Well December is upon us and you know what that means… you guessed it, metal bands raising money for Christmas charities! We’ve also got some great local and Canadian artists coming to town and for those who are into creating music, there’s a really awesome workshop taking place on Friday you should know about.

Let’s get started shall we…

MTLHC Christmas Benefit Party

Friday night,  bands from Montreal’s punk and metal communities will be coming together with Northern Sound Records to put on a show where the “profits will go into buying toys for the kids.” Bands on the bill include Harriers, Nuke, Gazm, Boundaries, Kennedy and Front Commun.

They’re also accepting canned goods at the event, if you bring a can then the cover charge is ten instead of fifteen bucks. Either way your contributions to this event will be going to a good cause. Also let’s not forget there’s six bands starting early and ending late who will be ready to give you a kick ass show!

MTLHC Christmas Benefit Party plays La Vitrola 4602 Boulevard St-Laurent, Friday, December 2nd, 7:30pm (Doors at 7:00), $15, (or $10 with a canned good).

Abigail Lapell + Dana Sipos

There’s no excuse if you miss Toronto based singer/songwriter Abigail Lapell who is in town this week for back to back shows, Thursday at Bad Lunch and Friday at Le Cagibi (where she will be joined by another great Canadian folk artist Dana Sipos). So take your pick for which night works best and come on down!

Rooted in traditional folk music,  Abigail’s sound still speaks to the modern world with a new an unique spin on the genre while still respecting the music’s roots. Early in 2017, Abigail will be coming out with a new ten song album entitled Hide Nor Hare so these shows will feature some fresh tracks that should get you excited for this upcoming release.

 Abigail Lapell and Dana Sipos play Le Cagibi, 5490 Boulevard St-Laurent, Friday, December 2nd, 8:00pm.

 

Chronolith + Wolk  + Ricardo the Fabulous

Everyone’s favourite dive Barfly will putting on an evening of metal music promoted by Grimey MTL this Saturday featuring Chronolith, Wolk and Ricardo the Fabulous. With the cover charge for this show being only five bucks and with Barfly’s well known “lowest prices on the Main” drink menu, this is certainly the most student friendly event of the weekend.

(I’d just like to put a disclaimer, Barfly doesn’t actually go around saying they have the lowest prices. Like don’t go in asking for a price match policy with some special you found at Bifteck just because someone on the internet said they had the lowest prices).

 Chronolith, Wolk and Ricardo the Fabulous play Barfly 4062a Boulevard St-Laurent, Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:30), $5, at the door only.

 

RAC Workshop with Steve Baughman + Mauricio Iragorri

The last “show” this week isn’t for music fans but instead a great opportunity for people creating music to meet and learn from two of the best mixing and mastering experts in the field today. Recording Arts Canada will be hosting an event here in Montreal on Friday where you can meet Steve Baughman and Mauricio Iragorri and learn their tricks of the trade.

In order to attend you need to sign up and we’ve been warned that space is very limited so you might want to get on it right away! There’s also a session on Saturday in Toronto for those living in or travelling to that area.

* Featured image of Chronolith via Facebook

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Back in the 60s, North America was beginning to experience new and revolutionary kinds of music. From the Beatles to the Animals, to the Who, the British music scene made its way to the continent with fervor and vigor. This mass musical migration was dubbed the British Invasion. There now seems to be a new country slowly invading the indie music scene in our continent, the small 320 000 person nation of Iceland.

Though this country might have about 63 and a half million fewer people than the UK, do not let its small stature deceive you, for what it lacks in population it makes up in musical talent!

For a while, the only artist that most people knew coming out of Iceland was probably Bjork (and maybe Sigur Ross). Her unique and celestial voice earned her a lot of fame in North America and she was named one of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time by the Rolling Stone.

In 2011, with the release of their first album My Head is an Animal however, Of Monsters and Men began to change the singular image of the Icelandic music scene into one that was based around indie folk rock with hits like Mountain Sound and Little Talks.

Now, following Of Monsters and Men, new artists have hit the indie scene with unique and passionate tracks that have begun to make headway into North America.

One such artist worth noting is Junius Meyvant. His soothing sounds and soulful voice is reminiscent of some sort of modern Motown. It’s a funky brand of indie folk with mellow head-bopping melodies.

The sounds of his newest album Floating Harmonies are both simple and complex and are full of rich instrumentals and tight rhythms in each track. Below are two of the songs I’ve selected from the album.

Hailslide from Meyvant’s new album

Neon Experience 

Another artist from Iceland who has gained more acclaim than most these days is Ásgeir, based in Reykjavik. Only 24, Ásgeir has already gained global acclaim, having had hits on worldwide charts. His melodic folk pop, is similar to Meyvant’s but is more sombre.

Instead of choosing one of Ásgeir’s originial songs, I have selected a cover of a Nirvana song to showcase his versatility. This version is chilling and powerful and might even shake Cobain himself.

Cover of Heart-Shaped Box originally by Nirvana

A few months ago, a friend of mine went to Iceland and picked up a record on vinyl for me,  Lay Low‘s Talking About the Weather. Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, known by her stage name Lay Low has actually been around since 2006.

Although I have been trying to avoid the comparison, her voice is reminiscent of Bjork, the pitch and tone specifically. The music from this album is calming, something you’d listen to while it’s raining outside but it can also be sombre and serious and exudes several complex emotions.

One of Those Nights from Talking About the Weather  

The beauty of these Icelandic artists and their music scene is that it’s mostly experimental and they aren’t afraid to do things their own way. This has been true since Bjork and this is what makes it so interesting and exciting. Reykjavik is a hotbed of great indie music and will be for years to come.

* Featured image of Lay Low via grapevine.is

This week we’ve got an assortment of great local shows with very affordable ticket prices covering a wide variety of music genres, so whoever you are we’ve got a little something for you. Let’s not waste any time, here are some show ideas for your to think about when planning your weekend.

