Bring Down The Walls: Bonbon Kojak, AKAntu (Moonshine) with special guest Ushka

Free admission, limited places
Date and time
Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 9:30 PM to 3:30 PM

As part of the Phil Collins exhibition, the Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art presents four events within the framework of the installation Bring Down The Walls. The public is invited to take part in "school day" informative sessions and workshops on prison abolition, followed by "club nights" organized by Montreal-based and international music collectives.

For the third Club Night of this series, the Phi Foundation invites the Montreal collective Moonshine to curate the evening. Featured DJs include Bonbon Kojak and AKAntu, with special guest Ushka from Brooklyn.

The event will start on time. Be there early!

Set Times
9:30 PM – Bonbon Kojak (Montreal)
11:30 PM  – Ushka (Brooklyn)
1:30 AM – AKAntu (Montreal)

About Bring Down The Walls
Organised in May 2018 in New York City by artist Phil Collins, Creative Time, The Fortune Society, and over 100 collaborators, Bring Down The Walls was a three-part public art project which turned an unconventional lens on the prison industrial complex through house music and nightlife.

Originating as a public art project, Bring Down The Walls consisted of a communal space that functioned as an open school by day and dance club by night, as well as a benefit album of classic house tracks re-recorded by formerly incarcerated vocalists and electronic musicians. For the exhibition at the Phi Foundation, Collins proposes Bring Down The Walls (2019), an installation version of this project reconfigured specifically for the Montréal context and the space at 465 Saint-Jean Street, with corresponding public programming that will build on the discussions and relationships that began in New York.

Bring Down The Walls Montreal Schedule
November 9, 2019
December 7, 2019
School Days: 1 PM to 6 PM
Club Nights: 11 PM to 6 AM

February 8, 2020
March 7, 2020
School Days: 1 PM to 6 PM
Club Nights: 9:30 PM to 3:30 AM


Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage is a Sri Lanka-born, Thailand-raised activist, cultural organizer, and DJ working under the moniker “Ushka.” She moved to the US when she was 18 to attend Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, and received a Master of Arts in Communications from UMass Amherst. She has lived in New York City for almost ten years, where she works as a media professional and storyteller in the immigrant rights movement and, more recently, the climate justice movement. Thanu’s professional, political, and artistic interests concern (im)migration, and she uses writing, video, and music/audio to explore the everyday lives of brown and black communities from the Global South to the West.

AKAntu is a Montreal-based DJ born in Lubumbashi, Congo. He has devoted himself to music since his teenage years, and for the first time has begun to produce albums for local music artists. Following his arrival in Canada, AKAntu soon came to stand out in the city’s underground scene as a host of successful dance parties.

Bonbon Kojak
Bonbon Kojak’s is the almost perfect story of a musical epic that began in Congo, where he was born. Enchanted by Congolese music when he was young, it was through travel that Kojak made his first learnings. As a teenager, he pretended to be a student in Johannesburg. There he developed a keen interest in African electronic music. His studies, if indeed they ever really happened, took him to Kiev and then to Montreal, where he finally made his musical debut.

Through the popular underground Moonshine nights, Bonbon Kojak became recognized for his skill at juggling Afro-electronic sounds. Besides collaborating with his collective, he has shared his talents at Red Bull Music Academy Weekenders, the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, Igloofest, the Just for Laughs festival, and La Grosse Lanterne.

Since 2013, Montreal’s Moonshine collective has become known for their inclusive, location-shifting monthly party series featuring genre-diverse Canadian and international DJs, singers, rappers, dancers, and visual artists. Notable guests have included The Arcade Fire’s Win Butler (under his Windows 98 alias), Kaytranada, Sinjin Hawke, and others. The Moonshine collective has also released two compilations featuring crew members and associates.

Phil Collins, Bring Down The Walls, 2019. Three-channel video installation; colour, sound; 87 min. Civic space; nightclub; double 12” benefit compilation. Photo: Mel D. Cole. Courtesy Shady Lane Productions, Berlin.

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