the decade” in Montreal by the Montreal Mirror weekly in October 1999.

From 1997-2007 she represented artists such as DJ Maüs (European tour), Toires (Morocco/France) in Canada, as well as most of the artists on the Interchill label for every release. Risa also worked closely with Adham Shaikh & Ekko (Canada), Suns of Arqa (Scotland), Legion of Green Men (Canada), Neil Sparkes & the Last Tribe (UK), and Catherine Potter's Duniya Project (Canada) on several of their gigs, releases, collaborations, and tours.
In the late 90's she was producing record launch events/concerts and world-wide promotional campaigns for the releases of Suns of Arqa featuring Adham Shaikh (with a full all-star tribute concert including Catherine Potter (bansuri), Ganesh Anandan (percussions), Uwe (sitar), Sophie Garant (violin), E.Shankar (tablas) live @ Lion D'Or 1999), Interior Horizons (featuring Legion of Green Men live @ Le Studio - Just for Laughs museum 1999), Sky Dancing vol.1&2 (featuring Komodo and Freeworm live @ Tokyo Lounge 2000), ISHQ, Gaudi, Kaya Project, Floatation, and Infinessence, among others, as well as various co-productions with Greenland Productions for L'Équipe Spectra.
Several cross Canada tours followed with bookings for Freeworm's Vegetation = Fuel (Hydrophonik Records) in 2001, and for Les Disques Audiogram in 2002. Risa also produced events in collaboration with the MEG Festival (Montréal Électronique Groove) featuring Irina Mikhailova (Kazakhstan), Toires (Morocco/France), and Gordon Field, bringing them further into the Montreal spotlight in 2003.

In 2007, with lots of support from a few generous sponsors, to raise funds for Prevent Cancer Now, Risa was inspired to start Insightful Events, a non-profit collaborative network, combining educational workshops/conferences/lectures/seminars, and documentary films, with live world fusion concerts, performances, special guests, and Djs. Aside from a few summer festivals at that time, along with the exceptional MutanDanse, Insightful Events was one of very few organizations producing events in Montreal, that brought more educational elements, together with eclectic world musicians and performing artists.
From October to April, a dedicated team of 12 volunteers, helped support a monthly series of themed events called Docillumination, (sponsored by HOUR Magazine, Zazen, Ascent Magazine, Druide, etc.,), that featured workshops and lectures from renowned authors, professionals, and experts, on natural / alternative medicine, environmental health, healing arts, sacred plants, art therapy, etc., inspiring natural health alternatives, wellness, fitness and the joy of living, while celebrating multicultural electronic / world fusion creative music (live concerts and Djs), live performance (dance, etc.,) with special guests (programming available here in the archives).
The network forum on the website gained interest from at least 1500 sharing members that began meetup groups on their own, but since it was a non-profit, funds to support the forum eventually ran low, and IE began producing promotional events more exclusively for various spas in the province of Quebec.

With so many fusions of live performance and electronic composers / producers exploding in the early 90's, her experience in world-beat, chill, dub, ambient, trance, electro, tribal, new-age origins and fusions, has grown extensively from many corners of the globe in the last 25 years, leading to the privilege, honor, and pleasure of working with such artists as Hariprasad Chaurasia, Irina Mikhailova, Adham Shaikh, Suns of Arqa, Toires, Seb Taylor (Kaya Project, Hibernation, Angel Tears), Robert Rich, Mercan Dede, Front 242, Test Dept., Frontline Assembly, The Legendary Pink Dots, Laibach, Spiritualized, and many more ...

Risa has continued to offer a diverse variety of freelance services from a wide range of experience, a vast spectrum of disciplines and influences spanning over 2 decades, seasonal consulting contracts with various different artists, record labels, festivals, promoters, booking agencies, organizations for product launches, educational workshops, lectures, seminars, locally and internationally, as well as major conferences including IFFS/AMFAR – 18th Annual World Congress 2003-04.

As a music fan above all, the initial spark ignited with the alternative 80's underground scene, and grew with an affinity for the ethereal and spiritually inclined musics of the world, with the beginnings of Dead Can Dance, that set fire to a whole new musical journey, introducing new horizons of sound in the early to mid 90's, with the birth of electro-world fusion artists like Transglobal Underground, Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, Loop Guru, Afro-Celt Sound System, FSOL, Bill Laswell, Nitin Sawhney, Karsh Kale, James Asher, Bally Sagoo, and many more... a longer, much deeper history goes further back to the early 80's for those who are curious.

MOST importantly, none of these projects or memories would mean anything, without all the hard work, dedication and support of such passionate partnerships, new and inspiring connections, that have touched us all so deeply throughout the years, in a global cosmic unified family of likehearted dreamers, musicians, artists, music fans, soulful collaborators, technicians, builders, love and freedom warriors of all ages, from all walks of life, and all corners of the globe, who genuinely contribute unconditionally and relentlessly, with an abundance of spirit, humility, creativity, honesty, benevolence, integrity, grace, and a wide open heart full of love for the music ~ღ~ that have made, and continue to make all the difference ... those who really care about the future of this planet, and the preservation of ALL life on it.
Infinite gratitude for all the extraordinary work you do ~ღ~ and warmest thanks for every precious moment we've been blessed to share ~ღ~
you know who you are ~✫*¨`*✶♪.¸¸.♫*ღ~
Every moment counts, time is so limited, and there's still a ton of work ahead of us if we're going to have any chance of saving what's left of mother nature.
Together, we have a much wider range of experience and knowledge to share moving forward, with a much greater power to create real change in a more humane and peaceful world.
"If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together" ~ african proverb
It all starts with the one and only universal language of music that unites us all in the first place, joining forces with faith and love in ourselves and each other... all the rest will follow...
so what are we waiting for ... let's dance ~ღ~

Plans are in the works for new projects and collaborations.
The time has come. The world needs us now more than ever before.
Please check the news page for details, and feel free to get in touch if you'd like to contribute or participate.
ONE love ~ღ~

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°❈° Resonessence °❈°
sacred sounds for expanding hearts

July 5th-8th, 2019
@Whispering Pines, Curran, Ontario

°❈° save the dates °❈°

official line-up and more details
to be announced : February/March, 2019

Welcome to the first ever psybient/downtempo/dub/world/ambient event of its kind, on the Canadian East Coast, taking the “downtempo/chill” far out of that dark smokey room in the back of most venues, away from those little forgotten side-stages... and bringing its divine brilliance directly into the mainstage spotlight.

Embracing decades of downtempo world fusion, and reuniting us all in the renowned enchanted forest, surrounding the beautiful reflective lake of Whispering Pines, and we'd LOVE for YOU to join us.

°❈° All dance/uptempo music will be celebrated in the sparkling sunshine of daylight by the lake, and all ambience/space-tempo will be enjoyed and shared under the stars after dark.
For those with a profound appreciation for the details in multi-dimensional ambience, in an occasion to give back to the earth, the sky, and all its inhabitants, by joining forces with dedicated spirits from all generations, along with luminary artists from the 90's and beyond, to create and cultivate an exceptionally memorable experience, full of audiovisual delights and surprises for all.

°❈° details here : Resonessence.

* please note : This is a volunteer event, so we'll be hosting a pre-resonessence 420 fundraiser, “Ampli-Fi” on April 20th, 2019 * in Montreal, to support this cause and make it all happen, where we'll be sharing a little sonic preview of what's to come.

°❈° details here : Ampli-Fi


honoring and celebrating ambience in all its forms ...

#psybient #worldbeat #psybass #globalfusion #psychill #wonkadelic #psydub #ethno #ambient #chill #slow tekno #gypsybass #deep dub #slowtechno #ethnodub #interchill #shanti planti #ultimae #merkaba music #spacedub #globalbass #organic beats #triphop #healing sounds #psybreaks #sound scapes #global music #tribal gypsy #chill breaks #bassdub #worldgroove #ethnochill #globaldub #tribalbass #templestep #psychedelic #psyglitch #acoustic #electronica #fusion #sacred sounds #groovy chill #lounge #downtempo #chill AF #gronky #chill tribe #concert #worldfusion #dubglitch #afrocelt #electroworld #EDM #nubient #dance #midtempo #electronic #dubFX #chillout #slow beats #ecstaticdance #IDM #groove #downbeat #basscoast #crunkadelica #looping #jungle #dubstep #cosmic #sonic temple #whomp #bhangra #flow #deep simmer #loosen up #liveset


Various indoor and outdoor events and projects are in the works.
We're continually searching for unique and exciting venues / locations to host our multi-sensory musical events.
If you'd like to join our team of dreamers, or contribute in any way, please feel free to get in touch.

venue criteria :

* capacity - between 300 - 1000
* high ceilings
* centrally located - max 100-150km from city
* excellent sound
* 24 hour rental (no limit to 48-72 hours)
* smaller room for chill - capacity 200-300

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In this space, articles, reviews, interviews, and event highlights listed by year, will be posted with photos and videos.

Reviews (on releases or events), productive / constructive comments and feedback (both positive and negative), along with our own personal shroomy ratings (from 1 to 5) will be posted here, from various longtime music contributors, artists, supporters, and fans. Please feel free to share your own feedback at the bottom of this page.

Flashback reviews : not quite as fresh and detailed as a full review, but a sweet music memory (along with a digital quality photo) may be submitted from the past, with a brief description of the magic, an overall shroomy rating (supported by fan friends), as well as credits for the photographer.
Feeling nostalgic while digging through your musical archives / collections ?...
please submit your favorite classic music moments, and we'll share them here.

Interviews recorded with some of our favorite artists will be podcasted monthly on soundcloud, and articles posted below.

An attempt to recover some of the earliest archives and photos from the early 90's to mid 2000's, is also in the works, so if you have any to contribute, OR if you'd like to apply to be an occasional or regular contributing writer, reviewer, or member of our team, please get in touch.
Please check back often for updates.



OAZIS - Phéonix - 6 january 2018 - Sur Les Toits du Monde, Ste-Catherine de Hatley, Québec, Canada

At an average of minus -30 celcius (about -50c including the windchill factor), outside it was one of the coldest nights of the year, but inside it was absolute paradise !!...
the lovely owners of this healing spa heaven at Sur Les Toits du Monde (a majestic mountain top location), host Nathalie Champagne, organizers Philippe Bergeron, and their entire crew graciously thought of ...e.v.e.r.y... detail...
With a blazing fireplace on each floor and another outside, steaming hot jacuzzi, saunas, an indoor pool, thematically decorated guest rooms, and an abundance of sweet comforts, we were all surrounded by love in every possible way. From the beautiful opening ceremony, to the excellent line-up of workshops, the phoenix deco gracing the main stage, the delicious treats from Miel and Melissa in the kitchen, and the fine tunage from beginning to end, the warmth and soulful generosity was so abundant, no one had a clue what the temperature was outside, and no one even cared.
The line-up was on FIRE all night into the morning, especially Enakim, Pranapapa, Semira, Innerverse, and Lunargroove, all sending us off to never neverland... but the most ...e.x.t.r.a.o.r.d.i.n.a.r.y... highlights for me had to be the discovery of synapps from Toronto, and the newly formed ...m.a.g.i.c.a.l... duo of Solar Prophecy and Aktarus !!!... two Dj wonder brothers from the Eastern Townships with years of experience, that had never tag-teamed together before... exploding with love in EVERY split second of their set, as if they'd already been playing together for many lives ~ღ~
only ONE negative thing to say about this superb edition of OAZIS... it all ended wayyy too quickly ~;)~

Sur Les Toits du Monde * Quebec, Canada

Eclipse Festival - 30 july 2014 - St-Therèse-de-la-Gatineau, Québec, Canada

finally back on planet earth ~✫☽❈☾✫~
having gone to every edition since the first in 1999, with only one exception being either the 3rd or 4th... YOOO !!
what to say after one of the most ...s.p.e.c.t.a.c.u.l.a.r... festival experiences EVER ~✶~ just speechless...
solar stage ~ one of the most ...e.x.t.r.a.o.r.d.i.n.a.r.y... multi~dimensional stages I've EVER had the pleasure and privilege to feast my eyes on ... a triangular VORTEX sculpted with so much LOVE in EVERY detail ~ sucked us all into an infinite voyage full of fascinating surprises (day or night) with a rainbow~colored, hand~painted, living / breathing tree of life ... shooting the most incredible lazer patterns in the sky ~ leaving us all totally breathlessssssssss...
stellar stage ~ an Egyptian pyramid on the beach complete with circular mind-blowing visuals, crop circles, pharaohs, lions, and enchantment from every angle ... leading to the lunar stage ~ from a path lit with wood~carved Mayan images in this magical forest ...
and the new location just could NOT have been more perfect ~!~
Aes Dana, Desert Dwellers, Grouch, Atmos, Electrypnose, Opale, Atheria, Zen, Anima / Shanti ~ and so many more memorable sets ... bringing tears of pure JOY ~ღ~
that massive dark cloud coming in the middle of the Grouch set, with an explosive thunderstorm sandwich ~ that began and ended with crystal clear sunshine ~✶☼✶~
just f~ing whoooaaaaaooohw !!!
from the bottom of my heart y'all ~ infinite gratitude to you ... Erik, Yann, Mathieu, Alexe, Catherine, artists, musicians, djs, and everyone who participated, shared, and contributed so sweetly and generously to my ears and soul ⋰⋱*❈*ღ~
still exploding and overflowing with blissful unconditional wuv ~*ღ*~
just CANNOT thank you all enough
shine ON Tech~Safari ~*❈*~ forever grateful ~°•*ღ*•°~

more photos here
Eclipse * Quebec, Canada

been to an awesome event lately ?
we'd love to hear from you ~ღ~

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Flashbacks from the Source :

Through the heart strings of one soul's journey, a peak into the early transition from analog to digital sounds, and the extraordinary influences from an era of synth pioneers to generations of electronic composers.

by RR - March 19th, 2018

image source : the singles collection

Every soul has their own musical journey, their own interpretation, frequency, relation, vibration, experience, relative to their own personal musical preferences, flavors, and passions. Every path leading us each to our own unique personal perspective, each with our own set of eyes and ears, sharing our appreciation with every delicious note.
We all have different views of how and when the electro-psychedelic music scene was born in North America, and more specifically in Eastern Canada, relative to where we live, and when we each discovered it. Depending on who we speak to, there are many different versions, visions, and facts that all somehow link that whole web of chronological history together.
With very fond and slightly hazy memories, a few interviews to fill in some blanks, a heart full of love without pretension, and a slightly biased perspective based on my own personal experience and musical preferences, in my own words, these are just a few of my highlights.

Since my background was much more in the live alternative side of music, until my own full transition / immersion by about 1996-97, into the digital world / frequency of ambience, I cannot account for all the exact dates before that time, other than those of the witnesses interviewed for this peace. (referenced below)
Although it's not the case anymore, in the 90's it was not uncommon for a smaller event with one stage/room to feature everything from house, to d'n'b, to techno, to trance, or for larger events to have between 3 or 4 rooms of different sounds, bringing music lovers together from different cultures, but in the end, we all played well together, as long as collaboration, reverence, support, and all the best intentions were there.
Apologies in advance, if someone significant has been left out, or if the correct order of dates may be somewhat off between 1990 and 1996, specifically in Montreal's electronica, as I've done my very best to summarize an outline, while acknowledging everyone possible, who not only contributed and shared, but made major waves that inspired others.

From my own journey, the electro-European synth music influence diffused its seeds much earlier than the 90's here in Quebec. The eventual evolution from the 80's to the 90's, between analog and digital, was a time when advancements in technology were much slower and much more gradual.
A time long before social networks, when promoters would stand outside the doorways of other concerts, parties, or events, shiver and freeze for hours in extreme subzero temperatures, with icicles forming on their eyebrows and hanging down their noses... just to hand out hundreds of flyers to promote their gigs.
A time long before downloading, when sending promotional media mail-outs at record labels, meant making hundreds of handmade packages of their recordings, (vinyls, cassettes, CDs), full of stickers, and other lovely goodies, with regular trips to the post office.
A time when printed liner-notes (with recognition and credits to every brilliant vocalist, musician, and contributor), were so invaluable not only for their careers, but for their livelihood, and ultimately their survival.
A time when every detail of that "special edition" cover art was so much more appreciated.
A time when a local record launch event was more commonly celebrated.
A time long before texting took over our communications, when the sound of an excited human voice would smile through the phone, after listening to a blissful new release they'd just received in their mailbox.
Talk about a blast from the past.

Living in a totally different world today, just as visionaries Kraftwerk had so cleverly predicted, singing it way ahead of their time on their 1981 Computer World tour in their classic "we ARE the robots".
Going as far back as Tangerine Dream's debut Electronic Meditation (1970), Kraftwerk's hit Autobahn (1974), followed by Jean-Michel Jarre's Oxygène (1976), Brian Eno's Music for Airports, Kitaro's Astral Trip (1978), and Adrian Sherwood's legendary remixes, passing on their blazing eclectic torches to a brilliant array of 80's analog industrial / synth, new wave of pioneers like Joy Division, Front242, Killing Joke, Young Gods, Cabaret Voltaire, Ultravox, KMFDM, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), Steve Roach, Meatbeat Manifesto, Test Dept., 23 Skidoo, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Gary Numan, Pop Will Eat Itself, Nitzer Ebb, 808 State, Spandau Ballet, Einstürzende Neubauten, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, NIN, Depeche Mode, Frontline Assembly, New Order, Jah Wobble, Suns of Arqa, and the Legendary Pink Dots, etc., (among many others), touring the globe long before the internet came along, building their fanbase with the soul support of underground labels, promoters, and alternative radio/media.

Sometime between the transition from analog to digital in the later 80's, there was a period of fusion brewing from hardware to software, in what we called "industrial" artists, and electronic/crossover sounds were becoming much more pronounced. Bands like C-Tec (side project of Front 242), Dead Voices on Air, (side project of Zoviet France), Download (former members of Skinny Puppy), Delerium (side project of Frontline Assembly), Cubanate (former members of Nitzer Ebb), Merv Pepler and Joie Hinton (Eat Static) and Steve Hillage (System 7) (former members of Ozric Tentacles), among others, were all slowly going digital.
With technology compatibilities as their only obstacle, many still remained somewhat wavering on the fence, without compromising the precision of their flawless analog details, and preserving all their sounds without losing them in conversion.
The extended history of productions behind Killing Joke's (bassist Martin Glover) also known as the legendary Youth was another perfect example, as he teamed up with The Orb's Alex Paterson for their early industrial techno dub releases on their own WAU! Mr Modo label in 1989, later moving on to start several other labels like the renowned Dragonfly and Liquid Sound Design among others.
As we watched technology, gadgets, instruments, and new digital toys begin to evolve much quicker in the early 90's, we also saw many more offspring of electro-acoustic/fusion stepping further into the spotlight.

For those of us faithfully listening from both sides of that elusive fence at the time, these pioneers not only opened the doors of electro-creativity wide open for the digital movement to emerge, they created a solid foundation for artists like the Orb, Aphex Twin, Orbital, Daft Punk, Future Sound of London, Mixmaster Morris, Propellerheadz, Leftfield, Transglobal Underground, Asian Dub Foundation, Prodigy, Underworld, Massive Attack, Portishead, Coldcut, Chemical Bros, and Juno Reactor, to thrive into yet another generation of major influences moving forward.