Static Gold + Kayko

On Thursday night Quai des Brumes will be fired up as two great electro funk bands, Montreal’s own Static Gold and Toronto’s Kayko will be hitting the stage ready to blow the roof off. Seriously kids, this is the show where you need to make sure to bring your dancing shoes because there will be no wallflowers and no exceptions made for those who want to sit down.

Both these acts have recently released singles that drip with 70’s nostalgia while still feeling fresh and making you want to hear more tracks, something they’ll most certainly give you on Thursday. We couldn’t decide which one you should listen to, so here’s both!

 Static Gold and Kayko play Quai des Brumes, 4481 rue St-Denis, Thursday, November 17th, 8:00pm.

Lakes of Canada + Motel Raphaël + Krief 

On Saturday night, Indie Montreal will be hosting an evening featuring three great local acts headlined by Lakes of Canada, a band that seems to grow their sound with every successive step they take. Recently they released a live acoustic album (always a gutsy move) Transgressions Acoustic which has given their sound a whole new texture and feel.

Joining them will be indie folk pop trio (and unofficial winners of the award for best local band name ever) Motel Raphaël as well as singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Patrick Krief. I know it’s hard for some of you plat-rats to be on time but do try for this one, the lineup is not to be missed from top to bottom.

Lakes of Canada, Motel Raphaël and Krief play La Sala Rossa 4848 Boulevard St-Laurent, Saturday, November 19th, 8:30pm (Doors at 8), $10 in advance through indiemontreal, $12 at the door.

Sunrise & Good People + Paint + Arms of the Girl + Citylake

Another great show taking place on Saturday night is at Piranha Bar where an evening of indie music, headlined by local act Sunrise & Good People, is taking place. Known for creating fun catchy songs that also speak to the bigger picture issues around the world these guys capture the deeper and more spiritual meaning behind their art.

Joining them is an all Canadian lineup of equally as accomplished performers including PaintArms of the Girl and Citylake. This show is probably the most diverse concert of the week, perfect for groups where not everyone has the same tastes. There’s even a discount if you buy two tickets at the same time!

Sunrise & Good People, Paint, Arms of the Girl and Citylake play Piranha Bar 680 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Saturday, November 19th, 8:30pm, $7 (or 2 for $10).

 

Riot Porn + Full MT + The Shakewell Brothers + Blame Mary

This show is a combination of some of the best things in the world: punk rock, Barfly and free concerts. It’s amazing how well those words just go together. This event, featuring the local punk bands Riot Porn, Full MT, The Shakewell Brothers and Blame Mary is being labelled as Radical Live and is a great way to blow off steam for those who are feeling a little disenchanted by recent events.

Considering the non-existent cover charge and Barfly’s better-than-anywhere-else-on-the-Main’s drink prices this has to be the hands down best show of the week for those who are brok… urrrrr financially savvy.

Riot Porn, Full MT, The Shakewell Brothers and Blame Mary play Barfly, 4062A Boulevard St. Laurent, Friday, November 18th, 9:00pm, free.

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* Featured image of Lakes of Canada via Indie Montreal

With Chanda M’s debut album being released tomorrow, Indie Montreal and Forget The Box are proud to give you an exclusive early listen. We’d also like to offer you a chance to win free tickets to the album launch tomorrow, November 12th at La Vitrola (contest info below the music).

Chanda M’s ambient electronic aesthetic has been called one powerfully composed audio experience. Her bewitching vocal style has often been compared to Kate Bush St. Vincent and Bat for Lashes.

While Icons of Dreams EP is her debut, the sharp electronic and will make you feel like you’re traversing through auditory ether. It shows a beauty and composure that you’d normally hear from a seasoned performer, a certain maturity that you don’t normally expect from a debut.

Enjoy:

 

She’ll be launching the EP tomorrow night at La Vitrola. You can win a pair of tickets simply by subscribing to the Forget the Box email list (you also get the latest updates from your favorite Montreal News, Politics and Culture website). We’ll be sending details on how to win the tickets via email early tomorrow.

* Chanda M “Icons of Dreams” EP Launch Party, Saturday, November 12, 8pm, La Vitrola, 4602 St-Laurent

If you do miss her tomorrow night, be sure to catch her in Ottawa on at Live in Elgin on November 19th.

While most of the articles on FTB (well make that the internet as a whole) right now are very predictably about a certain you-know-who winning some sort of vote, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s alright to take a deep breath, realize that life goes on, get the hell off Facebook and go out to see some great music! We’ve got some very interesting and varied shows in our city this week so tell the roomie it’s your turn to wear the dancing pants this weekend cause you’ve got some shows to go to.

Lauren Mann + Ada Lea

On Sunday you can head over to Casa Del Popolo where Kick Drum is presenting an evening of music featuring singer/songwriter Lauren Mann whose recently released album Dearestly is an excellent mix of warm, whimsical, pop sensible tunes that can light up any room. Give a few tracks from the album a listen and you’ll be hooked instantly.

Joining her will be Montreal based singer and double bassist Ada Lea  whose voice might just be the soothing tones you need right now to get back to your happy place. But seriously folks, this is a great show with two wonderful performers that should be on your radar.

Lauren Mann and Ada Lea play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard St-Laurent, Sunday, November 13th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:30pm), $10 available through lfttckt.

Dragonette + Lowell

On Friday Toronto based electro pop band Dragonette are set to release their fourth full length album Royal Blues and as chance would have it they’re also playing Théâtre Fairmount that same night as part of a cross Canada tour in support of their new release. They’ve already put out a few singles but Friday will be the first chance the hear all the new tunes both live and in album form.

Joining them will be another Toronto based electro artist, singer/songwriter Lowell who released a new EP over the summer and has teamed up with Dragonette for this whole tour. If you’re unfamiliar with her then check out this track from a couple of years ago that has the added bonus of being one of those cool “one camera shot for the whole video” things.

