The Canadian music community can be pretty close-knit. For instance, did you know that Phil Shearing, singer/guitarist from Paddle to the Sea, once had Hollerado play on his lawn while on tour. He passed a hat around while his friend gave them smores. This is just one example the comradery of Canadian bands, helping each other out.

More than just being about the music community, Canadian Music Week is an expression of how healthy, vibrant and eclectic our homegrown music industry is — and one of those local bands that stands out when we talk about Canadian Music is Paddle to the Sea. Perhaps one of the hardest working bands I know.

Paddle to the Sea features: the aforementioned Philip Shearing (vocals and guitar), Jeff Bulgarelli (vocals and bass), and Shawn Murray on drums and vocals.

The three-piece just released Insert Home Delete End a very impressive album filled with power-pop and grinding grunge. You can describe their music as a reinvention of the raw 90s sound. Give a listen to Castaway and Butter You Up.

Paddle to the Sea will be taking their wild horse and pony show to the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto, for a Tuesday April 18th show with will also feature: Lauren Spike, The Huaraches and The Extorverts. I had a chance to speak with them before they left for the show:

If you’re in Toronto this week check out their latest show  Tickets are available online or you can buy them at the door here’s the Facebook page for more information. Also give a listen Paddle’s newest tracks Arrow and Skipping Stone on BandCamp.

Now that it looks like we’re in for spring to early summer weather (fingers still crossed), this week is a perfect time to get out of the house. We have a few other, equally strong reasons to explore our city in the form of music shows you can check out. So, let’s get started:

The Lef7overs + Light Bulb Alley + Donny Dash

On Friday head over to Barfly if you’re into Punk / Garage Rock as three local acts in the form of The Lef7overs, Light Bulb Alley and Donny Dash are set to play a free show! With Barfly’s drink prices being more reasonable than anywhere else on The Main this has to be the best show this weekend for those who are brok… ummm more financially challenged.

Light Bulb Alley and Donny Dash will be providing the garage rock while headliners the Lef7overs are known for playing punk rock covers of female fronted bands. Knowing this, it seems like no coincidence that a capital “L” and “7” appear in the band’s name.

The Lef7overs, Light Bulb Alley and Donny Dash play Barfly, 4062A Boulevard St Laurent, Friday, April 14th, 9:00pm, free.

 

Stevenson + Fire/Works + Désiré Renard

On Thursday you can head over to Le Cactus (the temporary home of L’Escogriffe) where local Montreal based and self-descirbed “Downer Pop” duo Stevenson will be playing in support of the launch of their first full length album Sadboyz. Joining them for this show will be two other local acts, Fire/Works and Désiré Renard.

It’s really hard to categorize Stevenson’s music as one thing so it’s probably best to check out a few of their songs to get the full meaning of Downer Pop.

Stevenson, Fire/Works and Désiré Renard play Le Cactus, 4461 Rue Saint-Denis, Thursday, April 13th, 8:30pm, $10 at the door.

 

Wolf Eyes + Drainolith + Gashrat + Nyon

The Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival’s offseason programming is in full swing and on Monday, they’re bringing Detroit’s Wolf Eyes to La Vitrola along with three local acts: Drainolith, Gashrat and Nyon.

For an idea of what you’re in for if you go, give a listen to the headliners'”heavy, discordant and psycho jazz”

Wolf Eyes, Drainolith, Gashrat and Neon  play La Vitrola, 4602 Boul. St-Laurent, Tuesday, April 18th, 9:30pm, $15 at the door.

 

* Featured image of the Lef7overs via Facebook

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Hope you have an umbrella because in between all the rainstorms it looks like we’ve got another great week of music ahead of us. Here are some of your options for the next seven days.

John K. Samson +  Michael Feuerstack

On Thursday singer/songwriter John K. Samson is playing a show at Théâtre Fairmount in support of his second album Winter Wheat released last October. While his career as a solo artist is fairly new, you might know John as the frontman of Canadian Indie rock band The Weakerthans who were part of the Canadian music scene from 1997 until they decided to go on hiatus in 2014.

Joining Samson will be local talent Michael Feuerstack who has also been in the game for quite a while now under a different name. You might know him as Snailhouse, the moniker he used for a number of years before re-branding to his real name.

Regardless of the labels they’re currently going by, both these guys create great music with memorable lyrics. Give a listen to the track Postdoc Blues off John’s latest album to see what I mean.