Every major city world-wide had its own electro-evolution at some point.
In Montreal, by the early 90's, loft and warehouse gatherings and events like The Rites of Spring (featuring Cybersonik 1992), Solstice (featuring Richie Hawtin 1993), and The Orb's 1st Canadian appearance (1993), emerged with promoters, Djs, and collectives like the Bus Company including Paul Johnston, Arnaud Barcelon, Tiga, Andrew Ross Collins, Dan Kurtz, and friends), Bug and Jam (promoters Laz and Ben) with the memorable H2O, Adityo's (New Urban Ritual) GAIAchill nights, Jean-Michel Nivoc (Ascend Records), Djs Wig (aka Jeff Waye) and Luv (aka Lewis) with their first Ninja Tune releases and chill nights, Soto (Raelians) hosting his Nexus events, Eric Rikam (Experience productions / EOMF with Dew / Tech Safari) Cosmos, all bringing us artists like Orbital, Aphex Twin, James Monroe, G Project, Symbiosis UK, Sid Shanti, Tsuyoshi Suzuki, and Jaia, among others.
In the mid 90's E.Shankar (former stellar tabla player) continued to host events like Gaian Groove, Yantra, Sundari, Kundalini, etc., alongside Andrew Ross Collins (UK), Arnaud Barcelon, and later Gordon Field of Interchill Records launches and events (hosting The Orb, Robert Rich, Adham Shaikh, and Neil Sparkes, among others), as well as Johnny Ranger (Mindroots), Nuclear Ramjet's first releases (Ascend Records), Neerav (aka Dj Mini-Mono), the arrival of Jeff MkUltra, Sam Dinis and Seb Maari (Fluodelik collective (France) with gatherings like Psychotrop, Mobius productions Emergence 1995, Syzygy gatherings (Djs Aquarius and Longstocking) Ottawa to Montreal, Dj Zen (Digitalys / Altar Records), promoters Dansons avec Shiva, Dj Ram (aka Ramasutra), and many more events that headlined artists like X-Dream, Talamasca, Astral Projection, Dado/Deedrah, Absolum, Dino Psaras, Autechre, Bandulu, Gus Till, Wizzy Noise, Infected Mushroom, Mad Professor, as well as Miranda and Tranceworld (featuring Goa Gill).
The first outdoor electronic festivals began in 1997 with Natura (Stormbass) and Arrival (514), followed by Ontario's first Harvest (Justin Martins) and OM festival (Sumkidz) in 1998, that inspired us all.
Also in 1998, the first indoor Eclipse (by Rikam EOMF) started in a massive go-kart warehouse, that has since grown annually with the solid team of Tech Safari, into not only one of the most renowned trance festivals in Quebec, but world-wide.
Many came together to contribute and shape the beginnings of electro-innovation in Quebec, alongside Toronto's Sumkidz, Legion of Green Men, Moonshadow, Bowggy Records, Dj Denise Benson (CKLN), Greg Clow (CIUT), Kristian Sunflower, Medicine Man, and later the Blacklight Activists, Shakti Collective, and many more, that all worked relentlessly, collaborated and supported each other as often as they could, grew together, and cultivated some of the most ...u.n.f.o.r.g.e.t.t.a.b.l.e... moments of the 90's electro-psychedelic movement in Eastern Canada that took off soaring into the next millennium.

Plenty of other notably gifted producers and club djs (more specialized on the edge of house / electro / techno / r'n'b / funk / soul vibes, and much less in the psy genre) that played in after-hours venues like Playground, Sona, (and much later at Stereo, and Aria), who not only greatly contributed to the early and mid 90's electronica movement in Montreal, but alongside everyone mentioned above, also made significant waves internationally with their own fresh flavors and creative signature sounds on the dance-floors... they were Tiga, G'Nat, and Robert de la Gauthier (original members of the Bus Company), Christian Pronovost (Inbeat Records), David Kristian, Mateo Murphy, Misstress Barbara, Fred Everything, Soundshaper, Mad Max / Champion, Dj Maus (Mouse Factory), Double A & Twist, Christian Farley, Nicola Torriero, Krista, Vincent Lemieux, Mark Anthony, Luc Raymond, Miguel Graca, Patrick Dream, Pfreud, Tricky Pat, Kid Koala, Arkin Allen, Philgood, Dj Stef Latreille, Sean Kosa, Sam Shalabi, Alien8 Recordings, among quite a few others, that definitely deserve honorable mention, full respect and gratitude for all their hard work, dedication, talent, and support.

Since then, although most of the early photos and reviews have been lost, long before digital cameras came along, the memories still remain vivid, euphoric, precious, and eternal in the hearts of all those who were there.
No matter how far back we wander into history, every contribution has made a difference.
Having never seen it first hand themselves, many of the newer generations, now living in an almost fully automated world, seem to take for granted how those first seeds were so thoughtfully planted manually across the globe, so genuinely and so graciously nurtured for well over two decades. Although this may be true for every generation, according to significant research, the speed of the digital revolution has never been higher than in the last few decades and has drastically changed nearly every aspect of our lives so fast, one has to wonder how teleportation is still so far behind schedule.
From the sweet crackles of vinyl, instrumental, vocal, and percussive acoustics, to the exceptional precision of every unique, intricate detail, each with their own recording qualities, imperfections, compatibility issues, and distortions, most skilled and experienced sound engineers still combine both analog and digital techniques in their productions. While on the live performance side of things, we've gone from hearing many different genres sharing the same stage in the early days, and fast-forwarded to many different subgenres, that have fragmented and evolved in multiple directions and venues.
With every benefit and disadvantage considered, the double edged sword of the digital age has, and still is, driving humans further apart with a dependency that has already confined too many of us behind our screens.
As technology keeps moving ahead at an exponential rate, without some measure of significant consciousness / awareness raised within the next few generations, if the trend of overall blasé indifference continues regarding the importance of crediting in productions, with the same insensitive ongoing debate concerning the support of "free" music, some of the most ...a.s.t.o.u.n.d.i.n.g... undiscovered voices of the world will be lost, and resort to selling off all their efforts to sampling websites full-time, without any credit or recognition, for only a few cents a piece just to feed their children. Sadly, too many already have and still are, not just giving generously but anonymously, without the applause they truly deserve.
After all, hopes and dreams remain, that the breakthroughs of tomorrow may only improve with much more consideration, and approach new creations with a similar vision, compassion, kindness, and empathy for humanity as that of their predecessors, to develop more timeless innovations from the heart, and even longer lasting memories.
At some point, we've all shared some deeply infinite discussions with different members of our extended cosmic family of music lovers over the years, locally and beyond, on this topic of lost archives, communications, and precious souls that have come and gone.
Almost forty years after those first seeds were scattered by the pioneers, as new waves of unique creativity stand on the horizon waiting to be heard, we can only keep doing our best working as "robots" to keep up with the pace of progress, while we keep our fire burning even greater than ever, opening our hearts even wider, and sharing our light as unified humans on the dance-floor.

