There comes a time when the show must go on. After two years of Covid related cancellations the Montreal Audiofest opened their doors yesterday at the Place Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal. This year marks the 33rdedition for what is usually an annual show. While the show is somewhat smaller and the crowds perhaps thinner, there was an unmistakable energy on day one and a relief, that after so many months, that colleagues were seeing each other in person, some for the first time in years and audio fans were finally able to connect with their favourite brands while relishing the chance of discovering something new.
The show has a reunion feel and reinforces that nothing comes close to in-person listening. Show owners Sarah Tremblay and Michel Planet have created a tight offering that splashes live entertainment via the Focal recording lounge with a strong marketplace selling new and used vinyl along with listening opportunities from some of the biggest names in audio.
What follows are some photos from day one of the show. The Montreal Audiofest continues through the weekend of March 26 and 27.