John K. Samson and Michael Feuerstack play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc, Thursday, April 6th, 8:30pm (Doors at 7:30), $25 to $20 +s.c available through the box office.

 

Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz + Vagabon + Empath

Also on Thursday you can stop by La Vitrola for an evening of Indie Rock presented by Suoni Per Il Popolo and CKUT with three great acts from south of the border in the form of Allison Crutchfield and the FizzVagabon and Empath.

Headliner Allison Crutchfield’s latest album Tourist in This Town was released in January and it’s really worth a listen all the way through. Or just go to the show and you can get the live version!

 Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz, Vagabon and Empath play La Vitrola, 4602 Boulevard St. Laurent, Thursday, April 6th, 9:00pm, $12 available through the box office.

 

Carlos Núñez

Sunday night Nuits d’Afrique will be hosting an evening with Spanish bagpiper Carlos Núñez who is coming to town for the last stop on his springtime tour through North America. The Galician multi-instrumentalist is well known for breaking down barriers between music styles. Most commonly associated with playing Celtic music, Núñez’s songs also draw heavily on his Latin roots and classical music.

This tour is also a celebration of Carlos’s illustrious career. It’s been twenty years since the release of his debut album Brotherhood of Stars and since then there has been no slowing down. He’s released an impressive ten more albums and done countless tours all over the globe in that time.

Carlos Núñez plays Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc, Sunday, April 9th, 8:30pm, $38.40 available through the box office.

 

North Country Towers + Isaak Salomon + Eva Foote

On Sunday Casa Del Popolo will be hosting folk performers North Country Towers who invite you to enjoy the nice spring weather (I guess they like rain) we’ve been having and come see a show. Actually Sunday is supposed to be the one sunny day this week so the thought of getting out of the house and seeing three acts for only eight bucks seems like a great way to spend the day.

North Country Towers, Isaak Salomon and Eva Foote Casa play Casa del Popolo, 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Sunday, April 9th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:30), $8 available at the door.

L O S

For those who don’t want to go home Sunday, you can just stay at Casa Del Popolo till Monday night when Quebec City based band L O S will be playing in support of their recently released first album Big Surf. When the word “Surf” is in the title of an album, it’s hard to prevent certain preconceptions of what it’s going to sound like to pop into your head. In this case you’d be dead wrong.

The vibe of Big Surf is a lot more mellow than you’d expect from a musical standpoint and a lot deeper and sophisticated in terms of the lyrics. Give them a listen and if it’s your thing then head down on Monday, tickets are only five dollars!

L O S plays Casa del Popolo, 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Monday, April 10th, 9:00pm, $5 available at the door.

* Featured image of Alison Crutchfield via Twitter

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We’ve got a little something for everyone in this week’s preview so wherever your musical interests lie there’s bound to be something to peak you interest. Alright, let’s get to it.

Blakdenim

If you’re looking for something to do tonight you can head over to L’Escalier and check out Ottawa based Funk/Jazz/Hip Hop/Rock ensemble Blackdenim. This is a free show and a great way to check out a band that might at present be under your radar.

Blackdenim is known for seamlessly combining different genres into fun catchy meaningful songs. There’s something about horn sections and hip hop that always just works well together. Check out this clip or their soundcloud page to see what I mean.

Blakdenim plays L’Escalier, 522 Ste-Catherine Street East, Thursday, March 30th, 9:00pm, free.

 

Paper Beat Scissors + Ambroise

On Sunday Sala Rossa will be hosting a special evening with Paper Beat Scissors who will be re-imagining their songs with the accompaniment of a chamber ensemble. Set to release a new EP in May, this will be a first look at some of the new songs and well as a fresh look at some of the old ones.

Known for singer/songwriter Tim Crabtree’s hauntingly powerful vocals accompanied by acoustic guitar, it will be interesting to hear how this change in the lineup will influence the songs. Opening the evening will be local duo Ambroise whose mix of piano and heartfelt vocals will fit in quite nicely with the vibe for the evening.

Paper Beat Scissors + Ambroise play La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, Sunday, April 2nd, 8:00pm, $10 through the box office ($15 at the door).

