January 28, 2014 — In the perma-grey that takes over after the big winter festivals are over, lovers of hot beats have a last opportunity to warm up their ears: a rocking little party called Under the Snow/Sous la neige (March 4 to 9, 2014), the perfect warm-up to get music lovers through the last cold slushy stretch before spring.
Launched in 2004, this yearly festival promotes and supports up-and-coming musicians from Montréal and elsewhere, in all genres: folk, pop, rock (indie, psychedelic, and experimental), post-rock, shoegaze, electro, and more. In other words there’s something for every taste, from delicate to energetic, from ambient to dissonant; there’s also something for all budgets, with few tickets exceeding $20. In addition, it’s a great way for visitors to discover the small venues that help make our city a capital of indie and emergent music, such as the justly renowned Divan Orange—Casa del Popolo—Sala Rossa circuit.
A more unusual entry in this list is the basement of Église Saint-Denis, which since 2010 has hosted an event born from an unusual initiative. The Salon du disque et des arts underground de Montréal (SDAUM)–March 8 and 9, 2014–, an exposition of underground records and art held as part of the festival, brings together independent artists, record label headhunters, publishers, comic artists, bloggers, and craftspeople of all kinds. What music buff worth their salt could pass up the chance to find everything before everyone else, snap up some little group’s first album before their career takes off, or chat with the city’s top underground music miners? Hours of fun, out of the cold and hot drink in hand, will be yours.
The festival lasts for five days each March. Check the schedule to be sure not to miss anything.