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Hot music for a cold winter concert guide

What better way to warm your soul in wintry weather than by checking out some of the hottest rock, pop, hip-hop and more – from the likes of Bastille, Blue Rodeo, Green Day and Dinosaur Jr. – at many of Montréal’s most amazing venues? Let the following be your guide to great music and good times in the cool coming months. Elevation Montréal, January 27 (Bell Centre) EDM fans get their New Year’s prayers answered early when the first edition of Elevation Montréal brings the bass for a massive dance partaaay. Brought to you by the fine minds behind summer dance music fest ÎleSoniq, Elevation will feature headlining house duo DVBBS as well as Australian bass duo Knife Party and U.S. livetronica group Big Gigantic. Mogwai, January 31 (Théâtre St. Denis) Glaswegian post-rock monsters Mogwai make a rare Montréal appearance in support of their latest release, Atomic, which consists of reworked versions of tunes they composed for the acclaimed 2016 BBC documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise. The soundtrack is said to “encapsulate the nightmare of the nuclear age.” Fun! Blue Rodeo, February 8 (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts) It’s always a great day when these legendary country rockers come to… / Read More →

15 shows to see at the 15th POP Montréal

The POP Montréal music festival goes back to 2002, when its shows numbered rather less than the hundreds they do now. The 15th year of the festival, September 21 to 25, brings so much incredible music, film, art and more to venues across the city that it can seem daunting to the uninitiated. Yet as our Survival Guide to POP lays out, where there’s a will, there’s a way – on top of that, we’ve picked 15 shows to jumpstart your POP journey. John Cale: Welsh musician and Velvet Underground founding member, John Cale has had a long and fascinating solo career spanning rock to avant-garde noise and collaborated with everyone from the Stooges to Animal Collective – let’s hope he plays his cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at POP, though whatever he plays is sure to captivate. He’ll also take part in the POP Symposium segment of the festival, where he might just answer your burning questions. Wally Badarou: A long-time synthesizer player with such bands as Level 42 and on albums for Grace Jones, Talking Heads, Jimmy Cliff and a slew of artists, French musician Wally Badarou also seriously brings the funk in his solo work. A pioneer when it… / Read More →

Autumn will make you fall in love with music in Montréal

Autumn is always a fertile time for music in Montréal ­ international calibre creators like The Kills, Adele, Maroon 5, Charles Aznavour, Simple Plan and more ­ and this year is proving no exception. Let the following be your guide to getting and giving some live music love in the cooling coming months. Heralding the arrival of the fall, fans of punk’n’roll have their work cut out for them on September 21. Naples, Florida nu-skool punks Against Me! will be playing tunes off their just-released seventh album, Shape Shift with Me, at Club Soda, while achingly cool post-punk indie rockers The Kills will be slinging songs off their fifth and latest, Ash & Ice, at Metropolis as part of the many-spectacled Pop Montreal (Sept. 21-25). And for the old school punks among us? Pioneering canuck skate-punk band SNFU will raze the stage at Petit Campus. It’s the 15-year anniversary of the release of Maroon 5‘s landmark Songs About Jane debut album, and as the L.A.-based pop phenomenon embarks on their only North American tour of 2016, they’re promising “to make a more traditional record next… like the way we made Songs About Jane.” Expect to hear some of the fruits… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: December 6-12

The city lights up indoors and out this week with a sparkling public art exhibition along with giant Christmas trees, illuminated skating rinks, sports competitions and films, and delightful dance, theatre, and live music…