Periphery

Coming to Théâtre Corona on April 3rd in support of their Grammy-nominated album Periphery III will be djent/prog metal monsters Periphery. Around since 2005, these guys are most likely already on your radar if you’re a metal fan, so this is more of a reminder that they’re coming to town.

With Periphery, the live show atmosphere can only enhance the power of their music and the backdrop of the “somewhat Grand Old” Corona seems a perfect fit for giving the show the right aesthetic. Not that there’s anything wrong with rocking out in your bedroom, but now and then you might want to get out a little!

Periphery play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Monday, April 3rd, 7:00pm (doors at 6:00), $28 through the box office ($33 at the door).

 

Scenic Route to Alaska + Nova

Sunday night Quai des Brumes will be hosting Edmonton-based Indie rock trio Scenic Route to Alaska who are touring their way through the eastern part of the country this spring. With catchy riffs, clever choruses and a laid back vibe, their tunes have that instantly infectious feel where you want to sing along on the first listen.

If you don’t believe me then grab a cold one, kick your feet up and give a listen to the single Love Keeps released last year on their latest EP Long Walk Home. 

Scenic Route to Alaska and Nova play Quai des Brumes, 4481 Saint-Denis, Sunday, April 2nd, 9:45pm (doors at 9:00), $10 through the box office ($12 at the door).

* Featured image of Blakdenim via Facebook

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Happy springtime everyone! While it’s still cold and there’s snow on the ground you can feel comforted by the fact that at least in name the season has changed. So put on your slightly less bulky coat and your more fashionable winter boots and head out this week for a show or two. Here’s some ideas.

 

Distroboto Sweet Sixteen Party and Fundraiser

This Sunday Casa del Popolo is hosting a special event to both celebrate the fact that Distroboto turns  sixteen and to raise funds for the non-profit art distributor. Re-purposing old cigarette machines into art dispensers has caught the eye of many (including us at FTB) over the years but the cost of doing business means that sometimes crowd funding is needed.

The music for the evening will be provided by OSB, GMACKRR, fourthousandblackbirds and Alexandre St-Onge and they suggest a donation of $8. This has to be the easiest and most enjoyable way to do a good deed this week!

Distroboto Fundraiser plays Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard St-Laurent, Sunday, March 26th, 9:00pm, $8 (suggested) at the door.

Zucchero

Next Tuesday the Olympia will be hosting an evening with Italian blues legend Zucchero when he stops in as part of his Black Cat World Tour in support of his 2016 album by the same name. While we commonly associate The Blues with US-based artists, Zucchero’s career has always broken that mold in a big way.

Spanning four decades and having success internationally, it’s safe to say his music has always has a level of “cross over appeal” to the point where hits don’t necessarily have to be sung in English. This show is not to be missed if you want to see a masterclass in blues rock.

Zucchero plays L’Olympia de Montréal, 1004 Ste-Catherine East, Tuesday, March 28th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $54.50 – $89.50 available through the box office.

Eric John Kaiser

Next Tuesday you can head down to Le Verre Bouteille and check out French born Portland based singer/songwriter Eric John Kaiser who is touring Quebec for the first time and having his launch party for his new album Made in Gaspésie. The title is pretty on the nose since the album was recorded in the region and is indicative of the mix between French Chansonnier and American Bluesman that marks Kaiser as an artist.

If you live outside of Montreal we’ve got good news because Eric will be touring the province as a whole, so check out his events page for dates and details. However, if you come to this show  you can get excited about the fact that it’s free!

Eric John Kaiser plays Le Verre Bouteille, 2112, avenue du Mont-Royal East, Tuesday, March 28th, 7:00pm (Doors at 6:00), free.

 

High Waters + Artifice Palace + Pallice

Saturday you can get your indie rock fix by heading over to La Vitrola where three great Canadian acts in the form of are High Waters, Artifice Palace and Pallice are taking to the stage as part of a Blue Skies Turn Black showcase. This show has a solid lineup top to bottom and considering it’s only $7.50 to get in, it’s highly recommended for anyone who’s feeling a bit financially challenged at the moment.

High Waters, Artifice Palace and Pallice play La Vitrola, 4602 Boulevard St-Laurent, Saturday, March 25th, 9:00pm (Dorrs at 8:30) $7.50 through the box office or $10 at the door.

