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Montréal’s Best Reggae and World Beat Clubs, Events and Festivals

Montréal has a thriving world beat music scene with concerts in nightclubs by popular local musicians augmented by music festivals with superstar headliners from around the world. Here is a sampling of some of the best the city has to offer: The iconic Club Balattou (4372 Saint-Laurent Blvd.) was opened in 1985 by showbiz legend Lamine Toure. A who’s who has played in this small and intimate venue over the years—many making their North American debuts—including Papa Wemba, Baaba Maal, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and Angélique Kidjo. Congolese entertainer Dally Kimoko even wrote a song about the famed nightclub, called Balattou à Montréal. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 p.m. to closing. Info: 514-845-5447 or http://balattou.com/. A block away is another Montréal institution, Les Bobards (4328 Saint-Laurent Blvd.), which boasts live entertainment by the city’s best local world beat performers, music from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Reggae, ska, salsa, compa—you name it, you will hear it here. Also daily Happy Hours. Info: 514-987-1174 or http://lesbobards.qc.ca/. Montréal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has been showcasing entertainers from across Africa and the African diaspora each July since 1987. Some of the hundreds of headliners over the years include music legends Miriam… / Read More →

Montreal Reggae Festival’s 10 year anniversary features Shaggy, Yellowman, Morgan Heritage and more

Whether dub or dancehall, reggae might just be the perfect music for August’s hot, sunny, chilled-out days. So it’s no surprise that the Montreal International Reggae Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary, August 16-18 outdoors in the Old Port of Montreal, with live music from Shaggy, Beenie Man, Morgan Heritage and many more, as well as activities for kids, a marketplace and delicious Caribbean food…