Posted on February 7th, 2011 by .

February’s concert schedule may boast a virtuoso French composer and some of Canada’s most interesting indie acts, but let’s face it, some of you just care that Bon Jovi are coming to Montreal…

Colin Stetson: If you don’t know this Montreal-based wind and brass master’s solo work, on display on the 10th at Sala Rossa, maybe you’ve heard of some of the people he’s played with: Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, David Byrne, Feist, Sinead O’Connor…

Gipsy Kings: Perennial fan favourites The Gypsy Kings and special guests Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo bring their “rumba catalana” sound (traditional flamenco music with a pop update) to Place Des Arts on the 13th.

Interpol: Though the New York indie rock band are no longer joined by bassist Carlos Dengler, they released a new self-titled album in September which will be on full display on the 16th at Metropolis.

Goo Goo Dolls: Yes, the Goo Goo Dolls still exist. They play the Olympia on the 16th.

Enrique Iglesias: Enrique’s latest song, Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You), has been a massive success on the charts. You can bet that he plays that version of the song at the Bell Centre on the 17th, rather than the way more explicit one that you can easily find with a little digging.

Rich Aucoin: On a mission to prove that Maritime music is more than just a bunch of fiddlers, indie pop artist Rich Aucoin, who once travelled across Canada on a bike while raising money for kids with cancer, hits Il Motore on the 17th with (mostly) local acts The Pop Winds and Pete Samples opening things up.

Bon Jovi: Middle-aged women all over Quebec have had the 18-19 of February, when Bon Jovi play back-to-back shows at the Bell Centre, circled on their calendars for months now. I’ll leave it at that for fear of incurring their wrath.

Morcheeba: These turn-of-the-century trip pop pioneers have recently welcomed singer Skye Edwards back into their fold, and, having seen them live before, I can confidently tell you that you should go see them on the 19th at Metropolis.

Braids: I talked about this up-and-coming local act during last month’s concert roundup and the show had sold out before I even had time to press “publish” on the post. Good thing for all of us,  that they play Il Motore on the 19th.

Yann Tiersen: Most people know this French musician and composer as the man who created the beloved Amelie soundtrack, but his live show (Metropolis on the 21st) is anything but predictable, with Tiersen playing piano, accordion, violin, electric guitar and more…

Tommy Youngsteen and the Million Dollar Band: The band playing February’s final show of note, at Casa on the 27th, features members of Stars, the Sam Roberts Band and The Stills. And when I tell you that it’s a Tom Petty/Bruce Springsteen/Neil Young tribute band, perhaps the name will make a little more sense.

Photo Credit: Anirudh Koul

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