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OSHEAGA 2011: A PHOTO ESSAY BY SUSAN MOSS

The 2011 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival drew record numbers of people to Parc Jean Drapeau to see everyone from Eminem to The Flamings Lips. But while the musicians that play a festival grab most of the headlines, it’s the fans that make it amazing. We got the wonderful Montreal photographer Susan Moss to capture it all…

OSHEAGA 2011: VIDEO

Osheaga 2011 is in the books and we’ve got the video to prove that it was another success year. The Montreal Buzz Bloggers talked about the expanded Osheaga Arts program, interviewed Cypress Hill and Death Cab for Cutie and filled you in on the Montreal Bands you needed to see. Even though it’s a year away, we’re already looking forward to Osheaga 2012.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE AT OSHEAGA

I sat down with Chris Walla and Jason McGerr of Death Cab For Cutie before their set at Osheaga in support of their new album, Codes and Keys. During our talk, I learned that they had an unabashed love for Montreal’s Jazz Fest and fellow Osheaga headliner, Elvis Costello. And if that Chris Walla isn’t careful, he’ll earn himself the reputation of being the nicest guy in rock and roll…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 28-AUGUST 4)

Here we are at the end of July – only one more month of summer, but what a glorious month it is. July finishes strong with three final days of great comedy at Just For Laughs and Zoofest, along with the long-awaited outdoor music festival Osheaga in Jean-Drapeau Park and The Montreal Electronic Groove Festival in town. August rides that happy wave with The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival, the Festival of Fashion and Design, and plenty of music and arty happenings in the parks and in venues around town…

5 MONTREAL BANDS (AND 1 DJ) YOU SHOULD SEE AT OSHEAGA

It’s no secret that the best bands in Canada are from Montreal, or at least they moved to Montreal and then became the best. Festivals like Osheaga build the momentum of the music scene by offering lesser-known bands exposure and a platform to play for a larger audience than a loft or club allows. Here, then, are some Montreal bands and a DJ/Producer playing Osheaga that you shouldn’t miss…

CYPRESS HILL TALKS ABOUT MONTREAL, OSHEAGA, AND THE MUSIC BUSINESS

The seminal hip hop group Cypress Hill is gracing the stage at Osheaga this summer on July 31 at, ahem, 4:20. I got the chance to chat with Sen Dog of Cypress Hill about Montreal, Osheaga, the first record he ever bought and how he thinks the music industry has changed since their first album in 1991…

OSHEAGA 2011

You know that old saying “you can’t please everyone all the time”? Well, the people at Osheaga, July 29-31, beg to differ. The three day festival in Montreal’s verdant Parc Jean Drapeau features so many bands and musicians that now it seems like you can indeed please everybody all the time…

CONCERTS IN MONTREAL: JULY

July fixes any music fest letdowns by playing host to Heavy MTL and Osheaga, but it also boasts some of the biggest concerts of the year: U2, Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Taylor Swift and more…

OSHEAGA ARTS: KID KOALA AT THE BIOSPHERE

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a place where nature and culture meet in wild abandon and the music never stops, the massive outdoor music and arts festival Osheaga has you covered. On top of that, Osheaga amps up its oft-overshadowed Arts component during the month of July by inviting Montreal favourite Kid Koala to install his immersive audio-visual creation, Space Cadet, in the Biosphere. Has there ever been a better pairing of artist and venue?

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JUNE

June. As if there isn’t a better month in Montreal for free stuff? Seriously, June is where it’s at for no-money good times – namely because this is when festival season kicks into high gear with all kinds of free outdoor music shows at the Jazz Fest, FrancoFolies and the Fringe Festival, world-class fireworks displays every week, and an all-day party celebrating Quebec culture…