The 3rd Annual Folk Festival on the Canal is not only a great opportunity to hear musicians like Kathleen Edwards, Old Man Luedecke, Katie Moore and more, but also an excuse to check out a nice little corner of Montreal… Expanding into a two-day folk-off this year, the Folk Fest on the Canal throws down June 19th-20th at the St-Ambroise Terrace, which can be found behind the McAuslan Brewery on the Lachine Canal in Montreal.
The whole thing is win-win in my books. You’ve some of the biggest names in folk, roots and bluegrass music: Kathleen Edwards, Craig Cardiff, Jenny Whiteley, Old Man Luedecke plus local acts like Notre Dame de Grass, Lake of Stew, Katie Moore, Caloon Saloon, and tons more. Plus, if you buy a totally reasonably priced pass, you get access to a downloadable song from everyone who is performing.
Another thing the fest does well is cater to kids. If they’re under 12 they get in free and all weekend there will be activities and music geared towards them. But, since I don’t have a kid, I’m entirely more interested in all McAuslan Beers, a great local brewery, especially the St-Ambroise Raspberry Ale that you can only get on their terrace. They’ll be serving sausages and burgers, both of the “ham” and “veggie” variety, as well as more vegetarian fare from Burritoville.
But if you feel like exploring a bit (and since you’re right on the Lachine Canal Multipurpose Path, why not?), here’s a couple other options. There’s Magnan, a classic roast beef restaurant that’s been around since 1932. There’s also the mighty trio of McKiernan, Liverpool House and Joe Beef, which are a bit further away but are also some of Montreal’s best restaurants. So they’ve got that going for them. And finally, though the Folk Fest has you more than covered for music, consider checking out the awesomely named Pirates of the Lachine Canal, a group of promoters who do concerts and weekly nights in the area.