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MUST-SEE BANDS AT POP MONTREAL 2011

This year Pop Montreal is ten years old. To celebrate this landmark, the people at Pop have created a lineup that reflects maturity, grace and, of course, one serious party. There are over 300 bands to see in only 5 days. This is an impossible amount of shows, but that’s the point. You’re supposed to be feverishly running around town in a delirious Pop Montreal frenzy. It’s okay though, you have all winter to recover.

THE LION KING MUSICAL ROARS INTO MONTREAL

The Lion King is an award-winning musical, one of the longest-running of all time. It has traversed the globe and finally the dazzling production has made a stop at Place Des Arts in Montreal from August 9 to September 4. Long live the king!

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 11-18)

Every time I think Montreal is about to take a break from all the fun it keeps having, it pumps up the volume – this week, that means Montreal’s loud-and-proud Pride celebrations, an above-ground graffiti and skateboarding fest, five days of francophone-style blues and a weekend-long children’s festival. Plus the usual music, comedy, theatre (like The Lion King!) and general fun (always free!) in the sun…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 4-11)

After all the weeks of festivals upon festivals – jazz, comedy, world-beat, circus – August brings a slight reprieve. Oh, there are still hundreds of things to do this week in Montreal, but the pace of activity is more suited to August vacation time: relaxing in the park to film and music, taking in a play and some art, watching hot bodies on the volleyball court or on the catwalk, you know, the usual Montreal fare…

FESTIBLUES: CELEBRATE THE BLUES IN MONTREAL

The Festiblues festival is returning, August 10-14, with yet another spectacular line-up. The 5-day festival features musicians from Quebec and around the world at Montreal’s Ahuntsic Park and surrounding area. In traditional Montreal style, the Ahuntsic Park is being turned into a blues playground for all the blues that’s fit to print…

HAVING A BAL AT DIVERS/CITE 2011

The DJs spun, the Drag Queens lip-synced, the performers sang and the partiers danced. And we all had a great time doing it. Divers/Cité has come to an extravagant close and, once again, it was a highlight of the entire Montreal festival circuit. Check out some of the greatest moments from Divers/Cité 2011…

OSHEAGA 2011: VIDEO

Osheaga 2011 is in the books and we’ve got the video to prove that it was another success year. The Montreal Buzz Bloggers talked about the expanded Osheaga Arts program, interviewed Cypress Hill and Death Cab for Cutie and filled you in on the Montreal Bands you needed to see. Even though it’s a year away, we’re already looking forward to Osheaga 2012.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE AT OSHEAGA

I sat down with Chris Walla and Jason McGerr of Death Cab For Cutie before their set at Osheaga in support of their new album, Codes and Keys. During our talk, I learned that they had an unabashed love for Montreal’s Jazz Fest and fellow Osheaga headliner, Elvis Costello. And if that Chris Walla isn’t careful, he’ll earn himself the reputation of being the nicest guy in rock and roll…

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…

CYPRESS HILL TALKS ABOUT MONTREAL, OSHEAGA, AND THE MUSIC BUSINESS

The seminal hip hop group Cypress Hill is gracing the stage at Osheaga this summer on July 31 at, ahem, 4:20. I got the chance to chat with Sen Dog of Cypress Hill about Montreal, Osheaga, the first record he ever bought and how he thinks the music industry has changed since their first album in 1991…