* Featured image by Radical Montreal

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For this edition of Montreal Music Shows This Week we’ve got a 90s icon, some indie folk mainstays and an out-of-town music festival coming to the city. Let’s get started:

Matthew Good

For any Canadian kid who grew up in the 90’s there’s really no introduction needed, for the rest of you start with Underdogs and go from there. A quick recap of more recent history: as of 2002 Matt dropped the “band” part of the name and has been officially solo. What didn’t stop was his commitment to writing, music, speaking out about politics and championing a variety of social causes.

Still going strong, Good released Chaotic Neutral back in 2015 which has his signature sound all over it. More recently nostalgia seekers can check out I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited which is a re-recording of five tracks from the iconic 1999 album of the same name.

Matthew Good plays Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame West, Saturday, March 18th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $35.50 through box office or $40.50 on the day of the show.

Great Lake Swimmers + Megan Bonnell

Next Wednesday you can head over to Sala Rosa where Toronto based Indie/Folk/Rock mainstays Great Lake Swimmers will be kicking off their spring east coast tour right here in our fair city. With six full length albums and four EPs under their belt there will be no lack of catalogue to choose from for this show.

Their most recent release A Forest Of Arms  is everything we’ve come to know and love about the group and something you should pick up if you haven’t already. Rather than a single song here’s a beautifully shot and recorded full concert video to give you an idea of what to expect.

Great Lake Swimmers and  Megan Bonnell play La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, Wednesday, March 22nd, 9:00pm (Doors at 7:30), $17 through box office, 18+.

The Shazamy Awards

If you’re a regular attendee of Shazamfest or have always been curious about the annual out-of-town event, then head down to Matahari Loft this Saturday for The Shazamy Awards. In addition to giving out awards for Most Glamorous Skater, Best Underwear and Most Likely To Get Lost In The Woods, there will, of course, be performances.

As with Shazamfest itself, this event will feature burlesque courtesy of Ottawa’s Koston Kreme and Sherbrooke’s Cheri Coquette and, of course, musical performances. Theatre Ste-Catherine’s house band The Firing Squad, DJ Raymond, Da Joint Doctor will all be performing, as will Static Gold’s lead singer (currently seen on La Voix) Zaya Solange:

The Shazamy Awards, Saturday, March 18, 8pm, The Matahari Loft, 1673 Mont-Royal Ave E, $10, tickets available through ShazamFest.com

* Featured image courtesy Great Lake Swimmers

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Happy Spring Break to those who celebrate the occasion! There’s some great shows going on this week both big and small and an important tribute taking place at Crobar this weekend that those in the music community wont want to miss.

So if you’re looking to hit up a show then look no further!

Dinosaur Jr. + Public Access TV

Head over to the Théâtre Corona on Thursday night and check out alt rock royalty in the form of Dinosaur Jr. who kick off a month long North American tour right here in our fair city. These guys are still going strong having released their eleventh full length studio album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not last year.

Joining them will be New York post-punk rockers Public Access TV  who you should really get to know if you don’t already. In the meantime here is the just released video by Dinosaur Jr. which documents the band’s life on the road in its present state.

Dinosaur Jr. and Public Access tv play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Thursday, March 9th, 8:30pm (Doors at 7:30), $27 through the box office or $30 at the door, all ages.

RobFest 2017

This weekend Crobar will be hosting the second annual RobFest, a three day event of “Local Music and Live Painting”  put on by GrimeyMTL in order to commemorate the life of the dear departed “Bubs” the former owner of the establishment who passed away suddenly back in 2015. There will be 25 bands hitting the stage in fast succession on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, so check out the event page for a more detailed look at the lineup.

Adding another level to all the mayhem will be that fact that there is also live painting which will be taking place throughout the bar on all three days. The intention is to create a mural in honour of Bubs as well as other pieces.

It should also be noted that despite the insane amount of stuff going on, tickets are being kept to a very reasonable $7 for one night or $15 for the whole weekend.

 

RobFest with various artists plays Crobar, 1221 Crescent Street, Friday, March 10th to Sunday March 12th, 7:00pm (Friday and Saturday), 5:00pm (Sunday) $7 (for the day) $15 (for the weekend) only at the door.

 

Harrow Fair

On Thursday night Canadian Folk/Country/Rock duo Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner, who go by the name Harrow Fair, will be coming to Pointe Claire for a special intimate house concert. They released their debut album Call To Arms in October of 2016 which has been picking up steam ever since and so they have decided to take the show on the road for a North American tour with three stops on consecutive days here in Quebec.

