The back-to-school chill may be in the air, but summer isn’t over yet: the all-ages ExperienceMTL, August 24 to September 1, with over 40 bands – including Public Enemy, Atari Teenage Riot and Malajube – ends summer vacation with a bang at Olympic Park in the city’s east end…
Over two long weekends, ExperienceMTL sees international and local hip hop and rock musicians taking over the vast Olympic Park site every day, with hours of live music and interactive events.
From August 24-25, the Cabaret du Musée du Rock’n’Roll du Québec brings great Montreal bands to the stage: On Friday evening see Alaclair Ensemble, Les Sexareenos, Juno-award-winning Malajube and Galaxie, while Saturday starting at 3 p.m. rock out with Solids, Uncle Bad Touch, Artist of the Year, Grimskunk and more. Urbania MTL takes over the programming on August 26 with electro-infused, genre-blending world-beat sounds of Pacha Massive, Señor Flavio, Bostich & Fussible, and many more.
On August 31, it’s a day of indie rock in all its guises, courtesy of Greenland Productions and the upcoming Pop Montreal music festival (September 19-23). On the main stage, rock out with Parlovr, Duchess Says, Oberhofer, Atari Teenage Riot, Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine and more. Meanwhile, Pop Montreal settles in for at Olympic Parc’s Tente Magique with indie-groove-making Montreal trio CTZNSHP, pop-punk band Topanga, local guitar rocker Sean Nicholas Savage and stylin’ electro-pop musician Jef Barbara.
On September 1, not only does the Quebec Skateboard School set up a series of pro-style demos for any skate fan 16 years old and up, but hip hop reigns all afternoon and into the night, with none other than Public Enemy headlining a massive show that includes Grim Skunk, Main Attrakionz, Korias, Lunice and other masters of the mic.
Along with all the live music of Experience Montreal comes the Montreal Mini Maker Fair, August 25-26, a kind of high-tech craft fair. Maker Fairs have been popping up around the world in recent years as DIY and crafting culture have surged further into the mainstream.
Montreal’s fair, co-sponsored by local video-game big-shot Ubisoft, showcases the creative work of circuit-board masters, digital geniuses, technologically inclined artists and amateur robot enthusiasts, all coming together in one place to share ideas and skills, participate in workshops and even play a few new games, video or otherwise.
ExperienceMTL, August 24-September 1, 2012