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OSHEAGA 2011

You know that old saying “you can’t please everyone all the time”? Well, the people at Osheaga, July 29-31, beg to differ. The three day festival in Montreal’s verdant Parc Jean Drapeau features so many bands and musicians that now it seems like you can indeed please everybody all the time…

U2 360 TOUR TAKES OVER MONTREAL

U2′s massive 360 Tour took over the city last night in Montreal and I got the chance to pretend to be a photographer for the evening…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 7-10)

Oh, it’s hot in the city. And I love it. Of course, I also love air-conditioning. But during July in Montreal, it’s easy enough to strike a balance between too hot to handle and too cold to hold. With Jazz Fest still ringing in our collective ears and the mercury rising, it’s time to wear the bare minimum and seek maximum entertainment: this weekend, find it at one of many circuses, at a full-blown Caribbean carnival, in film fests and in the parks, and, as if any of us could forget, in the form of a guy named Bono…

HEAVY MTL: KISS, MOTORHEAD, BILLY TALENT AND MORE

What a festival asks you not to bring can be very telling. For instance, Heavy MTL requests that you not bring: objects causing bodily harm, illicit drugs and/or animals. Even if none of these things are allowed, it seems pretty clear that Heavy MTL 2011 will be awesome…

JAZZ FEST INTERVIEW: MISTEUR VALAIRE

Misteur Valaire play the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 28. The Montreal Buzz caught up with the group’s Luis Clavis to find out where they’ve been, where they’re going and what they’ve got planned for Jazz Fest…

U2 AT THE MONTREAL HIPPODROME: JULY 8-9

U2 have already held concerts in Montreal’s largest spaces: Club Montreal, the Forum, the Bell Centre and The Olympic Stadium. How does the world’s largest rock band top that? By building a new 60,000 fan open-air stadum at the Montreal Hippodrome. It almost goes without saying (which won’t stop me from saying it), that on July 8 and 9, the U2 concert will be the biggest event happening in Montreal…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: (JUNE 16-19)

In the middle of June, we run into a problem here in Montreal: there’s just too much to do. Choices must be made – and the broader your tastes, the tougher the choices. For me, I’m torn between what’s bound to be a crazy French hip-hop show and just relaxing at the Montreal Folk Festival. Or going to see a hilarious one-man play about trying to find a job (universal topics: always a winner) or seeing a bunch of super talented and enthusiastic dancers show off their stuff in an empty pool. Weird choices to have to make, but I wouldn’t have it any other way…

MONTREAL FOLK FESTIVAL ON THE LACHINE CANAL

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…

CONCERTS IN MONTREAL: JUNE

The arrival of June means that very soon most of the music in Montreal will come in festival form. But that doesn’t meant that the month of June doesn’t boast some great stand-alone concerts. While the back-to-back Rihanna shows are foremost in some people’s minds, there also some great local bands playing and, given the well-deserved world-class reputation of Montreal’s music scene, their shows should be marked down on your calendars with equal aplomb…

MEET A MONTREALER: STEPHAN GRONDIN

Stephan Grondin is the Montreal DJ opening for Kylie Minogue (who plays the Bell Centre on April 28), but if you frequent Montreal’s best clubs, chances are you’ve heard his infectious beats already…