 

Dragonette and Lowell play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc, Friday, November 11th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $20 available through box office.

 

CJLO Metal Showcase IV: Punk v Metal

While the “v” in between “Punk” and “Metal” in the title is supposed to denote competition I seriously doubt that there will be any American Idol style judging on this evening. Basically Catacombs is hosting a pay-what-you-can evening of music featuring four bands of the punk/metal variety perfect for those who like to mosh out their negative energy.

This bill has some great local acts that are not for the faint of heart: Vomit SquadDevoraGutser and Powered by Death. Because this is an event hosted by a radio station you get the added bonus that in between the performances CJLO will be doing what they do best, spinning tunes.


Vomit Squad, Devora, Gutser and Powered by Death play COOP Katacombes, 1635 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Friday, November 11th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), PWYC (Suggestion $5).

Night Riots + The Hunna + The Shelters

On Friday Sala Rosa will host a trio of up and coming alternative rock bands in the form of Night Riots The Hunna and The Shelters who have teamed up for a North American tour supported by AltNation. These bands might not yet be on your radar so give them a listen and if you like what you hear, well then I guess you’ve got your plans for Friday worked out!

Night Riots, The Hunna and The Shelters play Sala Rosa, 4848 Boulevard St-Laurent, Friday, November 11th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $20 available through box office.

* Featured image of Dragonette via promotionmusicnews.com

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Playing shows this week in Montreal, we have a singer and violinist from Utah, a Norwegian singer/songwriter/pianist, rockers from Brooklyn and a punk-fueled house party that is a Montreal/Hamilton/Cape Breton collaboration. Let’s get started…

Hannah Epperson + St. Lawrence Warehouse Company + Nova + Omhouse

On Thursday Casa Del Popolo will be hosting a jam packed night of music headlined by Hannah Epperson, a violinist and singer who blends traditional folk styles with contemporary sensibilities into a richly layered tapestry of sound. Her songs seem to build on top of themselves and grow as they progress giving the music a very organic flow and rhythm.

Having just released her debut album Upsweep in September, Hannah has taken to the road in support and to give her fans the treat of hearing these interesting tunes done in a live setting. Joining her will be a trio of performers, St. Lawrence Warehouse Company, Nova and Omhouse making this a full evening experience as well as very student friendly considering tickets are only about twelve bucks.

 

Hannah Epperson, St. Lawrence Warehouse Company, Nova and Omhouse play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard St-Laurent, Thursday, November 3rd, 8:45pm (Doors at 8:30pm), $11.85 available through indiemontreal.

 

Aurora + Dan Croll

For those who didn’t get enough this weekend, next Monday Norwegian singer/songwriter/pianist Aurora takes her fall tour of North America to Théâtre Corona with the support of Dan Croll. Her first full length album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend was released last March and has been picking up steam ever since.

Aside from the immediately interesting album title, what you get is a series of tracks that are one part indie-dance-pop and one part piano driven ballad showing the vast range of this young songwriters already impressive talent. With invites to festival circuits and late night talk shows starting to come Aurora’s way this might be a “remember when” moment where you got to see a big talent in a relatively small venue.

 

 Aurora and Dan Croll play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Monday, November 7th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm), $22 in advance through the box office or $27 at the door.

 

DIIV

On Saturday you can head over to Théâtre Fairmount where Brooklyn based rockers DIIV will be bringing their post-punk/shoegaze brand of indie rock out on full display. With soaring space rock inspired guitar melodies a driving rhythm section and catchy vocals these guys know how to craft some memorable tunes.

DIIV play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc , Saturday, November 5th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $20 available through the box office.

 

Heroin Hayride + Frankie & Jimmy 

It seems a little odd to preview a house party but if it’s got live music, good bands, beer, wine, food and it’s all at a reasonable price then why not! Saturday night local talents The Heroin Hayride will be teaming up with Hamilton’s own Frankie & Jimmy for evening of foot stomping blues and country that is the epitome of a DIY type of music show.

The organizers would like to point out that they have neighbours so the show will start promptly at 9pm and end by midnight. Those of you familiar with a “Montreal 9” (a.k.a the I’m so cool because I showed up late) might want to rethink your plan this time around.

 Heroin Hayride and Frankie & Jimmy play, 1462 Avenue Laurier East, Saturday, November 5th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), PWYC (suggestion $5).

* Featured image of Hannah Epperson via themostdefinitely.com

* Know a band or an artist that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe a show FTB should cover, too? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

Coming up this week, we’ve got free ticket giveaways to both the Royal Canoe show and Ky∆zMa album launch, we preview the best Halloween concert this weekend with Les Necrophiliacs and introduce little known indie sensation Teagan & Sara. Oh wait, they’re super famous now. Sorry I was just copy/pasting my preview of them from 1996.

Royal Canoe + The Belle Game (Ticket Giveaway)

(Note: FTB is giving away free tickets to this show. All you have to do is sign up to our mailing list by Friday at noon to receive instructions on how to participate)

In September, Winnipeg electro-pop-indie rockers Royal Canoe released their most recent album Something Got Lost Between Here and The Orbit and on Saturday they will taking to the La Vitrola stage, accompanied by The Belle Game, as part of a tour in support. They recently hit some seriously bad luck as their tour trailer was stolen right here in Montreal. Urrrrrg.

So for anyone heading down please show them the more positive side of the city and maybe buy them a beer or guitar pick or whatever it is they’re most in need of at the time. Normally I would encourage you to buy a t shirt or a vinyl but apparently those were stolen along with the gear. Seriously. Urrrrrg! (Also, they have started an Indiegogo campaign to stay on the road)

 

Royal Canoe and The Belle Game play La Vitrola, 4602 Boulevard St-Laurent, Saturday, October 29th, 9:30pm (Doors at 8:30pm), $17 in advance available through indiemontreal or $20 at the door.

