What was DEMO FEST?

Over 350 musical artists, bands, or projects from all over the world spent the 2020 fall creating a new music in the form of a demo for DEMO FEST.

On December 21st (the winter solstice!) all 203 finished demos were released on bandcamp:

DEMO FEST is not a compilation, but a huge selection of brand new demos from a variety of musicians, established and brand new, across countless genres.

In the lead up to the big release, supporters could pre-order a special physical USB key including mp3s of all finished demos and packaged in limited edition box sets with various goodies!


Donations to download any or all of these demos, proceeds from the USB key physical release, and donations collected during the telethon were raised for Solidarity Across Borders, a migrant justice network in Montreal, QC, Canada. Comprised of migrants and allies, they organize to support individuals and families who are confronting an unjust immigration and refugee system. Please check them out, and don’t feel the need to wait until DEMO FEST to send them some money if you have the means – their need is ongoing.

As of 2021, DEMO FEST had raised over $10000 CAD for SAB. Any donations made via bandcamp purchases still go directly to SAB!


Exclaim: DEMO FEST Inspires Hundreds of Musicians to Launch New Projects on the Same Day (archive link)

Also Cool Mag: Montreal’s DEMO FEST Utilizes Punk Ethos in a Call to Action (archive link)

Mes Enceintes Font Défaut: PLAYLIST DEMO FEST 2020 (archive link)

Thank You

Thank you to all the artists who participated, volunteers who helped upload tracks, IFO for running an all-night livestream on December 21st (and selling merch), Dead Air for mastering 200 demos in a few weeks, and everyone who supported Solidarity Across Borders by buying some music!


If you have any lingering inquiries, you can e-mail us at: contact at

We also have an Instagram page, which is not active but check it out for the memories!