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Consequence of Sound writer Sasha Geffen shares her favourite #MTLMOMENTS

At Montreal’s three-day Osheaga festival, the metal stage barriers felt more artificial than any I’d ever been pressed against. I had just spent two weeks connecting with musicians, curators, and fellow fans; suddenly, the physical division separating me from the music I loved felt strange. In many ways, Osheaga was the perfect climax to my adventure through Montreal’s music community. I saw locals like Stars and Groenland perform and got to enjoy the work of the city’s visual artists around Parc Jean-Drapeau. But in another sense, the festival felt so much bigger than the place I had just immersed myself in. It was the meeting point of Montreal’s music and the music world at large…

VIDEO: Osheaga Music and Arts Festival 2013

Osheaga, the rising star of Montreal’s summer music festival schedule, brought a record-setting 135,000 people to Parc Jean-Drapeau in 2013, setting the bar incredibly high for next year. And while a photo gallery may be worth several thousand words, it’s this amazing video that we think best captures what it was like to be there!

Dance, Cruise and Rock at the MEG Music Fest

Electronic music comes in many forms, but the kind that the MEG Montreal Electronic Groove music festival specializes in is all about having a good time, whether that means dancing all night on a boat or rocking out in a St-Laurent bar. With over 70 artists at 10 different venues (yes, including a boat), this year’s festival, July 26 to August 3, celebrates 15 years of bringing artists and audiences together in the name of new electronic sounds…

Electronic evolution at Mutek 2013

For 14 years, Mutek has been moving minds and bodies with the latest and greatest sounds to come out of the vast genre of electronic music. The electronic music and culture festival does everything right again this year, with deep-listening performances, incredible visuals, free shows by local artists, a Piknic Electronik afternoon, and the fest’s signature five nights of late-night dancing, May 29 to June 2…

Piknic Electronik 2013: DJs and Dancing outdoors

Summer is such a glorious time in Montreal that as soon as the first day of spring is here, thoughts can’t help but turn to perfect summer days: hot, sunny, a slight breeze to take the edge off. With this year’s first Piknic Electronik only a month away, some of those thoughts might even be of Sunday afternoons spent dancing in the open air with hundreds of other people…

A-TRAK DJS MONTREAL’S IGLOOFEST

A full day of snowfall did not deter thousands of Montrealers and tourists alike from showing up for the kickoff of Igloofest, which continues until January 28. People showed up in their best winter wear, explored the fest’s many fun and frosty features, and, of course, danced the night away to Montreal expat A-Trak. There’s plenty more to come, so make sure that this is the year you figure out what all the fuss is about.

SOLID COLD: IGLOOFEST SHAKES OFF WINTER

Sometimes I can’t believe that Montreal’s massive outdoor electronic music fest and dance party Igloofest took until 2007 to get off the frozen ground – I mean, it’s just so very Montreal. Since the dawn of time, Montrealers have always been good at finding ways to party, sanctioned or not, during the darkest and deepest of winters…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JANUARY

Montreal has many secrets – rendez-vous locations, after-hours parties – but let me tell you a secret about winter in Montreal: it’s really not that bad. Oh, there was a time when winter in Montreal meant a certain amount of suffering, but these days, well, we have the technology to not only stay warm but to stay highly entertained. January alone features weekends of outdoor dance parties, the opening of an ice hotel (and bar), family fun in the snow, new contemporary art, wild theatre, dance and live music to warm the soul…

HALLOWEEN IN MONTREAL: FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Montreal residents generally don’t need an excuse to get out and enjoy their city. But if ever there was one, it’s Halloween, which very comfortably slips the city – and its seasonally-appropriate Old World sensibilities – into an otherworldly embrace each and every October 31, with a colourful array of activities and events, tricks and treats…