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Music, Food and Dancing in the Streets at OUMF Festival

September may mean back to school but it doesn’t mean summer festival season is over yet in Montréal: The OUMF festival of live music (this year starring Grandmaster Flash!), breakdancing, art and performance throws a free, three-day street party for students and everyone else who knows that sunshine and warm nights don’t end in August. With two stages and more music and activities than ever, the 5th edition of the OUMF Festival takes over St-Denis Street in the Latin Quarter from September 10 to 12, turning the street into a pedestrian-only zone between Sherbrooke and Sainte-Catherine in the Quartier des Spectacles. Along with live music, expect to see acrobatic circus antics presented by MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, performers on roller blades in show Roulettes et Violoncelles (Roller Skates and Cellos) and the pavement transformed into a canvas for street artists of all ages. On stage, more than 20 bands play programmed by the M FOR MONTREAL festival (held annually in November) make every night one to remember. Hear hip hop legend and one of the original scratch DJs Grandmaster Flash, party-starting local hip hop experimenters Dead Obies, jazz influenced hip hop remixers BadBadNotGood (who play tunes from their latest album collab… / Read More →


There was a time in my life where I spent a lot of time on that particular stretch of Saint-Denis between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal. I’d linger on the terasse of a café, browse the shelves of the many used CD and bookstores and grab a bite at one of the many restaurants on that street….