 

Ky∆zMa Album Launch (Ticket Giveaway)

(Note: FTB is giving away free tickets to this album launch. All you have to do is sign up to our mailing list by Thursday at noon to receive instructions on how to participate)

On Thursday Montreal based electro-folk duo Ky∆zMa will be coming out with their highly anticipated debut album The Magician’s Mirror at Casa Del Popolo as part of an event that is one part album release party and one part “Halloween Troll Market Costume Party.” What that means exactly can be left to the imagination but they are promising “bondage, witches, magicians and monsters” and much more all under one roof so that should give you a good indication of how the night will go.

Tickets are only seven bucks and if you buy the album then entrance is free. This not only an evening to support great local music but a good option for anyone looking for a fun Halloween themed party at a reasonable price.

Ky∆zMa Album Release occurs at Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard St-Laurent, Thursday, October 27th, 8:00pm, $7 available through Ky∆zMa or at the door.

 

Kabaret with Les Necrophiliacs + Vomit Squad + Crimson Queens 

Another great option for those looking for a Halloween themed concert is taking place at Matahari Loft this Thursday where three local punk bands, Les Necrophiliacs, Vomit Squad and Crimson Queens will be providing the soundtrack to an event that also includes projections, body painting and plenty more surprises.

When picking a good Halloween party it’s always best to find one where the responsibility of cool costumes and general ghoulish ambiance doesn’t just fall to the organizers, the crowd should be pulling their own weight. When you go see a show headlined by a horror punk band like Les Necrophiliacs you can rest assured you’ve picked the best place to be if you’re looking for audience (and band) participation.

Les Necrophiliacs, Vomit Squad and Crimson Queens play Matahari Loft, 1673 Mount-Royal East, Thursday, October 27th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $10/PWYC (available at the door).

Tegan & Sara + Too Attached

The big show of the week will be taking place at Metropolis on Saturday night where Grammy nominated Canadian indie-pop darlings, and best identical twin duo since the Proclaimers, Tegan & Sara will be coming to town as part of their most recent North American tour in support of their album Love You to Death which was released in June.

It seems a little silly to give the bio of a group that everyone’s heard of so instead I’ll just say don’t miss your chance to see them. After running through this continent they’re heading over to Australia and then on to Europe so it might be a while till they get back here again.

 

Joining them will be another sibling duo in the form of Too Attached who after years of solo work have decided to come together and release the five song EP Bronze which is a mix of dance and pop with a heavy dose of traditional Indian music. I know it’s tempting to do the fashionably late thing at concerts but in this case make sure you get to the show on time since this is not an opening act to be missed.

 Tegan & Sara and Too Attached play Metropolis, 59 Rue Sainte-Catherine East, Saturday, October 29th, 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm), $39.15 to $51.45 available through box office.

* Featured image kyazma.ca

* Know a band or an artist that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe a show FTB should cover, too? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

Young Paris is a NYC-based rapper and rising voice in the world of fashion. Having recently singed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, we Montrealers are lucky enough to catch him in action this Saturday, October 22nd with No Kliche, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy.

Here is an interview I conducted with Young Paris, discussing his roots, inspiration, and connections to Montreal:

I’m curious about your relationship to music as a child, as you were growing up. Did you learn instruments or sing in groups? Or was music something you came to later on.

My parents were world renown performers so you could imagine music was always around us growing up. From as long as I could remember, I’ve been playing the djembe and dancing. Music to our family has always been second nature and till this day we still perform together.

You draw from so many different areas in your image, your music, and your live show. It’s clear you are inspired by vibrancy and individuality in all its uniqueness. Are there some non-musicians that really shape your aesthetic approach to your image, your music, and the creative process in general?

Yes, I’m inspired by the fashion and the art world as well. I went to college for Fine Arts and my mother was a play writer as well, so I try to translate those references in my art. Artists / Designers like Alexander McQueen, Basquiat, Nick Cave, and Yinka Shonibare, for example, are artists I’ve been super inspired by.

Congo has a much-celebrated history of dance music, some of which comes out in your music – but is there a Congolese rap tradition you feel connected to?

No, my rap history comes from growing up in NY!

What is your musical community like in NYC?

NY has a vibrant range of musicians. In my circle, I know some of the dopest underground and notable artists but I try to stay in my lane. There aren’t many artists creating my type of music and Afrobeats generally is just becoming very popular in the states.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how art can help bridge the gap between cultural traditions without getting sucked into the mainstream media machine of mass representation and stereotyping. You seem to be navigating it very well – but have there been some major challenges? Is Jay-Z someone who understands your vision?

Social media is a great way to see raw talent and I’m always excited for what the people I’m following are coming up with daily. I think the bridge has been created, but it’s important to respect certain symbols and traditions.

Sacred art, for example, is so accessible now I think it’s up to the curators to translate their inspiration with caution and take time to do their research before shining light on the beauty and talents of these artists. For me and my situation at Roc Nation, I have complete creative control and they are open minded to my ideas.

Any plans for a fashion line?

Potentially 😉 but i will be collaborating with brands as a creative director.

Have you been to Montreal before?

Yes i lived here for nearly 2 years.

Also! You can win a free ticket to see Young Paris this Saturday if you answer this question correctly:

Q: What is the name of his new mixtape?

Email your answer to contactdjazia@gmail.com, and see you at the show.

Young Paris plays Théâtre Fairmount, 5240, Avenue du Parc, Saturday, October 22nd, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm). If you don’t win tickets, they are $12 and available through the box office.

In this week’s preview we check out a number of interesting artists, the coolest pool party around and a whole bunch of album launches all the while using some rather dated cultural references. There was a lot to choose from this week and so here’s our top picks for a rather full week of music in Montreal.

Young Paris

Saturday night the Théâtre Fairmount will be hosting Young Paris whose music can be best described as hip hop that’s heavily influenced by both African music and EDM. With an artist who really doesn’t fit one specific mold it’s best to listen to some of his tracks to truly understand his style.