While big venues and blaring music has its place, there’s something to be said for a more intimate approach to the concert experience. There’s even going to be a potluck dinner before the show! Space will obviously be very limited and only people who buy tickets in advance will be let in so check out the event page for more details.

Also check out this recently released version of Wicked Game which should give you a good indication of the power and intensity of this duo.

Harrow Fair play House Concert, Thursday, March 9th, 7:30pm (potluck at 6:00pm), $20 for adults, $10 for children available through box office.

 

The Good Ol’ Blues Brothers Boys Band + Slamboni + The Brieface + The Whiskey Chase + Taken for Granted

On Saturday, Crobar is hosting a full evening of rock and roll hosted by Vendetta Management and Entertainment  with no less than five bands set to take the stage. So check out The Good Ol’ Blues Brothers Boys Band, The Brieface, The Whiskey Chase, Taken for Granted and this week’s winner of coolest band name Slamboni who are coming all the way from Toronto to play some ska for you!

 The Good Ol’ Blues Brothers Boys Band, Slamboni, The Brieface, The Whiskey Chase, Taken for Granted play Piranha Bar, 680 Sainte-Catherine St. West, Saturday, March 11th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

* Featured image courtesy Harrow Fair

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Jazz fans were treated to quite the evening of music last Saturday when guitar legend Al Di Meola took to the stage at Salle Pierre Mercure for a full evening of music. Being the only act on the bill can be a daunting task for some, but when you have over 40 years of material to choose from the only problem is finding the right mix of tunes to play.

Most of the evening was spent bouncing back and forth between celebrating Al’s classic album Elegant Gypsy which turns 40 this year and playing some of the newer tracks off of his most recent release Elysium. With the exception of the first few songs of the second set, this was a mostly electric guitar night featuring the full band… and what a band it was!

Its core was a powerful rhythm section composed of Luis Alicea on drums, Elias Tona on bass and percussionist Gumbi Ortiz whose high energy and constant movement around the stage brought both his fellow musicians and the crowd to life.

Rouding out the lineup were pianist Philippe Saisse and violinist Evan Garr who stood out as a force to be reckoned with in the future. On many of the songs Garr would share the solo duties and could clearly hold his own as a master of speed and technique.

The story of how Garr came to be up on stage with one of his idols is inspiring and has a Montreal connection. Watch the clip below for the story in Al’s own words and a small example of Garr’s brilliance at playing the violin.

As great as the backing band was, this show was a brilliant example of Di Meola’s mastery of his craft. A performer who has never shyed away from complexity, speed and technical wizardry, this performance pushed the limits of how well someone can play music live.

Although clearly a jazz-latin style performer, it was interesting to see a little bit of rock and roll as a root influence. One such example is Al’s re-imagining of some Beatles tunes, most notably the famous McCartney guitar ballad Blackbird which he played as a solo acoustic number on Saturday. There was also a brief full band version of the Zeppelin classic Black Dog with Garr doing his “Robert Plant impression” by substituting the lead vocal part for violin.

If you missed it don’t fret. Al has a long time love affair with Montreal and is a good friend of the Jazzfest, so there will certainly be more chances to catch him in the future.

* Photos by Stephanie Laughlin

Happy fake spring everyone! It’s that week of the year when it sort of, kind of, somewhat feels like spring so people go a little crazy after all the hibernation. My personal favorite is guessing how many people you’ll see in shorts on any given outing.

So enjoy it while it lasts and head out for some live music. Here are some good choices for you this weekend.

 

Al Di Meola

One of the highlights of the week will be when legendary jazz-latin fusion guitarist Al Di Meola takes to the stage at Salle Pierre-Mercure on Saturday night. His current tour is in support of his most recent album Elysium while at the same time paying homage to the album Elegant Gypsy which turns 40 this year.

Regulars of the jazzfest should know Di Meola very well, he won the Miles Davis Award back in 2015 for his lifetime of work and is a staple of the jazz community. Spending an evening with this master of both the electric and acoustic guitar is well worth it of you want to see a true professional who is still at the top of his game.

Al Di Meola plays Salle Pierre-Mercure, 300 Boulevard de Maisonneuve E, Saturday, February 25th, 8:00pm, $69.36 – $ 213.07 available through box office.

