Alain Mongeau | General and Artistic Director, MUTEK
20 ans d’audace et de culture © Martine Doyon
Founder of the largest festival dedicated to digital creativity and electronic music in Québec, Alain Mongeau is driven by a unifying intuition and energy. He concentrated MUTEK’s activities in the Quartier des spectacles as soon as it was created, earning a unique and envied position on the international festival circuit.
Today, the event’s free program is presented at the Esplanade Tranquille. Thousands of people flock here, as well as to Place des Arts, the MTelus and the Society for Arts and Technology, which Alain Mongeau co-founded with Monique Savoie and Luc Courchesne in 1996. Nearly 50% of MUTEK’s traffic comes from tourists attracted by the artistic vitality of the Quartier des spectacles.
If Montréal has been recognized as a breeding ground for artists and creators for decades, Alain Mongeau has certainly contributed to the city’s position as a world reference. An artist in his own right, he produced a dozen works that picked up awards at several international festivals in the early 1990s.
MUTEK is the only organization to ever receive the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal twice—in 2009 and in 2020. In 2021, Alain Mongeau was named Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec. He also earned the Prix du gestionnaire culturel awarded by the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal.