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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…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 21-28)

Whenever I travel to another city, I try to stay for at least a full week if I can. It’s nice to get this daily perspective and take the time to see what city life is really like. Of course, in Montreal, Tuesday has been the new Friday for about two years and a work night means going to sleep at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. And that’s why I’m covering the whole week in this column now! Give in to the Montreal heat wave at one of many festivals – music, comedy, circus and more awaits all week long!

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…

PUBLIC ART IN MONTREAL

Montreal is world-renowned for our culture, architecture and nightlife full of vim and vigor. However, it’s the finer, smaller details that really bring the city to life. Check out some of the incredible Public Art installations in and around Montreal!

FAMILY FUN AT PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU

You’ve only got one week left to get your family out to La fête des Neiges, but Parc Jean-Drapeau is a great Montreal destination for you and yours all year long…

COOL DOWN IN MONTREAL’S BEST POOLS, FOUNTAINS

July’s Wet Dreams from Philtre Films on Vimeo. For a full week I’ve been going off the deep end – and I mean that literally. It’s been so hot in Montreal I’m going crazy with one thought, and one thought only: Pools. Since weather reports predict more sizzle than drizzle in the coming weeks, here are some of Montreal’s coolest pools and best fountains for frolicking!

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…