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8 Montréal women who make their city shine

Montréal has an inexhaustible resource: strong women who forge ahead, driven to create. As vibrant as the city they live in, they are an inspiration to us all and showcase homegrown talent around the world. In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, here are eight women whose talent and passion make Montréal shine. Régine Chassagne This member of the popular band Arcade Fire cofounded KANPE, an organization that aims to bring together the Haitian diaspora and people who feel drawn to the Haitian cause. KANPE applies a sustainable working model to combat poverty by helping the neediest families become more autonomous. Thanks to donations collected through ticket sales for Arcade Fire shows across the world, Régine and her band have raised over two million dollars for Partners in Health and KANPE. Safia Nolin This young singer-songwriter makes headlines with a voice that exudes strength and melancholy to create a captivating sound. Limoilou, her first album, won her the Felix award for 2016 discovery of the year. After her controversial acceptance speech at the ADISQ gala, she hit back at critics with a brilliant open letter published by Urbania, in which she denounces the fashion constraints placed on women…. / Read More →

Music Makes the World Go ‘Round at POP Montreal

If music is the stuff of life, the POP Montreal International Music Festival can teach us all a thing or two about how to live large – with a slew of rock, indie-pop, electro, punk and hip hop shows to choose from every day for a full five days, the festival keeps music fans playing on in 2014…


Even under a blanket of fresh snow, Montreal won’t slow down its pace, especially during this week of  entertainment and family-friendly activities indoors and out at the Montréal en Lumière festival, at the circus, at the Old Port (ice canoe races!), on stage and in museums and galleries, and in music venues everywhere…


The meaning of “pop” music these days is pretty broad, and this year’s Pop Montreal festival, while leaning towards the indie camp, does a good job of proving it. Pop Montreal 2012, September 19-23, meets many a personal pop predilection, but those of us who like synthesizer-drenched dance-core as much as we like conscious hip hop have some tough choices to make. Thankfully, because Pop Montreal shows are usually punctual, the fest pocket guide is fairly accurate, and the all-new Pop app updates on the fly, show hopping is easy! Really! Maybe! Out of the hundreds of shows going on, here are 10 to catch…