This Brooklyn based rapper, who was born in Paris to Congolese parents, is the embodiment of the modern cosmopolitan artist who wears many hats and combines multiple cultural influences in his creations. If you want to know more about him then stay tuned to FTB dial (editors’s note: No one is going to get that saying old man) because we have an exclusive interview with Young Paris set to hit our airwaves real soon! (editor’s note: Seriously airwaves, what world do you live in) 

Young Paris plays Théâtre Fairmount, 5240, Avenue du Parc, Saturday, October 22nd, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $12 available through the box office.

The Jessica Stuart Few + Corinna Rose

If you’re looking for something a little different then head on over to Café Resonance on Saturday to check out Vancouver born Toronto based The Jessica Stuart Few whose third album The Passage is a self-proclaimed “musical adventurousness in these somewhat predictable musical times.” Jessica is a singer/songwriter who plays the guitar and the koto, a 13 stringed traditional Japanese instrument that plays a prominent role in her unique sound.

Joining her will be local folk singer/songwriter/banjo player/guitarist Corinna Rose who can deliver some of the most beautifully heartbreaking tunes you will ever hear. Here’s the perfect song to listen to while biking along the canal in the fall (I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re doing at the end of this video).

The Jessica Stuart Few and Corinna Rose play Café Resonance, 5175A Avenue du Parc, Saturday, October 22nd, 9:00pm, $11.34 available through the box office.

Dans les Abysses with Dopplereffekt + DJ Stingray and More

For anyone who likes EDM, free concerts, swimming or all the above this is the show for you. On Sunday Red Bull Music Academy and MUTEK Montreal are hosting what can only be described as a “multi-layered” musical experience where the Olympic pool will be fitted with speakers underwater, at water surface level and at ground level while DJ Stingray, Dopplereffekt, Lorenzo Senni, Joel Cahen, Selfir, Cao, and Sign Libra spin their tunes.

The organizers would like to remind you that in order to access the pool you need to be wearing a bathing suit and either be barefoot or wearing sandals. This seems like a formality since it makes no sense to miss the opportunity to go for the coolest swim of your life!

The show is free but tickets are limited so get yours in advance.

 Dans les Abysses occurs at Parc olympique de Montréal, 4141 Pierre-De Coubertin, Sunday, October 23rd, 10:00pm to 3:00am, free, tickets available through the box office.

Blue Sky Miners + Tim Moxam

On Monday night Canadian artists Blue Sky Miners (who recently put out their self-titled debut EP) and Tim Moxam (whose latest album Soft Summer just came out) will be taking to Le Cagibi’s stage in support of their recent releases. Both acts fall a little into the country genre, a little into folk and with an ever so small dose of indie music.

In a moment of solid logic they’ve decided to team up for a brief tour of the eastern side of our country in order to give fans a full evening of new music. These tunes are so fresh that the promoters have officially promised the bands will play “never before heard songs.”

Blue Sky Miners and Tim Moxam play Le Cagibi, 5490 Boulevard St. Laurent, Monday, October 24th, event time and tickets TBA so check out their event page.

* Featured image of Jessica Stewart

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I have it on good authority that Genghis Khan would have been a huge Slayer fan. Galloping double-bass drums and furious riff-based thrash seems like a natural fit for the Golden Horde charging through the steppes of Central Asia. Just add booming Mongolian throat singing and horsehead fiddles that sound like a blade being drawn, and you have the perfect recipe for an incredible live performance.

The crowd at Foufounes Electriques got a taste of that Friday evening, when the Nomadic Folk Metal Horde known as Tengger Cavalry charged into town at the end of their North American tour with Incite.

Tengger Cavalry with FTB before the show
Tengger Cavalry with FTB before the show

These guys aren’t just fronting about the whole horse thing, either. In addition to using folk instruments like the Igil, Shanz, Morin Khuur and Throat Singing, Tengger can ride too.

“Yeah, I’m okay on horseback,” muses Nature Ganganbaigal (Guitar, Vocals) at the beginning of our pre-show chat. “One time, I went to the Mongolian grassland and I had to stay on a horse’s back for one hour because he ran off from his owner. I got the bridle on, and I can gallop no problem…I’m more comfortable playing guitar, but I can make a horse go, too.”

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Alex Abayev

While experimental genre-defying music is always exciting, it’s unfortunate that a lot of this blending of traditional music with contemporary styles can be seen as a gimmick, or attempting to cash in on the novelty of “look at us, we combine The Monolythic ‘Old’ with The Monolythic ‘New!’”

The obvious workaround is authenticity and commitment to what the artist is creating as a performance that creates something new, unique, and hybridized instead of just two distinct styles – see Canada’s A Tribe Called Red, and Chile’s Matanza for examples of groups who do this well. Tengger Cavalry does this spectacularly in the studio, but live it’s even more impressive.

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Nature Ganganbaigal

Tengger Cavalry presents a fascinating live show because these musicians focus their stage presence into capturing the sonic rush of stampeding cavalry as opposed to attempting to shoehorn sacred Mongolian traditions into popular contemporary music.

“When you travel a lot, and play from place to place, you’re already living a Nomadic lifestyle,” says Alex Abayev (Bass). “And since we’re all together, it’s like a Unity we can all feel,” chimes in Josh Schifris (Drums). Alex continues that with their music, “we can make people feel connected to the Steppes, even if they’ve never been there.”

To paraphrase from the acclaimed Coeur d’Alene author Sherman Alexie, writers from Indigenous cultures are often better off treading lightly on hallowed ground. Writing about sacred traditions and exhibiting them for public consumption outside that cultural group is an invitation for people searching to give themselves cultural capital via conspicuous consumption of “the other” (“look at how cool and open-minded I am, I saw a ~~Mongolian Metal band~~ last night”).

