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FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: SEPTEMBER

A new school year, a new month of plenty of free stuff in Montreal! And you definitely don’t have to be a student to appreciate it– from all things pop music to top-notch classical symphonic performances to local jazz greats, plus literature, art, photography and even marathon running, September seems to have everyone’s tastes covered when it comes to gratuit…

5 MONTREAL BANDS (AND 1 DJ) YOU SHOULD SEE AT OSHEAGA

It’s no secret that the best bands in Canada are from Montreal, or at least they moved to Montreal and then became the best. Festivals like Osheaga build the momentum of the music scene by offering lesser-known bands exposure and a platform to play for a larger audience than a loft or club allows. Here, then, are some Montreal bands and a DJ/Producer playing Osheaga that you shouldn’t miss…

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2011

The 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal just wrapped up and Just for Laughs is about to begin. But before the laughter starts, let’s take a look back at the 2011 Jazz Fest…

CONCERTS IN MONTREAL: JULY

July fixes any music fest letdowns by playing host to Heavy MTL and Osheaga, but it also boasts some of the biggest concerts of the year: U2, Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Taylor Swift and more…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 30-JULY 4)

The last weekend of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is upon us – and it’s a big one. Rain or shine (looks like shine), the fest starts off Canada Day weekend with jazz standards and not-so-standards and caps it off with our own version of 4th of July celebrations: a massive outdoor concert from the B-52s. All that jazz plus a visit from Will and Kate, a fest just for teenagers, and some truly beautiful, truly challenging art from American painter (and celeb in his own right) John Currin…

JAZZ FEST INTERVIEW: BOOTSY COLLINS

It was a wild day tracking down the funk pioneer Bootsy Collins before his Montreal International Jazz Festival show at Metropolis, but as you can see from the video interview, it was well worth it.

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST REVIEWS

Our Montreal Buzz writers are all over the Festival International Jazz de Montréal. Read their reviews of amazing concerts by Trombone Shorty, Bootsy Collins, Mark Berube, Ernest Ranglin, Steel Pulse, Return to Forever IV, Hugh Masekela, Theophilus London, Men Without Hats, Nikki Yanofsky and more…

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE: JULY 12-24

This year marks the 25th edition of one of Montreal’s most dynamic festivals, Nuits D’Afrique, and it’s no surprise that this year’s theme is A Quarter Century of World Music and the mantra is tradition, boldness and renewal. The extravaganza features 57 artists from 32 countries and 13 jam-packed days of shows featuring the best names of African and world music…

MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2011

For 10 days this summer, June 25 to July 4, Montreal goes jazz crazy. Well, not really crazy, more like extremely excited to the point of literally dancing in the streets. And, while I’m being honest here, it’s not all jazz either, or at least not any typical definition of it. For instance: music-world royalty Prince just agreed to a two-night stand here! Yes, the 32nd edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is as eclectic and diverse as ever…

STREET PROFILE: BERNARD

Once upon a time, Bernard was the end of the line- literally. Mile End was once a pastoral suburb where families of newly-arrived Greek immigrants mixed with the the second-largest population of Orthodox Jews outside of Israel. Those populations still inhabit the area, but now Mile End is a major artery of the city’s cultural life and Bernard is the main vein…