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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.

POP MONTREAL – 10 SHOWS YOU HAVE TO SEE

Pop Montreal takes over the city from September 29-October 3. For the 9th year in a row, Montreal gets all a-flutter with little pockets of big music tucked into all manner of venues. We’ll have more coverage coming up, but for now, let’s just get into some music you should consider seeing…

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.