“When I was in high school, I listened to a lot of metal, which meant I listened to a lot of Scandinavian bands bringing traditional music into their sound,” explains Nature when I asked about the genesis of the band. “I thought, ‘well, why can’t I do this with my own culture? Why not create something brand-fucking-new?’”

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Josh Schifris

The band tells me that “talks are happening” about a future tour in Turkey and Central Asia. “We get a lot of messages from Istanbul, with fans telling us that we are their nomadic brothers.” This current tour has been a blast for the band, and despite weeks on the road, they show no signs of fatigue; if anything, they’re coping with post-tour depression now that the constant gigging has finished.

Canada has treated them well, with some of their favorite shows taking place in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Josh has asked me to include a note to Neil Peart shouting out Rush (and the Great White North in general) as major inspirations to this band.

“The most important thing is about what’s in your music,” says Nature. “We see ourselves as combining cultures, not combining genres. We’re all from different backgrounds, but we’re all in this band.”

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Nature Ganganbaigal

The band would like to express their sincere appreciation to the tour’s sponsors, Kay’s clothing (UK) Killer B Guitars, Rock N Roller, Reunion Blues, Sinister Guitar Picks, and Strukture.

 

Photos by Cem Ertekin

 

Forget The Box is kicking off Autumn with a new weekly calendar of arts shows in Montreal! Check out these events and feel free to contact us with suggestions for others as well.

Alder & Ash

Alder & Ash is a counterpoint of two extremes. The music lies in stillness, introversion, and penitence. It lies in violence, cacophony, and angst. Alder & Ash plays solo cello with loop pedal to create improvised minimal classical music, with influence of doom metal, ambient, post-rock and noise. Alder & Ash will be performing live at Le Réactueur as part of an ambient music showcase – don’t miss it!

Alder & Ash Live at Le Réacteur, 2401 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Friday, October 14th. Pay-What-You-Can

Fela Kuti Tribute

The Tupi Collective crew, ASMA, KYOU, and DJ Kobal are putting together an exciting evening filled with sonic tributes to Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti at Groove Nation. The event is in celebration of what would have been Fela’s 78th birthday, October 15th (but don’t get it twisted, the show is October 14th).

 

Fela Kuti Tribute at Groove Nation, 410 Rachel Est, Friday, October 14, 10pm-3am. $5 before midnight, $10 after

Pompette’s Monthly Comedy Extravaganza

Pompette’s Monthly Comedy Extravaganza offers Montreal’s finest in a casual context with one of the best new resto/bars in the city. At your service Riccardo Spensieri & his crew will be dishing out the eats and libations as Franco Taddeo & friends light up the night with laughter.

Taddeo is joined by emcee Peter J. Radomski of Just for Laughs fame as well as Paul Baluyot, ParkEx’s One Name Wonder Pantelis, TV’s Geoffery Appelbaum, Erica “The Funny & No Relation” Taddeo plus a Special apperance by Ernie the 80 year Old Comedian & his stool (chair to sit on to be clear!!).

Pompette’s Monthly Comedy Extravaganza at Pompette, 4128 Boulevard St-Laurent, Wednesday, October 19th, 8:30pm – 10:30pm. $9 with comedy night special on drinks

Is there an event that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe something FTB should cover, too? Let us know at arts@forgetthebox.net. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

This week we’re focusing on the local scene by highlighting the best shows of the week that have at least one Montreal based band in the performance. This was incredibly easy to do, if you take the time to look you can always find some great musicians just around the corner from you.

So take the time, and give these shows a look.

Paper Lions + How Sad

Thursday night you can head over to Théâtre Fairmount and check out and all-Canadian lineup of indie rock inspired dance music. Headlining the event will be East Coast indie electro pop rockers Paper Lions who recently released Full Colour, an album you should consider putting on your radar.

Joining them will be local electro artists How Sad who will make you clearly happy to have gotten off your butt to get out of the house for an up tempo evening of music. I suspect that no one will be sitting during this one as both bands are the type that make you want to get up and dance.

Paper Lions and How Sad play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240, Avenue du Parc, Thursday, October 13th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm), $12 available through the box office.

Future States + Run Coyote + Pallice 

On Sunday Casa del Popolo will be hosting the album launch and concert for local indie rockers Future States who will be releasing Casual Listener later this month. I suspect if you ask them really nicely they’ll play a few tunes from the upcoming release.

Joining them will be another local act Pallice and Run Coyote, whose 2014 release Youth Haunts was met with a great response from music critics across the country and who are about to get back in the studio to finish up a new album. We have it on good authority that they’ll be trying some of the new tracks on unsuspecting audiences during this current tour so if you want fresh music then this is the show to check out.

Future States, Run Coyote and Pallice play Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Sunday, October 16th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:30pm), $1o available through lfttckt.

Plants & Animals + The Weather Station

On Saturday Montreal based indie rock trio  Plants & Animals will be joined by The Weather Station at Théâtre Corona. Another of the hidden gems in the Montreal music scene, these guys have been at it since 2008, releasing four full length albums in that time.

Their latest release Waltzed in from the Rumbling came out earlier this year and has done nothing but impress music critics and fans alike. They’ll be travelling through Canada for the next two months with this being the only Montreal date, so don’t miss out on the opportunity!

Plants & Animals and The Weather Station play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Saturday, October 15th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:30pm), $24.50 ($27 at the door) available through box office.

Nots + The World + Cheap Wig

The coolest rock show of the week will be on Friday night when Nots, The World and Cheap Wig play as part of a Blue Skies Turn Black showcase. This will be a mix of punk and garage rock from some bands who are known for killer live shows.

 Nots, The World and Cheap Wig play Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Friday, October 14th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $1o ($13 at the door) available through box office.

* Featured Image: paperlions.com

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This week we take a look at a number of artists who’ve hit the scene in the last five years and seem to be getting bigger and better with every album. It’s a long weekend so with the extra free time why not go to an extra show!