Finally here and now, in our own humble attempt, we hope to honor and preserve the memory of all those who contributed unconditionally in the 90's and beyond, with all their energy and love, to build and cultivate the electro-psychedelic movement as we know it today.
There are just too many more inspired souls and creative spirits to be grateful for out there, still giving everything they've got and much more, that should also be remembered and acknowledged for their exceptional brilliance, generosity, and benevolence.

This article is part one of a three part series.
Part two will cover some of the highlights of the next decade (2000-2010), and part three will follow from 2010 onward, hopefully more complete with digital quality photos.

special thanks to Andrew Ross Collins (Interchill), Jeff MkUltra, Eric Amyot (aka Rikam - Tech Safari), Gabriel Zen (Altar), Angela Salena, Lex & Rew (Legion of Green Men), Neerav, and Jessica Longstocking, for filling in a few blanks on dates (Montreal 1990-96), and contributing some of their most precious memories and archives for this peace ~ღ~
additional sources for Montreal :
Red Bull Academy
Goa Music

pre-electro references :
Electronic & Synth
80's UK Synth

tech references :
Reason and Meaning
Singularity University

Please feel free to participate in completing our history.
Photos and videos most welcome ~ღ~

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With over 25 years experience in event production/coordination, marketing, public/media relations, creative concepts/research, tour/talent booking with a few of Montreal's most renowned festivals and organizations, and an extensive background in Communications from Concordia University, another ten years experience goes further back to the corporate travel business, where Risa was awarded the nationally renowned Plaque for Outstanding Achievement (province of Québec) presented by the Canadian Industry of Travel and Tourism and Agent Canada Magazine - Vancouver, B.C.,.

Alongside Cybermedia, she also designed several websites such as Montreal After Dark (at the time, voted the city’s #1 award winning Nightlife website Montreal Independent Music Industry - MiMi) and the Best of Montreal - BOM Awards 1995).
Long after Sonic Ritual productions in 1994, she launched Insightful Events in 2007, leading to yet another series of unique monthly events, as well as other projects and collaborations that followed. (details here).
Contributing to collectives and festivals on a freelance basis since then, the creation of this Aurakle seemed like the only next logical step forward.

The following endorsements and testimonials are available in their original form, signed and dated, as well as the original Mirror article in print. To obtain hard copies please don't hesitate to to get in touch.

March 2004
Interchill Records
Saltspring Island, B.C.

Risa has been a supporter of fine music for ages now, with a background in event management and production in Montreal's biggest venues, working on the famous Montreal Jazz Festival and luckily for us, with Interchill for years in Montreal. Her energy, understanding and experience made her a real asset to our team, and I'm still benefiting from the lessons she taught us. So, if anyone needs a dedicated person to coordinate their event or promote their music, projects, or productions, then look no further.

Yours truly,
Andrew M. Ross Collins
Interchill Records
Montréal, Québec
Relocation to Saltspring Island, B.C.
(March 2001)

le lundi 4 février 2002
Les Disques Audiogram / F Communications
Montréal, Québec

Chère Risa,
C'est avec grand plaisir que j'écris cette lettre de référence pour toi. Travailler avec toi a été stimulant, amusant et enrichissant. Ta précieuse expérience et ton talent rare, ta personnalité calme et conciliante, ton enthousiasme à faire ton travail et ton jugement juste et sensible sont de grands atouts pour une entreprise.

C'est donc sans hésitation que je te réfère à ton futur employeur comme étant une employée responsable, vaillante, performante et agréable.

En tout souhaitant bonne chance dans tes recherches.

Amicales salutations,
Nicole Bouchard
Les Disques Audiogram
Montréal, Québec

January 10th 2002
L'Équipe Spectra
Montréal, Québec

We had the pleasure to work with Risa Roumeliotakis as a Hall Director for the Metropolis between February 1999 and October 2001. In this period, she showed a great deal of creativity and sense of responsibility.

In her everyday task, she had to look after staff management and relations with our promoters. Her attitude and flexibility made our collaboration with her a most pleasant experience.
I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in our business. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any further information.

Kind regards,
André Ménard
L'Équipe Spectra
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal, Québec

January 4th 2001
Interchill Records
Montréal, Québec

Since working with Interchill from 1999 to 2004, Risa's responsibilities included marketing worldwide, publicity, promotional concepts and budgets, artist biographies, press kits and press releases, web content, artist/media/public relations, booking and coordination of record launches and special events, hiring of interns and sponsorship proposals.
She's trustworthy, intelligent, responsible, diligent, quick to learn, a good self-starter, as well as being easy to get along with and clear in her communications. Risa has proven to be an invaluable resource; her positive nature and professional dedication are second to none and have made a substantial difference in Interchill's marketing efforts. She has been a solid member of our team, and the quality of her work has been recognized not just by us, but also by the artists on our label ~ all of whom have benefited from Risa's work. She will be a strong and valuable asset to her next employers.

Yours truly,
Andrew M. Ross Collins
Interchill Records
Montréal, Québec
Relocation to Saltspring Island, B.C.
(March 2001)

Oct 28th 1999
Montreal Mirror
Nightlife Issue 1999 - The Most Influential People & Places of the Decade
Montréal, Québec

Greek girl, huh? Sure, but Risa Roumeliotakis is more like a Greek goddess of the grueling grunt work behind hoards of live music in Montreal (all styles) and she loves it. And you should love her for it.
Resumé : former corporate travel agent, former promotions and production manager of Foufs, current director of operations of Metropolis, current publicity person for Interchill Records and ongoing director of her one-gal operation called Sonic Ritual, in which she'll do everything from media relations to tax paperwork for musicians.
"I think of myself as part of a collaborative network" says RR. "I'm still a music fan first and foremost." She means it man. Now bow down.

by Chris Yurkiw
Senior Music Editor
Montreal Mirror
Montréal, Québec

Feb 15th 1999
HOUR Magazine
Montréal, Québec

As music editor for Hour Magazine in Montreal for the last three years, I have had the pleasure of working with Ms Roumeliotakis on a number of different occasions. I have, without exception, always found Ms Roumeliotakis to be thorough, well-informed and unfailingly professional in the execution of her responsibilities as a music promoter and producer. She has made her voice known in Montreal, and is highly regarded not only as a steadfast contributor to the scene here, but also as a tireless fan. It is my considered opinion that any organization willing to take her on could only benefit from such an addition.

