Heavy Montreal 2019 started off on one of the hottest Saturdays of the year so far. But the organizers were prepared, because there were water sprinklers literally everywhere to keep the metalheads cool. That being said, the amount of long-haired headbangers would probably also be enough for that. If you’ve ever stood in front of one such headbanger, you’ll know that their hair acts as a fan. Keep that in mind next time you attend a summer metal festival. (Or for tomorrow, if you’re already attending Heavy Montreal.)

Personally, my highlight of this Saturday was Evanescence. Amy Lee still rocks and the whole band knows how to get the crowd going. Ghost is up on the Heavy Stage as I type these words and they look… weird. I kind of get Rammstein like vibes from them? Really out there, dramatic, theatrical. Anyways, check below for all the good good Instagram content I created today. And be sure to check in tomorrow for even more Instagram content and some interviews. It’s gonna be great.

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You won’t regret seeing these shows this week.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

Lonely Animals + Watch For Wolves + In Beliefs + Atsuko Chiba @ Il Motore

If you haven’t heard Atsuko Chiba’s new album yet (released last week), you should probably not waste any time and do it now. They are one of the most exciting new bands in Montreal’s experimental heavy music scene. Their live shows are completely entrancing and offer that little extra something that can’t be experienced just listening to the recording.

Doors at 8 p.m., tickets cost $8.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

Indie Montreal Happy Hour Christmas Party w/ Beat Market @ Divan Orange

Our good friends over at Indie Montreal are throwing a happy hour Christmas party featuring the retro-electro stylings of Montreal duo Beat Market.

Doors at 5 p.m., free.

Cancer Bats + Red Fang + Indian Handcrafts + The Shrine @ Cabaret Mile End

Indian Handcrafts’ latest album Civil Disobedience For Losers is my favourite new discovery of the year. Seeing them play to an almost empty room last time they came to Montreal was a special experience. This time, they get to be part of a truly solid lineup, including fellow Sargent House label mates Red Fang and heavy-hitting musical veterans Cancer Bats.

Doors at 8 p.m., tickets cost $25.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

Artsy Chicks + Cal Folger Day + Archery Guild @ Le Cagibi

This show has your weekly dose of psychedelia. The Artsy Chicks are a brand new Montreal band (they started this past spring) but they’ve already recorded a full-length album. They also come with an elaborate back-story that includes the theft of something called the Power Stone and an oncoming war.

Doors at 9 p.m.