Grimposium sheds light on bigger issues in metal music industry

WATCH ABOVE: The Grimposium is partnering with Heavy Montreal to create a one-of-a-kind academic metal-head meet-up.

MONTREAL – Music festival Heavy Montreal is taking academia by the hand at the annual Grimposium.

Currently in its second year, the Grimposium is a special opportunity for metal heads to get together and talk about their common interests.

It features panel discussions, art exhibitions, film screenings and live performances spread out across Concordia University’s downtown campus as well as at Montreal concert venues.

Vivek Venkatesh, an Associate Professor at Concordia’s Department of Education, is one of the people organizing the many events that bring together musicians, journalists, visual artists, filmmakers and writers alike.

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This year, while partnering with Heavy Montreal, academics will also study the heavy metal scene from a communal and social standpoint.

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The goal is to look at how the art itself is consumed, while also bridging the gap between music lovers and producers.

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The Grimposium will also host discussions on racism, misogyny and homophobia within the heavy metal scene, as well as debate how to properly discuss these topics.

The Grimposium will run Aug. 2–6 during the week leading up to Heavy Montreal, which in turn runs Aug. 7–9 at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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