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Jay-Z Montreal Concert

Jay-Z plays Montreal on October 30th at the Bell Centre and, by all accounts, half the city is going to be there and the other half is trying to find tickets. Not only is he one of the greatest rappers of all time, but he’s turned himself into one of the biggest, most important figures in the entire music industry. Jay-Z is coming to Montreal to run this town for the night…

Distroboto: Montreal Art and Music

Tina Fey once called Montreal “New York with more cigarettes” and, for a while, a trip to most restaurants and bars revealed the city to be deserving of that tag. But, like any sensible place, Montreal has largely butted out of the smoking in public. But one enterprising organization has figured out how to create something new from the old and, in the process, given you a chance to take home a part of the cities’ vibrant art and music scene…

Really Gay Shows in Montreal (Fall 2009)

Going to see a spectacle (concert) in a different city can be nothing short of awesome. You get to see new venues, dance with strangers and listen to a live soundtrack to falling in love… à la Montréal. Here are 7 Montreal concerts happening this fall to write home about…

M for Montreal Wants You!

M FOR MONTREAL is a dream come true. It’s an organization that celebrates Montreal music and encourages international music professionals and journalists to come and experience the local scene. Since its inception, M for Montreal has built an impressive network of music fans from the four courners of the world – from SXSW and Coachella organizers to France’s Les Inrockuptibles and United Kingdom’s The Guardian.

Top 10 Things to do in Fall in Montreal

Summer is coming to an end. Children are back to school and you’ve come to terms with saying farewell to your favourite pair of sandals. But rest assured, there are still a bunch of festivals, activities and amazing things to do in Montreal!

Opera de Montreal Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Many people still think opera is an inaccessible type of art, maybe a little too difficult to understand or truly engage with.  I don’t agree. Read more to find out why I think opera might actually be the best form of total art – and why you shouldn’t miss this season’s new program.

How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal

Last weekend, journalist extraordinaire Darrell Hartman and I walked through the streets of Montreal, chasing art galleries, museums and shops, having drinks and enjoying summertime in public parks. As his host, I wanted to show him what Montreal is really about. Read the full story to find out more.

FrancoFolies: Another Side of French Music

Living in Montreal, you quickly come to realize that the term “French music” covers far too broad a base to be one single category. In fact, it’s only as specific as “British rock” or “American folk music.” Read more to find out why French music isn’t just about Celine Dion anymore.

Top 5 Montreal Festivals you may not know

If you haven’t noticed yet from this blog’s coverage of Mutek, Osheaga, Jazz Fest and Just for Laughs, Montreal is a city obsessed with its festivals. The reason is simple: for many cold months, Montrealers are stuck in their apartments drinking red wine and waiting out the winter, so when summer hits, no one is ready to go home until at least October… Though Montreal boasts some huge, big-ticket festivals like those mentioned above, it also boasts some smaller, yet no less big-time fests. From French music to beautiful lanterns, there’s something happening every night from now until it’s time to put the snow tires back on. Here are the Top 5 Montreal Festivals you may not have heard of: