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10 FAMOUS MUSICIANS CHAT ABOUT MONTREAL

It was a fun year for The Montreal Buzz as we chased down our favorite rockstars for their sentiments on the city. Whether in town as part of one of the many stellar festivals or touring for new album releases, most artists made time to do a bit of exploring around Montreal and had some great things to say. In random order, here are our ten most memorable musician moments.

MEET A MONTREALER: SANTA CLAUS

Many people don’t realize it, but Mr. Christmas himself is a Montrealer. Each year, to get his fix of culture and fine dining, Santa Claus spends July and August in his Montreal summer home in the trendy neighborhood of Mile End, where he goes incognito in traditional Hasidic Jewish garb. Despite the über-busy time of year for Santa, he made a bit of time for The Montreal Buzz to chat over eggnog lattes at juliette & chocolat last weekend.

MEET A MONTREALER: MICHEL RABAGLIATI

Michel Rabagliati is a graphic novelist born and based in Montreal. He has written several semi-autobiographical comic books featuring the life and times of a fellow named Paul. In 1999, his first publication, Paul in the Country, earned him a Harvey Award for Best New Talent. We feel this is pretty darn neat. And we think you should meet Michel.

CHICAGO’S TOP CHEF CHARLIE TROTTER IN MONTREAL TO HONOUR NORMAND LAPRISE

It seems to be the thing, these days, to see celebrities flying in, making a splash, and flying out. Jean Paul Gaultier, überchef Gordon Ramsay – who’s opening a restaurant in town in February! – and also…. Charlie Trotter, who’s a veritable culinary legend in Chicago, where his restaurant Charlie Trotter’s has been among the highest-rated for as long as there have been reputable restaurant guides. And yes, we spoke to him, too.

A BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW WITH SARAH HARMER

Hot off the heels of a new album (Oh Little Fire) and last week’s exclusive iTunes Session EP, Sarah Harmer was in Montreal last week to rock out at Cabaret Juste Pour Rire. After her previous offering of folksie-bluegrass, “rocking out” has become a greater priority for the Ontario-based songstress. Her new album  is “a gust of rock more forceful than anything she’s played since her mid-‘90s days with rambunctious Kingston rockers Weeping Tile.” But despite exchanging fiddles for electric guitars and a cooler, grittier soundscape, Harmer is still the introspective, lovelorn woman that Canadians have known to love and appreciate. We caught up with her backstage to talk about the new album, her activism and what she’s growing in her garden.

BLACK & BLUE: INTERVIEW WITH DJ PAULETTE

This weekend’s Black & Blue party will celebrate 20 years of incredible electronic music. Headlining the “House” room is the divine, award-winning, Paris-based DJ Paulette. We caught up with DJ Paulette to chat about house music, Montreal and the projects she is working on.

A CHAT WITH POP MONTREAL’S DAN SELIGMAN

We’ve talked about the music and the, uh, not-music of Pop Montreal. With the fest now in full swing, it seemed like the perfect time to have a chat with Dan Seligman, the festival’s Creative Director. In the years I’ve been covering music in Montreal, “Dad” Seligman has been a constant presence, quick with a quip but, more importantly, a person whose passion for music has been imbued into the festival that he helped start.

DAVID USHER ON MUSIC, MILE END & MONTREAL

David Usher is many things: musician, humanitarian, artist and father. He’s rocked around the country with his band Moist, won a handful of Junos (the Canadian ‘Grammy’) and has had radio hits on three continents. And we love him for all those reasons. But he remains especially near and dear to our hearts because he’s a Montrealer.

SNOOP DOGG PERFORMS AT OSHEAGA FESTIVAL [VIDEO]

West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg was in Montreal on August 1st to perform at the city’s most popular hipster-y music event of the year, Osheaga Festival. Here’s 4:15 minutes of awesome Snoop footage.

THE FLAMING LIPS LIGHT UP MONTREAL

Confetti blizzards, strobe lights, smoke machines, Goliath-sized hand lasers, multi-coloured balloons and a giant space bubble…all the signs announcing the 2010 Tour of the Flaming Lips were gathered at Metropolis last Wednesday.