Emmett McCleary + Sweat + BBQT

On Friday La Vitrola will be hosting a “kickoff party” for Montreal based singer/songwriter Emmett McCleary who will be heading out on a brief but jam packed tour the very next day. His latest track Dream Lover is insanely catchy and currently stuck in my head. Give it a listen, it will most likely get stuck in yours.

Joining Emmett will be Sweat and winner of this week’s most clever band name BBQT.  Say it out loud and you’ll get it, or listen to their self titled track below. Fun and catchy is the name of the game for this show and with three bands for only eight bucks this is a great option for you to consider if you’re looking for something on Friday night and are a little financially challenged.

Emmett McCleary, Sweat and BBQT play La Vitrola, 4602 Boulevard St. Laurent, Friday, February 24th, 9:00pm, $8 / PWYC at the door.

 

 

Kinouk + Cold Folks + Ashpants

On Saturday Fattal is lending its stage to punk rock of the acoustic variety (a.k.a folk punk) with Kinouk, Cold Folks and Ashpants set to play fun, fast, energetic tunes that won’t make your ears bleed. This is perfect for all the old curmudgeons of the world who like to stand up to the establishment at reasonable volumes.

If you don’t know much about these bands or this style of music then give a listen to this live track by Cold Folks. A fun song to begin with, it also features a kazoo solo! Something the world needs more of at this moment in time.

Kinouk, Cold Folks and Ashpants play Fattel, Saturday, February 25th, 10:00pm, $5 / PWYC at the door.

* Featured image courtesy Al Di Meola

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Forget the Box and Indie Montreal are proud to present the exclusive Canadian video premier of Psychocide’s Mr Suit.

This four-piece, originally from Brooklyn and now based on Montreal, offer a catchy blend of rock, punk and metal. They will be premiering a new album, Alcohol & Bad Decisions, March 2nd and a related comic book later this spring.

Each song on the album focuses on a different fictional character and the first up, in this new video, is Mr Suit. The band will be officially launching it tomorrow (Saturday, February 18th) at Barfly, 4062A Boul St-Laurent with Young Critters and Call Me Steve, but we have an exclusive first watch.

Enjoy:

This week we’ve got an exclusive video launch with Psychocide to preview and some great bands to take a look at. So if you’ve managed to dig yourself out from under all the snow then we’ve got a few suggestions for some shows to check out this weekend.

Psychocide + Young Critters + Call Me Steve

On Saturday Barfly will be hosting an evening of “punk n’ roll” featuring Psychocide, who will also be using this event to celebrate the release of their new video for the track Mr. Suit. On a completely related note: FTB, in conjunction with IndieMontreal, has secured the rights to the exclusive video premier tomorrow (Friday). So be sure to come back and check that out!

Also set to take the stage on Saturday will be Young Critters and Call Me Steve making this a full evening of music for a highly reasonable price of only five bucks. They’re selling tickets in advance so you might want to get right on that considering Barfly isn’t the biggest of venues and this show is guaranteed to draw some attention.

Psychocide, Young Critters and Call Me Steve play Barfly, 4062A boul. Saint-Laurent, Saturday, February 18th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $5 in advance through box office or $8 at the door.

 

Elephant Stone + Walrus + Wizaard

With four albums under their belt, Montreal based Elephant Stone have really hit their stride fusing traditional Indian music with pschedelic rock and pop. The results can be seen on their numerous releases and most recently on their album Ship of Fools which came out in 2016.

They’re really worth a listen and if you like what you hear then you’re in luck because they’re playing at Théâtre Fairmount this Saturday accompanied by Walrus and Wizaard. Both these acts are a perfect fit for an evening psych rock. If that’s your thing then we’ll see you there!

Elephant Stone, Walrus and Wizaard play Théâtre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc, Saturday, February 18th, 8:30pm (Doors at 7:30), $15 in advance through box office or $20 at the door.

 

SonReal + Clairmont The Second

SonReal is returning to Montreal. The Vancouver-based hip hop artist is currently on the No Warm Up Tour in support of his EP The Name.

After playing the Fairmount last September, the Can I Get A Witness artist is heading to La Sala Rossa. He will be joined by Toronto-based artist and producer Clairmont the Second. There is also a VIP option for people interested in meeting SonReal and getting a pre-show warmup concert.

