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MONTREAL GETS CLASSICAL IN MAY

The month of May in Montreal is all about classical music. Before the sounds of the Jazz Fest fill the city’s streets, parks and concert halls, it seems only fitting that we begin with the music that came first…

BARENAKED LADIES ON MONTREAL, ITS WOMEN, BAGELS…

Over the course of a 20 year career, the Barenaked Ladies have become one of Canada’s most beloved bands. When they touched down in Montreal before their April 30th, Metropolis show, I sat down with Jim Creegan and Tyler Stewart to talk about bagels, shopping, women and Mount Royal’s medieval fighters. We also got briefly serious and emotional, but it didn’t last long…

TIMBER TIMBRE LOVES MONTREAL

Timber Timbre’s violinist, Mika Posen, is the one member of the group still based in Toronto. But, by the sound of it, she might be convinced to move to lovely Montreal…

LADY GAGA VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS

This take on Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance is absolutely awesome! It was created by the peeps over at Virgin Radio in honour of the Montreal Canadiens (and our stellar goalie, Jaroslav Halak) who are heading into Game 7 this evening against the Capitals of Washington. There is simply no place like Montreal when it comes to hockey playoffs. GO HABS GO!

MONTREAL’S MUTEK: MATMOS, MOUSE ON MARS AND MORE!

In a city overflowing with festivals of all sorts, the fact that Montreal’s Mutek is now in its 11th year says something important about the electronic music and digital culture meet-up. That their overall attendance was up by 70% last year speaks to the same point. Let’s look at why that might be…

GETTING BUSY ON MONTRÉAL’S BLEURY STREET

With better known Montréal destinations like St-Laurent and St-Denis, rue de Bleury ( locals drop the rue de, when they talk of the street), might seem like an odd place to start a series of street profiles. But for those in the know, Bleury is a perfect little stretch of Montréal nightlife…

PLANTS AND ANIMALS AND POUTINE

Montréal group Plants and Animals have strong feelings about poutine and they’re not afraid to go on the record with them. “I’ve tried some of the crazy ones they have at Banquise,” says guitarist and lead vocalist Warren Spicer. “But honestly, it’s too much.” “They should institute something like the Bavarian Purity Law they have for beer,” chimes in drummer Matthew Woodley. “Fries, curds, gravy, that’s it. Tightly regulated. Free-range, sustainable curds only!”

LILITH FAIR RETURNS TO MONTRÉAL

In the late 1990s, Lilith Fair was one of the most successful touring festivals out there. For three summers it hosted some of the best female musicians in the world and the vast crowds of people that loved them. Then it disappeared. But, on July 23rd at Parc Jean-Drapeau, the women of Lilith Fair return to Montreal…

MONTRÉAL’S BEST PODCASTS

When podcasts were first introduced, they were usually about the things that most interested the internet-savvy people that first made them. But, as the rest of us caught on, the subject matter grew to include almost everything. So now that it’s 2010, when it comes to Montreal’s best podcasts, there’ a little something for everyone…

OSHEAGA 2010

Now in its fifth year, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has firmly planted its flag in the Montreal summer concert calendar. No doubt many people will say that this year’s edition, taking place July 31st-August 1st, is “the best one yet”. But that’s actually true this year and I’ll tell you why…