Bonne Saint-Jean à tous et à toutes! That’s right, it’s that magic week of early summer celebrations where half the province starts packing for their moves and the other half goes out and parties.
If you want advice on moving you’ve come to the wrong place. Here are some suggestions for the half that’s looking to get out of the house and live it up a little.
The Feedbackers + The Holds + Juliana & Jesse
For those who started their St-Jean off last night hopefully you’ve saved a bit of energy for the rest of the weekend because the next couple of days are packed with great shows. One such example is at Sala Rosa tonight where three local acts will be taking to the stage for a very fun, eclectic (and reasonably priced) evening of music.
The event is hosted and headlined by The Feedbackers so expect a hot sweaty evening of rock and roll perfect for the third day of summer. Adding to the mix will be blues based rock ban The Holds (who have already been reviewed by FTB) and acoustic duo Juliana & Jesse who are set to release a new single on Canada Day.
The Feedbackers, The Holds and Juliana & Jesse play Sala Rosa, 4848 St. Laurent, Friday, June 24th, 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm), tickets $10 ($12 at the door).
Paddle to the Sea + The Magic Hats + Ill Minds + Allison Allison Allison
For those looking for the most cost efficient show of the weekend you should head over to Crobar on Saturday night where you get to see Paddle to the Sea, The Magic Hats, Ill Minds and Allison Allison Allison for the all inclusive price of five dollars! This show has the side benefit that Crobar has one of the nicest rooftop terasses in the downtown area, so in between acts you can go cool off with a nice pint outside on a warm summer night.
Usually I anoint one band the ‘coolest band of the week’, well this time around I’m just going to call this whole evening the ‘coolest show of the week’ which might be quite literally the case if it’s a bit breezy on Saturday night.
Paddle to the Sea, The Magic Hats, Ill Minds and Allison Allison Allison play Crobar, 1221 Crescent, Saturday, June 25th, 8:00pm (Doors 7:00pm), tickets $5 (at the door only).
Steve Gunn & The Outliners + Promised Land Sound + Nathan Bowles
What better way to end your St-Jean weekend then to head on over to La Vitrola on Sunday where you can check out Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Steve Gunn who is on tour right now with Promised Land Sound and Nathan Bowles. This well rounded show should be the perfect vibe for a lazy Sunday night.
Steve Gunn & The Outliners, Promised Land Sound and Nathan Bowles play La Vitrola, 4602 St. Laurent, Sunday, June 26th, 9:00pm (Doors 8:30pm), tickets $12 ($15 at the door) available through lfttckt.
Notre Dame De Grass
Well it’s that time of year again kids, Jazzfest is starting! While the bulk of the previews will be in the upcoming weeks, the first performances start next Wednesday making the opening day of the festival fall within this week’s preview.
It will be interesting to see if we ever get to previewing any actual jazz music and for this week at least the answer is no. This week’s suggestion for the best way to start off your Jazzfesting is with local bluegrass band Notre Dame de Grass.
Aside from their amazing (and highly accurate) band name, these guys can really play and so for anyone who missed them at this year’s Folk Fest, well here’s your second chance!
Notre Dame De Grass play Jazzfest, Place Heineken (Sainte-Catherine / Bleury), Wednesday, June 29th, 5:00pm and 7:00pm, free.
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* Featured image of The Feedbackers via Facebook