Greenland Productions and Evenko present SonReal with Clairmont the Second at La Sala Rossa, 4848 Boulevard St-Laurent, Tuesday, February 21st, 9:30pm (doors at 8:30pm), $20 in advance, $23.75 at the door ($65 VIP tickets).

* Featured image courtesy of Psychcide

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Welcome to a special Valentine’s Week edition where I will attempt to tie all the shows we’re previewing to the theme of Love despite there being no real link. Before you ask, I am well aware that Valentine’s Day has no real meaning to a lot of people and “Valentine’s Week” certainly isn’t a thing. We’re just having a little fun with a theme so read on!

Benefit Concert for the Syria Crisis Appeal

If you’re looking for good music for a good cause then head over to La Vitrola on Saturday night where Sorry GirlsBo Welland, Tinycastles, Blessings and Trouble Star will be playing a concert to raise funds to benefit the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Syria Crisis Appeal. There is no official cover charge although they do suggest a donation of $10, which is incredibly reasonable considering you’re getting to see five bands.

So for those of you who want to take this opportunity to show some love to your fellow humans this would be a perfect event for you.

Sorry Girls, Bo Welland, Tinycastles, Blessings and Trouble Star play La Vitrola, 4662 boul. Saint-Laurent, Saturday, February 11th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:30), $10 (suggested).

 

Kinder Morgan Resistance Benefit

Another event this week that will be sending love (and a donation) to a good cause will be taking place on Tuesday at Casa Del Popolo where both musicians and visual artist will be participating in a fundraiser for the T’sleil Waututh, Squamish, and Coldwater Nations legal defense fund. The musicians on tap will be Frankie Teardrop, devo B. with Seb Cowanëoz and Also Also Also while a collection of local artists will be selling their works and donating the proceeds.

The organizers are suggesting a $10 donation but promise all will be welcome regardless of their financial situation. If you want to know more about this cause you should check out the event page for further details.

Frankie Teardrop, devo B. with Seb Cowan, ëoz and Also Also Also play Casa Del Popolo, 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, Tuesday, February 14th, 8:30pm (Doors at 7:30), $10 (suggested).

 

Andy Black + William Control + Palaye Royale

For anyone looking for more of a Gothic Valentine’s Day you can check out former Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Black (a.k.a Andy Biersack) who released his first solo album last May and is currently on tour in support. Heavily inspired by 80’s synth, Black has departed musically from the glam metal of BVB while still keeping the visual aesthetic the band was well known for.

Joining him on this current tour will be William Control and Palaye Royale who both sonically and visually make sense as opening acts. The venue chosen for this event, the Théâtre Corona, is also the perfect backdrop for the evening. Everything about this show seems very coherent and not to be missed if it’s your type of thing.

Andy Black, William Control and Palaye Royale play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Tuesday, February 14th, 7:30pm (Doors at 6:30), $32.50 ($36.00 at the Door), tickets through box office.

Metalian + Parasytes + Saccage + Endform

Tonight the Fattal Lofts are unsurprisingly hosting a punk/metal show featuring Metalian, Parasytes, Saccage and Endform. There’s really not much that needs to be said about this one, it starts late, ends late and is sure to be loud and crazy.

Now how to tie this to the theme… ah yes, if you love a good mosh pit and a reasonably priced show this is the Valentine’s week event for you! (Ok this last one was a real stretch, I promise next week’s preview won’t have a mandatory theme)

Metalian, Parasytes, Saccage and Endform play Fattal, Friday February 10th, 10:30pm (Doors at 10), $5.

* Featured image of Andy Black via YouTube

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Happy February everyone! If winter’s getting you down then we have a few show suggestions that might warm you up.

Drive-By Truckers

Nothing gets the blood boiling more nowadays than thinking about politics. For those with a political bent we suggest you head over to Théâtre Corona on Tuesday and check out Southern Rock band Drive-By Truckers who’ve been touring and releasing albums for over twenty years without ever backing down from calling it the way they see it.

Their latest album American Band, their most politically charged to date, was released last September before any votes had even been cast in the U.S election. Listening to it now, some of the tracks seem almost prophetic in their outlook and even more relevant then when they were originally released.

Drive-By Truckers play Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame West, Tuesday, February 7th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $37 in advance through box office, $42 at the door.

