Join the key players of the international music industry in a discovery of Canadian and Montreal talents.
Interactive possibilities notwithstanding, short of using an actual springboard, there is little that the taste-making M for Montreal music festival and conference can’t or won’t do in its now nine-year-old quest to catapult worthy, primarily Montreal-based music artists onto the international stage. Hey, there’s always the tenth anniversary next year…
The upcoming edition of M for Montreal, November 19-22, will feature four days and nights of performances (many free) with panels, conferences and creative meetings. At the heart of the event are the over 150 carefully considered, stand-out bands and musicians who will be showcasing their creative wares in front of a truly international cross-section of music industry representatives and fans alike at 20 Montreal venues. Last year drew over 200 international industry professionals as part of the festival’s 15,000 attendees.
Each year M for Montreal puts together an “Official Selection” of bands earmarked for attention and showcases them at special concert events. This edition’s record 35 officially selected bands – serious up-and-comers like The Franklin Electric, Dear Criminals, Le Trouble, Fanny Bloom, Lisa Leblanc, July Talk and so many more – cover a broad range of genres, from indie rock and pop to electronic, hip-hop, folk, R&B, roots, jazz and more. Tickets are available for all of these presentations at the M for Montreal website, and do make a point of noting that there are several Official Selection showcases on the schedule that are free and open to the public.
These are, however, by no means the only performances taking place over the course of M for Montreal, which breaks into full-on festival mode over its last two days with a head-spinning array of shows by leading-edge Montreal artists like ever-more-popular rockers The Damn Truth, the crazy-catchy, shoe-gaze influenced Elephant Stone and electro-pop phenom Mozart’s Sister. Additionally, there are themed concerts such as M for Metal and a Jazz All-Year Round–produced show featuring appearances by Brooklyn-based minimalist jazz trio Dawn of Midi and Berlin pianist/composer Nils Frahm at storied Montreal concert hall Metropolis in the downtown Quartier des Spectacles.
And perhaps most importantly for industry delegates and music aficionados alike will be the expansive offering of panels and workshops covering a fascinating range of highly relevant topics. Among the many discussions will be “Internet Idol: Deconstructing an Online Identity,” “Festivals in Flux: Evolution and Future” and “From Fractions to Fortunes: Artist Revenue Streams Made Easy.” In sum, M for Montreal is brimming with enough stimulation to tickle both sides of your brain, all while giving you a leg up on the city’s next generation of music game changers.
M for Montreal, November 19-22, 2014
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Photo credits: Ellie Pritts, M for Montreal