Are you wondering how to spend a nice summer evening in Montreal? Would you like to be sitting on a terrace, enjoying a beautiful sunset and listening to the dulcet tones of folk and bluegrass music? Do you like festivals that are convieniently located near a canal and its beautiful bike path? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions than you, gentle sir or good madame, need to get yourself to the Montreal Folk Festival on the Lachine Canal…
This year marks the fourth annual Montreal Folk Festival on the Lachine Canal. The little-music-fest-that-could, which strums along from June 16 to June 19, has steadily moved its way up many a Montrealers’s must-hear calendar. The now four-day event is nestled behind the McAuslan Brewery at the St-Ambroise Terrace, which you’ll find overlooking along the historic Lachine Canal, an ideal backdrop for acoustic guitars, pleasant picnics and, obviously, great beer.
This year’s festival boasts an excellent lineup featuring musicians like John Sebastien of The Lovin’ Spoonful (an appearance that has many a proud Woodstockian excited), as well as Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few, Emm Gryner, Rose Cousins and the always-popular Fred Eaglesmith. But this city is of course bursting with homegrown talent, like the always-boisterous Jimmyriggers, French folk poppers Tricot Machine and the truly talented (and some say handsome) multi-instrumentalist, Joe Grass.
If you’d like to go but don’t know what to do with your kids, bring them along! It’s family-friendly fun with lots of activities and music for children that will exhaust them so that they’ll just eventually fall asleep. And, as mentioned before, one of the real draws of the Folk Fest is its location alongside the Lachine Canal. In conjunction with the Parks Canada celebrations, you can even camp overnight after enjoying some friendly folk with friends.
Montreal Folk Festival, June 16-19, 2011
St. Ambroise Terrace, 5080 St. Ambroise Street