 

Rock Around the Clock with The Black Moon Boys

On Saturday night the good people of  Jive Studios are hosting a 50s dance party over at La Sala Rossa. On hand to provide the live entertainment will be Montreal based rockabilly band The Black Moon Boys who are a ready to get everyone jumpin’ and jivin’.

What’s more, if you’re interested but not the best dancer they’re offering two courses (rockabilly jive at 8:30pm or boogie-woogie at 9:00pm) to help you get some moves. This is certainly one fun way to get the blood flowing and keep warm on a cold winter night.

The Black Moon Boys play La Sala Rossa, 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, Saturday, February 4th, 8:00pm, $15 at the door.

 

Priests + Snail Mail + Fred Thomas

Monday night head down to Casa del Popolo to catch Washington, DC-based punk band Priests. With a very 90s riot grrrl sound, you`re sure to sweat away some of that winter cold.

Baltimore`s Snail Mail and Montreal-based rocker Fred Thomas will open. $1 off every ticket sold will go to the Plus 1 Foundation which aims to raise awareness of the educational challenges faced by communities.

Priests with Snail Mail and Fred Thomas play Casa del Popolo, 4873 boul. Saint-Laurent, Monday, February 6th, 9:30pm, $16 at the door

* Featured image of Drive-By Truckers via NPR

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Well it looks like we’ll be having our first real series of cold nights this winter which also marks the time of year where many of Montreal’s inhabitants go into hibernation. No I’m not talking about all the squirrels, I’m making reference to those of you who use “it’s too cold out” as an excuse to get out of doing things.

Well don’t! There’s tons to do, so tell your roommate you’ll be wearing the long johns this weekend because you’ve got some shows to go to!

Hommage to Leonard Cohen – God is Alive, Magic is Afoot

The title pretty much sums it up. Everyone has their own way of grieving, remembering and paying tribute to someone and it’s no surprise that Montreal’s music community would do so with a concert.

Pop Montreal has put together a staggering list of artists who will be taking to the stage tonight at the Rialto to do their best to say goodbye not only to a great man and musician but also a member of their community.

All proceeds will be going back to the community in the form of a donation to Le Chainon which seems fitting for the mood of the evening. Now here’s a full concert’s worth of songs because picking just one track isn’t really possible.

Hommage to Leonard Cohen plays Théâtre Rialto, 5723 Avenue du Parc, Thursday, December 15th, 8:00pm (Doors at 6:30), $25, tickets through Pop Montreal.

 

A Tribe Called Red

Head over to the Théâtre Corona tonight and you can catch a trio of DJs (Bear Witness, DJ NDN and 2oolman) who combined form the group A Tribe Called Red. The best way of describing their style is that it’s a mix of various elements of hip hop, dance music and traditional First Nations music.

If you’re unfamiliar with the group this might be the point where you start scratching your head saying “that seems really interesting but what exactly would that sound like?” Well here’s the both catchy and powerful track Stadium Pow Wow which should help answer that question.

 A Tribe Called Red plays Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame West, Thursday, December 15th, 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00), $32, tickets through box office.

 

Basin Fest Montreal

This annual festival is quite unique in that it isn’t centered on a specific style of music but rather the collection of artists who use Basin Street Studios as their home base. Located in Griffintown, this home away from home for many artists is an important part of the Montreal music community and it’s a great idea to get out once a year to celebrate it.

We’re not going to preview every band that’s playing but we can refer you to the Basin Fest 2016 playlist which has some killer tracks by some of our city’s best indie artists. So head down to Pirhana Bar this Saturday and check out an event that has the most randomly awesome list of co-sponsors: two radio stations (CJLO and CKUT), Frite Alors and Jägermeister. Yum!

 Basin Fest plays Piranha Bar, 680 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Saturday, December 17th, 7:00pm, $15.

Wander Years + Paper Beat Scissors

Casa Del Popolo will be hosting two wonderfully talented acts this Saturday in the form of Wander Years and Paper Beat Scissors who both have the ability to captivate audiences with beautifully powerful songs that evoke an array of emotions.

As usual, it’s best to let the music do the talking so here’s a track that should stir your emotions. I guess this doesn’t apply to our Vulcan readers but the rest of you should get it.

Wander Years and Paper Beat Scissors play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Saturday, December 17th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00), $8.00 ($10.00 at the door) available through blueskiesturnblack

* Featured image: ATribeCalledRed.com

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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