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SEPTEMBER CONCERT ROUNDUP

The big deal in Montreal music this month is the always-incredible Pop Montreal. But since it doesn’t kick off until September 29, what are you and your ears to do until then? As always, the Montreal Buzz has you covered with a preview of some of the must-see shows this September. Peelander-Z , September 4 @ Il Motore: Let’s start off the wonderfully bizarre and awesome Peelander-Z, a “Japanese Action Comic Punk band” who rock as cool a kid’s show as you’ll find anywhere. I mean, did Raffi ever play SXSW?

AN INTERVIEW WITH SCISSOR SISTERS!

As they make their way across the land to spread the joy of their latest album (Night Work),  Scissor Sisters made a necessary stop in Montreal. I caught up with Jake and Del to chat about Night Work, who wears the pants in the band and why Canada is cool.

MONTREAL HAS THE BLUES

As you may well have noticed, most of Montreal’s festivals take place in and around the Quartier Des Spectacles. Therefore, when a fest like Festiblues (August 11th-15th) sets up shop outside of the downtown core, the story about it is almost as much about the area it’s being held as it is about what its got going on. The FestiBlues International de Montreal is entering its 13th year, a feat that’s entirely impressive on its own in this fest-crazy city.

MONTREAL AUGUST CONCERT ROUNDUP

Given how incredibly hard Osheaga rocked, I’d understand if you thought that music in Montreal might take a break during August. But you’d be wrong, because Montreal doesn’t stop when it comes to music. Here, then, are some shows that you shouldn’t miss…

CHARLIE WINSTON LOVES MONTREAL

The Montreal Buzz recently caught up with British beau, singer and songwriter, Mr. Charlie Winston during Montreal’s popular Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. Now we really wouldn’t want to start any rumors as gossiping is a terrible terrible thing, but there is  reason to believe you might spot the bohemian poetaster roaming in Montreal sooner than you think… see for yourself!

YOAV ON MONTREAL, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LIVING LIFE GYPSY STYLE

Yoav is a one-man, music phenomenon. His music is based primarily on his own vocals, his guitar and his trusted foot-pedal mixer (that he affectionately calls “The Beast” – photo below). After touring the world for the past couple of years, his diligence is paying off with a #1 iTunes album and an ever-increasing fan base.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 30 TO AUGUST 1)

Another busy weekend in Montreal! With two major festivals (Osheaga and Divers/Cité) taking place, the city will be buzzing with rock stars and drag queens. It’s the sort of weekend that dreams are made of! We’ve got 10 suggestions to rock it out “à la Montréal” this weekend… —————————————————————————————————————— [music festival] OSHEAGA – Arguably the biggest music event of the year in Montreal, Osheaga is an outdoor, 2-day festival that features the coolest names in music today: Arcade Fire, Weezer, K’naan, The National, Robyn, Snoop Dogg and many more. [lgbt festival] DIVERS/CITÉ – After nearly 20 years of celebrating the best of gay culture, music and art, Divers/Cité has another stellar line up of performers set to seduce the city. Don’t miss ‘Mascara’ – one of the biggest drag events in the world!

REGGAE FESTIVAL: MONTREAL IS JAMMIN

Get ready for some of that easy skanking and roots reggae! The Quays of the Montreal Old Port are transforming themselves into a major “Reggae Village” of peace and love for the 7th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Festival. For the occasion, a slate of renowned artists, including original Wailers member, Bunny Wailer, are in town and carrying on the legacy of Caribbean music. Here’s wha gwanin’ as of August 6.

HEAVY METAL MONTREAL: BIG NAMES, BIG SOUND

It might seem a bit incongruous to see a post about a heavy metal festival on the Montreal Buzz blog. But in 2008, Heavy Metal MTL attracted some 36,000 head-banging tourists and hard-rocking locals. After a break in 2009, the 2-day fest returns with a vengeance this weekend to prove that Montreal is a city that loves it some metal…

ORCHESTRA IN THE PARKS

If you’re anything like me, when the summer months hit you’ll do anything you can to be outside. Never am I as aware of this problem as when I’m forced to leave a beautiful summer night to go inside to see a show. Bit of a summer night buzzkill. But for 3 nights next week, you can catch the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, FOR FREE, in the park of your choosing…