Kongos + The Joy Formidable

This Saturday you can head down to Metropolis and check out Kongos, four brothers from an obviously very musical family whose last name happens to be, you guessed it, Kongos. Talk about the easiest discussion ever for what the band name should be. Also how great is it that all of them can say the band’s named after them.

Ok enough digressing, let’s talk about the band. Last June they released their latest album Egomaniac and this fall they’re on their way through North America in support. Give them a listen and you can hear the musical influence that their birthplace of South Africa has had on these four guys who grew up in Arizona.

Joining them will be Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable who are currently on tour on our side of the pond in support of their third studio album Hitch which was released last June. This band has the versatility to play simple acoustic songs, stirring ballads and when need be kick some ass as a powerful rock band that sounds a lot bigger than its three members.

Kongos and The Joy Formidable play Metropolis, 59 Ste. Catherine Street East, Saturday, October 8th, 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm), $29.50 to 38.30 through the box office.

Tom Odell

For those who aren’t too stuffed with turkey you can keep the long weekend going on Monday night at Théâtre Corona where English singer-songwriter Tom Odell will be playing as part of his current tour that spans our continent in order to support of his most recent album Wrong Crowd released last June.

Tom has keen sense at crafting pop tunes, choruses that stick in your head and piano melodies that always feel right. If you don’t know him then I suggest you watch this video because you also get the added bonus of seeing Kevin Spacey climb stairs over and over again.

Tom Odell plays Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Monday, October 10th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm), $27 ($30 day of the show) through the box office.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

If you casually surf YouTube for long enough you’ll probably come across a clip or two by the music collective Postmoden Jukebox who are known for taking current rock and pop hits and reworking them into jazz, swing and other early 20th century forms of music. Started in 2011 by jazz pianist Scott Bradlee, this ever changing lineup of musicians has had a series of viral hits which has allowed them to transcend our computer screens and enter the real world in the form of a live tour.

This Saturday they’ll be coming to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier which is an appropriate venue considering that at it’s root this is a professional jazz show. Perhaps the initial reason people click on a clip is because of the song title but the reason they stick around is because of the interesting arrangements and high level of musicianship.

Now please click on this clip because of the title!

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox plays Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, 175 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Saturday, October 8th, 8:00pm. $53 to $254 through the box office.

* Featured Image: postmodernjukebox.com

Know a band or an artist that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe a show FTB should cover, too? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

POP Montreal 2016 came and went with a blast of exquisite music, a frenzy of new friends and old faces, and a pleasant haze. Here is a highlight reel gleaned from the morass of sights, sounds, and smells that descended upon Montreal this past weekend.

Seth Bogart

Nothing was left up to the imagination with Seth Bogart. This underground LA pop diva sensation blew the minds off everyone in the room, with his unabashed physicality, wry satirical lyricism, and explosive performativity. The hilarious video content was nearly as captivating as his outfits, which he changed three times!

John Cale

John Cale performed in a very fitting venue: the aged and mysterious Rialto Hall. You can feel the passage of time sitting in the upper portion of the theatre, just as you can feel the passage of time in Cale’s mysterious calmness.

Perhaps surprisingly, what was most striking about his performance was its contemporary relevance. A mixture of live and electronic drums provided the basis for exquisite synthesizer tones and a guitarist who played more sounds than notes.

Holy Fuck

Holy Fuck came to party, and they took us all with them. Never before has an instrumental band been as captivating as this quartet of feisty Torontonians, excited to share a new LP with the world after a six-year hiatus. Nothing was lost in the interim – in fact, the group has only sharpened their tones even more; made those arpeggiated grooves even smoother; those lengthy breakdowns even tighter. Check them in your city if you can, for undoubtedly you will dance.

Angel Olsen

Back at the Rialto Theatre, I witnessed the transformed sound of Angel Olsen, a fairy-folkster turned rock’n’roller. Her band looked cute in their 50’s style suits, but the real catch is Angel’s voice, which carries a worldliness that belies her young years no matter what band arrangement she performs with. She put aside the guitar for a couple of keyboard ballads, sending the crowd away into the night with catchy melodies reverberating in our ears.

Morthouse

Drawing from the darker shades of new-wave, these brothers brought a captivatingly sinister energy to the tiny L’esco stage. One cannot help but be fixated by the singer Thomas, who manages to convey the brooding skepticism of a Nick Cave figure in all his glory. Every phrase was spat out with the vigour and charm of a street urchin turned art student, or visa-versa.

Hua Li

If you don’t know Peggy Hogan (aka Hua Li) yet, then get with the program. This dynamic local hip-hop artist and rapper is one-of-a-kind excellent. Performing with collaborator Gloze on programmed drums, Peggy slid smoothly through a healthy batch of heavy hip-hop with consummate ease, delivering her verses’ lines with dexterity and force. It’s always a pleasure to see someone act out their confidence and skill in a physical way, and Peggy sure knows how to get down with her beats.

When Pop Montreal finished on Sunday we officially closed up the music festival calendar for Montreal in 2016 and now we get to settle into the fall/winter music scene. Just because it’s no longer sunny and 30 degrees every day doesn’t mean you get to stay home, there’s some great shows coming up and this week is no exception.

Lisa Leblanc

On Thursday the Théâtre Corona will be hosting an evening with New Brunswick native Lisa Leblanc who will be debuting her most recent album Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? which is set for release on September 30th. The Acadian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has hits in both official languages and this new release, her second full length album, promises to be an extension of her unique brand of music.

I don’t know if “garage folk” is a term but it’s probably the best way to describe Lisa’s music. Witty, sarcastic, satirical, somewhat self deprecating lyrics are mixed with banjos and drums to form fun catchy songs that still manage to be serious when they need to be.

Lisa Leblanc plays Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest , Thursday, September 29th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $17 in advance or 19 at the door, ticket through box office.

