Electronic music and Montreal go together like many other Montreal classic combos: bagels and cream cheese, smoked meat and Cott’s black cherry soda, summer-time and hot people. We’ve got Mutek in the early spring, Piknic Electronik all summer, and MEG, a.k.a. Montreal Electronic Groove, heating up nine indoor venues, two outdoor stages and one super fun boat (yes!) July 26 to August 5…
Over 70 artists from Montreal, Canada and overseas bring their own brands of electronic music together in interesting, language-spanning harmony during the festival. On the first day of MEG, July 26, see no fewer than five bands, including Monogrenade, The Balconies at Sala Rossa, DJ Noyl at Divan Orange and Ko & Josephine and The Fadeout at Quai des Brumes. From there on, every night of the fest is packed with music to get some kind of groove on to, like July 27’s Les Soirées Electro MEG, going down at Le Belmont at 11 p.m. with sounds all the way from France: BeatauCue, Canblaster and Sam Tiba.
The festival doesn’t keep all its music offerings indoors either. Taking advantage of the great July weather, MEG teams up with Piknic Electronik for a night of music with Squarepusher, Ikonika and DJ Kobal on July 28 and a fabulous, chill, dancey July 29 afternoon with Jacques Greene, Machinedrum, Lunice, Son Raw, Nymra and Sofisticated, all at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
And on August 4, the always-exciting MEG Boat launches a full-on dance party on the St-Laurent River with DJs Breakbot, Jesse Rose, Vilify and Christine, mixing up electro-funk, dubstep and more.
MEG also teams up with Festival Présence Autochtone on August 3 for a free concert from Foulane, DJ Mood and A Tribe Called Red, at Place des Festivals at 10 p.m., and works with Osheaga on the MMOI showcase, featuring some of Montreal’s most happening new bands, such as awesome Montreal indie-rockers Silver Dapple, The Jezabels, Technical Kidman, Capitaine Soldat, Kandle, Propofol and more.
For more in the way of dance parties, get a full dose of bass at the aptly named Basskarade, August 3 at Club Soda, with six DJs: electro-housey Jay & Nedd, experimental Lektrique, Belgian’s dubstep-drenched Apashe, and US-based dubstep pioneer Figure. And close out the festival on August 5 at Club Soda, with Brodinski, Gesaffelstein and Surkin and Claire. If you’re still standing.
Montreal Electronic Groove, July 26-August 5, 2012