Posted on May 21st, 2010 by .

Some things sell themselves: The Luyas, a Montreal band whose acquaintance you should make, are playing a benefit show at the Rialto, one of the city’s most woefully underused venues. And it’s for a good cause. And the cover is only $5…

Located near the corner of Parc and Bernard, the Rialto Theatre is a movie theatre constructed in 1924. Montreal architect Joseph-Raoul Gariépy and designer Emmanuel Briffa were inspired Paris’ Palais Garnier and, as you can imagine, the result is pretty breathtaking. There’s a reason it’s designated a National Historic Site of Canada. The Rialto has struggled somewhat since it’s early heyday, but over the years it’s been home to some pretty legendary concerts: Public Enemy, The Pixies, Modest Mouse and Wolf Parade, to name a few. Now under new ownership and management, the Rialto is hoping to make a much welcome comeback…

And what better way than on Wednesday, June 9th with The Luyas, an incredible group with a new album on the way. If you don’t know them, you might know of Miracle Fortress, Bell Orchestre, Torngat and Arcade Fire, groups whom the members of The Luyas have all played with at some point. Their music is poppy but experimental, intricate and orchestral. I think it’s perfect for a place with the scale and grandeur of the Rialto. But why listen to what I think about this show when you can hear from the groups’ Jessie Stein herself:

invitation! from the luyas on Vimeo.

As she said, they’ll be playing with The Hoof and the Heel and Avec Pas D’Casque alongside some soon-to-be-announced DJs. And to find out more about where your donation money is going, please check out the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, whose work has become all the more vital in the wake of the recent oil spill.

As for the Rialto, they’re hosting a cabaret night on Saturdays nights with a rotating cast of DJs and live bands. Their hope is to remake the Rialto into a cultural and creative hub for the neighbourhood and all of greater Montreal. Here’s hoping they succeed.


Check out the event’s Facebook page.

June 9th 2010. Doors at 8 – Bands at 9, 5723 Ave du Parc

(phot0: Danny Hardwood)

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