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Distroboto: Montreal Art and Music

Tina Fey once called Montreal “New York with more cigarettes” and, for a while, a trip to most restaurants and bars revealed the city to be deserving of that tag. But, like any sensible place, Montreal has largely butted out of the smoking in public. But one enterprising organization has figured out how to create something new from the old and, in the process, given you a chance to take home a part of the cities’ vibrant art and music scene…

Major Lazer and Crookers in Montreal

Montreal nightlife has enough nightclubs, DJs and dancefloors to keep you dancing well into 2010. But on October 9th, Metropolis is the only dancetination your calendar needs to be aware of, as Major Lazer and Crookers are coming to town…

Festival du Nouveau Cinema: Nightlife picks

The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal (FNC) kicks off its 38th edition on October 7th to the 18th. With 48 countries showcasing more than 250 films, many of them in Montreal’s downtown core, there’s something for everyone, no matter your cinematic bent. Since this is a nightlife blog, however, I’ve circled a couple things that would be of interest to people like us…

Piknic Electronique wraps up big

Judging from the crowds this summer, it’s pretty clear that the word on Piknic Electronik has gotten out. The reasons why are pretty obvious- not only do they bring some of the best electronic music to Montreal, but they bring it to a beautiful outdoor setting smack dab in the middle of Sunday afternoon. The PIKNIK season is drawing to a close, so you make sure you get yourself out there soon…

Best Montreal 5-a-7: Part 2

A couple friends recently pointed out that my previous post on Montreal’s best 5-a-7s seemed to all be located suspiciously near my apartment. I responded that if that was my main determining criteria, I would have included the 5-a-7s that I regularly throw in my apartment as the workday comes to a close. I also wouldn’t have included that sneaky “Part 1” in the post title. But, point taken. So, in part 2, we stretch our drinking wings a bit (p.s. please don’t drink and fly)….

Montreal gets Black and Blue

I was hired to be a nightlife blogger for Montreal because I know the city’s nightlife scene fairly well. I was also hired because if I don’t know much about something specific, chances are I know someone that does. With a scope as wide as “things that happen when it’s dark,” there’s no way I’m going to love all of it. I bring this up because, while it’s not really my scene, the Black & Blue ravedown happening on Sunday October 11th, might be yours…

Pop Montreal Big Ticket Picks

Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga…this post has nothing to do with any of those people and everything to do with the real, genuine music coming to Pop Montreal this year. But hey, I won’t tell Google if you don’t…

Polaris Music Prize and Montreal

The Polaris Music Prize is an annual music award given out to the best Canadian album of the year. Though Canada already has the Juno Awards, Polaris is special because unlike the industry-centric Junos, it’s given out based exclusively “on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales or record label.” It has also helped show that Montreal has one of the best music scenes in the country…

Montreal’s Best Irish Pubs

The Irish pubs of Montreal are some of my favorite places to experience the city’s nightlife scene. Though this city may be home to a wealth of high-end spots to get fancy cocktails, if you’re looking for a simple, friendly place to get a pint of beer and some great pub food, Montreal has you covered…