 

The Temperance Movement + The Sheepdogs

If you’re looking for the coolest rock show of the week that would have to be over at Petit Campus on Thursday for the double bill of UK blues-rockers The Temperance Movement and Saskatoon’s own The Sheepdogs. Either one of these bands is worth the price of admission on their own, whoever thought to team them up gets a gold star on their report card for the course “Show Promoting 101.”

We’re just going to assume a Canadian bias here and say that you already know about the Sheepdogs so let’s introduce you to The Temperance Movement. Formed in 2011 this collection of musicians who’ve all been part of other musical projects too numerous to list decided to team up and build something new.

They recently released their second album White Bear and have been on tour in support. As usual it’s best to let the music do the talking so here’s the title track from that release.

 

The Temperance Movement and The Sheepdogs play Le Petit Campus, 57 Prince-Arthur East, Thursday, September 29th, 8:00pm, $23.75 through box office.

 

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders + Julia Jacklin

Also on Thursday night, Divan Orange will be hosting New Zealand born singer/songwriter Marlon Williams who is currently on tour giving fans the full indie rock experience with his backing band The Yarra Benders.  Marlon has gone on record stating that when he sings a song he always gets into character, an interest twist that makes his music that much more universal.

Opening the evening will be  Julia Jacklin, an artist to watch for in the future as she is set to release her new album Don’t Let the Kids Win on October 7th while simultaneously on a world tour. I suppose Julia is much more passionate about music then about getting a good night’s sleep!

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders and Julia Jacklin play Le Divan Orange, 4234 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Thursday, September 29th, 9:30pm, $16.50 in advance through Divan Orange or $18 at the door.

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards + Dietrich Strause

For those interested in Folk music, Sunday night at Casa Del Popolo will feature Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards and Dietrich Strause. The best way to describe the style of music for this show would be to use the oxymoron “modern folk.”

Both these artists draw heavily on traditional folk roots but are hardly rehashing their grandparents’ music. Something new that’s a combination of a few different genres that still feel rooted in the past.

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards and Dietrich Strause play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Sunday October 2nd, 7:30pm, $20 in advance ($10 for students) through lfttckt or $23 at the door ($13 for students).

* Featured image of Lisa Leblanc: thebluegrasssituation.com

Know a band or an artist that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe a show FTB should cover, too? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

I hope everyone’s saved up a little money and a lot of energy because tonight marks the beginning of the most frantic week of concerts this year, a.k.a. Hipster Christmas, a.k.a Indie Music Mayhem, a.k.a. the 2016 installment of Pop Montreal. From September 21st to the 25th most (if not every) small and medium sized music venue in and around the Plateau/Mile End will be hosting an unbelievably large and varied collection of artists.

To preview this fest in all its diversity is altogether impossible so we haven’t tried to. These are simply a few options that stick out as highlight to us at FTB. You might want to go check out the full schedule and reach your own conclusions but be warned, if you have option paralysis this might be your worst nightmare.

There’s just so much to do and so little time to do it in. My advice to newer fest goers is to pick something and stick to it, you could spend half the night walking back and forth trying to find the right show.

I know you want to find the “it” show but at Pop there’s actually several “its” going on simultaneously, so just get out there and pick one. To not overwhelm you, here’s three to get you started on your search.

IMTL Day Party and Brunch with Lakes Of Canada + Fleece + Nova + KyAzma

One of the more unique shows that happens at Pop takes two things that aren’t normally known to work in tandem, Sunday brunch and rock concerts, and for the fifth year in a row ignores convention and puts them together. An all-you-can-eat buffet for $7 is a steal in its own right but then you add performances by Lakes Of Canada, Fleece, Nova and KyAzma, who will be debuting their latest music video for  The Circle, and this becomes a highlight show in this year’s fest.

Indie Montreal allows you to buy tickets in advance through their website and I strongly suggest that if you plan on attending you do that. It’s not hard to foresee this show selling out, the lineup alone should bring a lot of interest and when you combine that with the best brunch deal on The Main you’ve got packed venue written all over this.

Lakes Of Canada, Fleece, Nova and KyAzma play Divan Orange, 4234 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Sunday, September 25th, 12:00pm (Doors at 11:30am), $7 in advance and at the door, ticket through indiemontreal.

 

Nanimal + Girl Arm + Pins & Needles + Laureate

If you’re looking for a great rock show at the best dive rock bar in town then head down to Barfly on Thursday night and check out Nanimal, Girl Arm, Pins & Needles and Laureate. This concert should be a hot sweaty mess of tightly packed individuals, like most Barfly events are, so save the fancy outfit for another night and wear the jeans, t-shirt and dancing shoes to this one.

This show is on our highlighted list for a second reason, my “sources” inform me there might be a special guest appearance during Nanimal’s set. Someone who can certainly be considered part of Montreal’s indie rock royalty might be hitting the stage right before your eyes.

Nanimal, Girl Arm, Pins & Needles and Laureate play Barfly, 4062 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Thursday, September 22nd, 9:30pm (Doors at 9), $10.

CJLO BBQ with Wiklow + No Aloha + Joyce N’sana + Guy Madonna

If you liked the idea of combining food and music but think Sunday morning’s a bit too groggy a time for that then perhaps you’d prefer Thursday afternoon’s free BBQ over at Quartiers Pop. This event is being put on by the good people over at CJLO, begins at 2pm and features Wiklow, No Aloha, Joyce N’sana and Guy Madonna.

Before people start going crazy over the “free BBQ” aspect it’s important to point out that the entrance and music is free, I’m pretty sure you’ll have to pay for your own beer and hot dogs. There’s no such thing as free beer, you know this, accept it, move on, you still get to see four great acts for free.

 Wiklow, No Aloha, Joyce N’sana and Guy Madonna play Quartiers Pop, 3450 Rue Saint-Urbain, Thursday, September 22nd, 2:00pm, free.