Jamie O'Meara
Senior Music Editor
HOUR Magazine
Montréal, Québec

June 16th 1998
Foufounes Électriques
Club/Venue (Capacity 1600)
Montréal, Québec

From September 1996 to June 1998, Risa spent her first few months here responsible for the club's publicity & promotion and later granted the position of Int'l Talent Buyer and Production Manager in charge of the entire department. She was responsible for bookings, contracts, market research, immigration and tax exemption forms for bands, booking of technicians and security for shows, stage management, sponsorship proposals, accounting (budgets and reports), among many other responsibilities. During her employment here she proved to be dynamic, self-sufficient, knowledgeable, concise, dedicated and always well-informed. Risa's accomplishments and work was recognized city-wide in the business for it's dependability as well as for her excellent organizational and communication skills. She would undoubtedly be an asset to any production house or record label.

Norman Boileau
General Manager
Foufounes Électriques
Montréal, Québec

June 10th 1998
99.9 The Buzz Radio
Re : Everclear & Marcy Playground Gig
Burlington, Vermont

Hey Risa - YOU ROCK !
Thank you SO MUCH for your help on our show !

Steph, Karl, James & the rest of the BUZZ dorks
Station Manager, Music Director & Staff
99.9 The Buzz Radio
Burlington, Vermont

October 21st 1996
S.L. Feldman & Associates
Vancouver, BC

Dear Risa,
I just wanted to drop you a short note to thank you for all your hospitality towards Waiting for God on their recent cross-Canada jaunt. The band had a warm reception and a good show at your room and we just wanted you to know that we certainly appreciate the effort put forth.
Reconstriction / EMI will be releasing the new CD on December 3,
mixed by Ken Marshall (Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Download)
and it promises to launch this band into superstardom !
Please extend our thank yous to your staff !

Melissa Keith
S.L. Feldman & Associates
Vancouver, BC, Office

January 1997
Invisible Records
Chicago, Illinois

I love YOU !
I cannot thank you enough for your support during this tour. I (as well as many others, although I can't speak for them) have never worked so hard in my life and your appreciation and efforts in this ultra-neato event meant the world to me. It was completely amazing to experience the energies who are Test Dept and Sheep on Drugs. They are incredible people with good brains and good messages and talented and hopeful and hard working..... I couldn't ask for more. BUT ..... for the first time, I came to terms with the (obvious) fact that they rely on our work here at invisible to be able to live productively as artists. OH MY GOD !!! THEY'RE RELYING ON ME !!!! This HUGE lesson, as well as responsibility, I terrifyingly and affectionately undertook and loved! and learned! and loved! and I am so glad you were excited and helped too. I often wonder what's going on in the pop-culture, where "art" is not about knowing one's soul, let alone CHALLENGING IT, but more about falling in love, being in love, trying to be loved, hyping love, love, love. This is crazy. Maybe if pop music taught us to love ourselves first; and learn about what is important to us as individuals; and to express what we know as individuals; and learn from eachother;... and open the borders; and open our minds........the rest would fall into place..... dreamy dream dream.....
Thank you again..... I mean it !!!

All my beast and bad punctuation,
Amy Gorman,
Invisible Records
Chicago, Illinois

February 1997
Cleopatra Records
Los Angeles, California

I can't thank you enough for the courtesy at your club! It was also great talking with you about how the music scene and distribution is in your area / country. You gave me alot of insight that I may not have ever gotten. Hope our next show with you does as well as all previous successes.
Thanks again,

Darl Morgan,
Cleopatra Records
Los Angeles, California

le 14 novembre 1997
Oblik Instance & Press Play Records
Montréal, Québec

Chers Amis,
Au nom de tous les membres du groupe, il me fait grand plaisir de vous adresser nos plus sincères remerciements pour votre contribution exceptionelle au succès de notre spectacle aux Foufounes Électriques, jeudi le 6 novembre 1997.
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié l'enthousiasme dont vous avez fait preuve tout au long de la soirée. Votre compétence, votre diligence, votre promtitude et votre sens professionel ont été abondamment soulignés par toutes les personnes qui ont contribué à l'organization du spectacle et forts appréciés des membres du groupe. Vous avez su inspirer confiance et assurer le bon déroulement du spectacle.
Sachez qu'OBLIK INSTANCE n'est pas seulement une formation musicale mais aussi une famille dont vous faites maintenant partie. Comme toute famille, nous n'oublions jamais nos membres.
En vous réitérant toute notre reconnaissance, je vous prie de recevoir, chers amis, l'expression de mes salutations distinguées.




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Various articles have been written since the mid 90's, back when newspapers were still printing. These are just a few listed in chronological order, some also available in their original print form. To obtain hard copies please get in touch.

Metropolis - May 2000
* Hour Magazine

Interchill's Interior Horizons launch, Banco de Gaia and Cheb-i-Sabbah - March 2000
* Hour Magazine

Nightlife Issue 1999 - The Most Influential People & Places of the Decade
* Montreal Mirror - Oct 28th 1999

Music Industry News and Events 1999
* Chart Magazine - March 1999

Foufounes 15th Anniversary Reunion series 1998
* Hour Magazine

Foufounes Électriques 15ieme Anniveraire
* La Presse - mars 1997

Sonic Ritual presents Rhea's Obsession - 1996
* Montreal Mirror
* Hour Magazine

Musician's Referral Network / Montreal After Dark - 1996
* The Concordian
* Montreal Mirror

NMM NMM Festival 1996
* NMM NMM Festival

Montreal After Dark - 1996
* Hour Magazine
* Montreal Mirror

Sonic Ritual's North by Northeast - NXNE concert series 1995
* Montreal Mirror
* Hour Magazine

The MiMi Awards 1995
* The Montreal Gazette
* Montreal Mirror

Sonic Ritual's North by Northeast - NXNE concert series 1995
* The Montreal Gazette
* Hour Magazine
* Montreal Mirror





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just another personal musical journey

From the 80's to the mid 90's...

Most memorable music hangouts :
Le Cargo, Glass, Foufounes Électriques, Soundgarden, Thunderdome, Sphinx, La Nausee, Stornaway Gallery, Cathouse, IsArt, the Gallery, Lézard, World Beat Cafe, Passport, and later Yoda's Den.


