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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.

VOICES OF HOPE: MUSIC FOR A CAUSE

Voices of Hope is a World AIDS Day Benefit Concert to raise funds for La Maison du Parc, will be held on December 4th at 7:00 p.m. at The Chruch of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. Kent Nagano will be conducting L’association des musiciens de l’OSM with the Choir from the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul.

DECEMBER CONCERTS ROUNDUP

There is apparently some big holiday at the end of December that, every year, seems to take a bite out of our concert schedule. Though Christmas, as I believed it’s called, does bring with it all sorts of recitals and choirs, what about those of us that just want to rock out with our stockings out? Read on…

AN INTERVIEW WITH M FOR MONTREAL’S MIKEY BERNARD

M for Montreal is now in its fifth year of bringing journalists and music industry insiders from around the world to Montreal in order to expose them to the silly amounts of great music this city has to offer. While it has become an international launching pad for many local (and close to local) acts, the benefit for the rest of us is simple: from November 17-20 we get to see some great shows… When trying to figure out how best to explain this event to you, we figured we might as well just go straight to the source. So we touched base with “M for Mikey” Rishwain Bernard, the fest’s program director and man-about-several towns who seems to attend almost every great party happening anywhere in North America…

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.

OCTOBER CONCERT ROUNDUP

Since we’re already more than a week into October, let’s get right into what this month’s concert schedule has in store for you. With shows from Joan Baez, Massive Attack, Phoenix, Ryuichi Sakamoto and so much more, October is as musically stacked a month as Montreal has had in a while…

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.

POP MONTREAL: NOT JUST MUSIC

Pop Montreal is primarily a festival devoted to music. But in the nine years they’ve been around, their mandate has expanded to include some of the other areas whose paths intersect with that of the musical arts.

FRIDAY NOCTURNES: THE MARVELOUS MARRIAGE OF MUSIC AND MUSEUM

Music and art go together like… well… John and Yoko. Where the cadence of a chord progression ends, the visual stimulus of a painting begins. On the first Friday of each month the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum hosts an event called Friday Nocturnes. They invite a trendy band or musician to perform, while giving visitors the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.