Risa's first unique creative sound inspirations grew alongside the humble beginnings surrounding Claude Rajotte's renowned New Music Foundation (NMF) in 1982.
Without ever having any prior interest in public radio before, (to avoid ads), she fell in love immediately with this exceptional, one and only weekly radio show on ChomFM, listened and recorded it religiously every Monday night. An engaging new addiction that promoted a few alternative bands she'd already known, and introduced many more such as...
Joy Division, Dead Can Dance, Brian Eno, Einstürzende Neubauten, Young Gods, Jah Wobble, Spiritualized, Stabbing Westward, SPK, Leftfield, Nitzer Ebb, OMD, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nina Hagen, Killing Joke, Suede, Neon Judgement, Pixies, Bauhaus, Slowdive, Fugazi, Luna, PWEI, Diamanda Galas, TheThe, Spahn Ranch, 808 State, Suede, Klaus Nomi, Sianpheric4, Jesus Lizard, Cocteau Twins, Cabaret Voltaire, Iggy Pop, The Smiths, The Fall, Ministry, Ride, Lush, Skinny Puppy, Veruca Salt, Clock DVA, Primus, The Orb, Pete Murphy, Meatbeat Manifesto, The Cure, Front 242, Danielle Dax, Elastica, Jane’s Addiction, The Sundays, KMFDM, Curve, Gang of Four, Scorn, House of Love, Charlatans UK, James, Future Sound of London, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Stone Roses, Test Dept., Jesus and Mary Chain, FM Einheit, Wire, Echo & the Bunnymen, Inspiral Carpets, Frontline Assembly, Delerium, PJ Harvey, The Stranglers, Propellerheadz, The Cramps, Underworld, Herbaliser, etc., (among many others)...
Another favorite music source at the time was Patti Schmidt's CBC Brave New Waves (1984 onward), as well as some of the more obscure, experimental sounds coming from the occasional CKUT underground / alternative show.
For the next two decades, she enjoyed re-recording her own personal compilations of all her favorite tracks (from the NMF collection) on cassettes that she shared with close friends.

Most memorable concerts of the decade (80's-90's) :
The Fall, Killing Joke, Nina Hagen, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Siouxie and the Banshees, GBH, UK Subs, Gang of Four, Subhumans, P.I.L., the Stranglers, Dead Kennedys, Charlatans UK, Young Gods, Simple Minds, Suede, Black Flag, House of Love, the Pixies, Jesus and Mary Chain, Lush, Kraftwerk, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, 808 State, Meatbeat Manifesto, the Sundays, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, NIN, David Bowie, King Missile, PJ Harvey, Soundgarden, the Cure, Frontline Assembly, Stray Cats, etc.,
Special thanks to Sylvain Houde (Foufounes), Dan Webster, Paget Williams, Nick Farkas, and Nancy Ross (Greenland productions), and Rubin Fogel (Fogel / Sabourin).
Other 80's favorites :
Local alternative Djs : Larry Law and Philip Faith
Local record store : Dutchy's Record Cave
Record labels : Mute, Interscope, 4AD, Warp, etc.,
Music mags : The Face (UK), NME, URB, Alternative Press (before $ell out)


After having been in the travel and tourism industry for over a decade, she decided to start using her own benefits to book tours, rentals, and accomodations for bands across the country as their agent.
Towards the end 1993 the internet was finally born. With only a meager dial-up connection, and the invaluable support of Mark Prince (Cybermedia), she started desiging websites, and only two years later Montreal After Dark, was voted the city’s #1 award winning Nightlife website (Montreal Independent Music Industry - MiMi 1995). There was also the Musicians Referral Network a Classifieds style match-maker website (relatively similar to today's kijiji) for bands and musicians seeking each other to complete their bands, for short-term recordings or long-term performances, inviting all local bands to join from across the province.
Highlight :
Lollapalooza 1993 - headlining : Front 242, Primus, Fishbone, Rage Against the Machine, etc.,


A year later, she started Sonic Ritual, an artist touring / booking agency with yet another website, representing local artists like Pure Drama, AWM, Rhea's Obsession, Chiwawa (aka the Clouds), Sianspheric4, and later Dj Maus, Verderosa Nyc, Adham Shaikh, Toires, etc.,.
At the time, producing local gigs such as the Sonic Ritual Summer concert series, and the North by Northwest concert series, among others, in various different venues, focused on the import and export of Eastern Canadian talent, while going back to Concordia University for her Communications degree, and taking on a seasonal freelance contract as Production Assistant Coordinator / Publicist for Drum Fest 94.
Highlights :
Woodstock 94 - headlining : Aphex Twin, the Orb, Dj Spooky, Orbital, Primus, Nine Inch Nails, Porno for Pyros, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Peter Gabriel, Blind Melon, Green Day, etc.,
Lollapalooza 1994 - headlining : Smashing Pumpkins, The Breeders, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, L7, The Flaming Lips, The Verve, Guided by Voices, Stereolab, Shonen Knife, etc.,


Greenland Productions / Donald K Donald hired Risa (freelance) as their Production Coordinator / Publicist for both the Montreal Independent Music Industry Awards (MiMi’s) - (for 2 editons 1995 and 1996), as well as the very first Néo-Musique Montréal / New Music Montreal (NMM NMM Festival) 1995.
In September 1995, she was invited by Martine Prévost of Polliwog (artist agency for Groovy Aardvark, QRN, etc., later Montreal festival) to join their showcase of bands and crew of music journalists, on their bus to the CMJ Music Marathon / Musicfest weekend in New York, where she attended various conferences by top renowned industry professionals (including keynote speakers such as David Bowie, as well as panelists from some of her favorite Alternative record labels), sharing their expertise on Booking and Touring, Artist Development, A&R, Independent Labels, Contracts and Legal Representation, Distribution, Music Marketing and Promotion, Sponsorship, Alternative Radio Programming, and much more.
Highlights :
CMJ Music Marathon / Musicfest 1995 in NYC / headliners : Tricky, PJ Harvey, Echobelly, Laika, Foetus, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Ben Neill, etc.,
Lollapalooza 1995 - headlining : Sonic Youth, Beck, Patti Smith, Laika, Hole, etc.,


Risa was hired at Foufounes Électriques, as their Production Manager
Almost immediately, she travelled to both California and Nyc, to meet with booking agencies in person, that would later bring in more opportunities, leading to more outstanding productions such as :
The Cramps, Spiritualized, The Damned, The Legendary Pink Dots, Pigface, Fishbone, Laibach, The Jesus Lizard, Jim Rose Circus Sideshow, Frontline Assembly, Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV), Catherine Wheel, Carter USM, Stabbing Westward, The Misfits, King Diamond, Gene, The Inbreds, Consolidated, The Lunachicks, Everclear, Cubanate, Blinker the Star, The Fleshtones, FM Einheit, New Bomb Turks, Raggadeath, Autour de Lucie, C-TEC, The Geraldine Fibbers, Fu Manchu, Marcy Playground, Blanks 77, Spahn Ranch, The Planet Smashers, Scorn, The Humpers, The Kingpins, Broken Hope, Switchblade Symphony, The Mahones, Dead Voices on Air, Numb, The Allstonians, The Torture King, Genetic Control/Fair Warning's 15th Anniversary, The Sneaker Pimps, Shonen Knife, The Dandy Warhols, Dread Zeppelin, etc., to name a few.
Highlights :
CMJ Music Marathon / Musicfest 1996 in NYC / headliners : MeatBeat Manifesto, Orbital, Loop Guru, Primus, PWEI (Pop Will Eat Itself), Wedding Present, Perfume Tree, Kelley Deal 6000, NIN, etc.,


Transitions in the flavors and fusions between industrial synth and electronic music were becoming much more pronounced, and bands like Download, Orbital, C-Tec, Delerium, Cubanate, Dead Voices on Air, (among others), were slowly going digital.
That's when Risa met Louise Gauvreau (DJ Maüs) @ Yoda's Den, who introduced her to the dubby jungle drum'n'bass vibes she was playing on vynil at the time, opening yet another door to delicious new sounds. As they grew much closer, they eventually shared many more electro-parties / gatherings in lofts and warehouses on Prince street, and elsewhere on the outskirts of Old Montreal.


By the summer of 1997 there was Arrival II Risa's first electronic outdoor festival, in a wonderful location featuring 3 stages, including Jeff MkUltra, Nuclear Ramjet, Freaky Flow, Misstress Barbara, Rikam, Nivoc, Neerav, and many more.
Soon after that, Risa and Maüs started booking her first European tour. Casper (Kaleidoscope - UK) who was already in touch with Maüs, was managing Interchill's UK office as their distributor at the time, and spoke to Andrew Ross Collins about hiring Risa in Montreal.
Around the same time, without any prior knowledge of this serendipity, while attending the first Eclipse 1998 in Montreal (produced by Rikam - EOMF / Tech Safari), she discovered Adham Shaikh and Gordon Field, playing in the chill room of a massive go-kart warehouse where she fell in LOVE with their music.
The connection was eventually made, and Andrew hired Risa as Interchill's new Marketing Director alongside Gordon Field (A&R), where she was responsible for world-wide marketing, promotion, publicity, artist and media relations, writing and editing artist biographies and web content, production of special events and record launches, artist bookings / contracts, sponsorship proposals / contracts, radio tracking, etc.
Somewhere between the transition from analog to digital, with experience and perspective from both acoustic live performance shows, and electronic composers/producers, as we watched technology, gadgets, instruments, and new digital toys begin to evolve much quicker in the early 90's, we also saw many more electro-acoustic/fusion artists stepping further into the spotlight.
With early childhood exposure to mediterranean and middle-eastern flavors, thanks to the wonderful influence of Andrew, Gordon, and Adham's discerning ears for pure bliss, and the wave of ethno-electro fusion exploding on dancefloors everywhere, Risa's affinity for ethereal / spiritual world sounds had been officially re-awakened.


Not too long after that, she met with André Ménard (Co-founder / Vice-President - Montreal Int'l Jazz Festival) where they shared a long chat about music, and she handed him one of her own cassette compilations. A few weeks later, he got in touch with her to let her know how much he loved it, and encouraged her to either start her own label, or Dj to share her eclectic collection with a much wider audience. He then offered her a position as the new Director of Operations at Metropolis (capacity 2200) concert hall for (L'Équipe Spectra / Montreal Int'l Jazz Festival).
As head of operations, Risa was responsible for hiring, direction, supervision and coordination of staff (75 - 100 employees) for all events and concerts (internal and/or external productions), settlements with producers, administration, box office reports, artist and media relations, safety regulations and inspections, security, customer service, and all operations in general. Needless to say, while keeping her day-shift gig going with Interchill, there was no time for sleep.
Then in the summer of 1999, OM Festival (2nd edition) featured 5 stages, with a line-up including Neil Sparkes and the Last Tribe (Transglobal Underground - UK), Caspar (Kaleidoscope - UK), Mercan Dede, Adham Shaikh's EKKO project (with live musicians including Naki (stikharp), Neil Sparkes, E.Shankar (tabla), Uwe (sitar), Sophie Garant (violin), among others), as well as sets by Dub Gnostic, Andrew Ross Collins, Legion of Green Men, Adityo, Gordon Field, Jeff MkUltra, Nuclear Ramjet, Nivoc, Rikam, and many more.
They built a magical Interchill stage around a sparkling waterfront surrounded by beautiful multi-colored lights, that was one of the most ...u.n.f.o.r.g.e.t.t.a.b.l.e... stages we'd EVER seen !!!

2000 and beyond

After spending a few years at Interchill, with very little sleep from the previous nightshift at Metropolis, getting up every morning to hear a fresh new artist, with a fresh new sound, from any random part of the globe, was ALWAYS a thrill never to be missed.
The favorites in Risa's collection evolved much deeper towards the roots of psy-ethno/chill, dub, ambient, trance, electro, tribal, origins and fusions, starting from mid to end 90's with even more exceptional releases from artists like Transglobal Underground, Future Sound of London, Natasha Atlas, James Asher, Michael Stearns, Suns of Arqa, Bill Laswell, Jonny L, Steve Roach, Sheila Chandra, Nitin Sawhney, Grooverider, Bally Sagoo, L. Subramaniam, Badmarsh & Shri, Gabriel LeMar, Black Star Liner, Cheb-I-Sabbah, Global Communication, Loop Guru, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Spacetime Continuum, Solar Stone, Rabih Abou Khalil, Thievery Corp, Richard Horowitz & Sussan Deyhim, Funki Porcini, Animal Zen, Talvin Singh, Afro Celt Sound System, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bandulu, Toumani Diabate, Dzihan & Kamien, Skylab, Vedic, XangBetos, Underworld, Ayub Ogada, Juno Reactor, Zion Train, Ravi Shankar, Joi, etc., on pioneer labels like Dragonfly, Astralwerks, Real World, Dakini, Flying Rhino, Waveform, SpiritZone, Twisted, Blueroom, Hearts of Space, TIP, Instinct, Six Degrees, Outcaste, and of course Interchill, (among many others), that changed the course of her musical journey with every exciting new discovery, nourishing her soul with a whole new level of inspiration and creativity moving forward.




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Please be advised, all photos used on this site have been collected over the last 25 years from events produced or attended, and over the last decade from friends on various social media sites. Known photo and image credits will be graciously added as soon as possible.

If you see a photo you recognize, and know the photographer, please get in touch, and we'll be happy to add their names with links to their website.
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photo above (also used on Terms and Media page) by Akisutra Projekt - Germany

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