As stated in my previous article, Montreal is booming in the arts and culture department, especially in the music industry. Hip-hop pierced the market in the last few years throughout North America and has become a big subject in our modern times.
Luckily, Montreal is following the hype and providing us with talented artists from the east to the west of the island. Let's explore them together -
Mobile pro is only 18 years old, but already killing it with his amazing sounds. Mostly published on Soundcloud, the young artist is booming through his low toned, fast paced hip-hop.
Naadei just released a track featuring none other than 2 Chainz. Wait, say that again? 2 Chainz?! Yup, that's right. The track was also produced by one of the top producers in the greater Montreal area, High Klassified. Naadei places the bar high for other artists in the city.
You probably saw this artist performing in Kijiji Adds that went viral a couple weeks ago. He's been around the cameras a lot more lately and publishing wonderful tracks produced by the top producers in town. Have a listen.
Keeping it very low key, Gabe Nandez is slowly working his way up the charts with incredible sounds and a smooth voice. Listen to Gabe on Soundcloud below.
Originating from the greater Montreal area, Rowjay brings a whole new genre to French rap in Quebec. A mix of the best trap in France and the best trap in Atlanta. Listen below now!
Flemings is working very hard right now in the studio to provide Montrealers with sounds that are out of the ordinary. Check out his soundcloud below for some top notch hip hop.
Green Hypnotic is a veteran in the industry. With dozens of tracks out, he likes to take his time to finish off his work and release it properly. Whether you love the sounds or not, you're bound to love the man.
Released not even 10 days ago exactly, Brown Baby is the first track/video of ''BROWN'', a group formed through family. Snails from Dead Obies, Jam from K6A and the father of both talented individuals comes in for a beautiful jazz/hip hop vibe. Listen below !
Dead Obies just sold out a show last night. Supported by Wasiu mentionned above, the show seemed to be extremely hyped for performances practically featuring only hip-hop artists. A beautiful thing to see in our city.
Not too sure if I even had to mention the leading hip hop group right now in French rap in our province. With tracks overing around 400 000 views on Youtube, LLA is a veteran in the industry and a master at what they do. They're actually performing at Le Métropolis TONIGHT !
With several venues that are going to be regularly busy andthe fact that somemassive acts will be popping up throughout the month goes to show that Montrealers are in for a treat once again. Here's a list of just some of the great shows coming to Montreal for every week.
Here Are The Concerts In Montreal From September 1st to 8th
This cultural festival has everything from carneval games to awesome shows all day. It's going to be running from September the 6th until the 9th and it looks like the best thing to do in that span of time
For more information on the show and where to buy tickets click here
Igloofest is right around the corner! This year it happens to start Thursday, January 12th and lasts until Saturday, Feburary 4th. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between those dates are filled with superb DJs! But, there are specific DJs you should definitely look out for in 2017 at Igloofest!
The list below composes of some of the most popular DJs performing at Igloofest and some local upcoming home favourites! So, be sure to pick and choose your dates wisely! Or hey, why not just go see them all!
One of the biggest reasons why I love Montreal so much is because there's such a diverse and huge group of people who live here. We've got people creating things, doing things, living their best lives - it's honestly such an awesome population.
After starting off her company in her parents' basement, Tiffany Youssef's Tea You has shot to popularity. The Montreal-based clothing brand has recently become a favourite of Kylie Jenner and Joyce Bonneli, one of the Kardashian's makeup artists.
Honestly, is there anything Sterling Downey can't do? He's a City Councillor in Verdun, co-founder of the Fresh Paint Gallery and founder of the Under Pressure Festival, and is the Homelessness and Animal Management critic for Projet Montreal. To say that Sterling Downey spent 2016 doing amazing things would be an understatement. It's more like he's been spending his life doing amazing things, to be honest.
Chrissy Sgourakis owns Haute Balloon, the first luxury balloon shop in Montreal; and let me tell you, she is killing it. In 2016, her work has been pretty much everywhere. Chances are, if you've ever been to an event and have been seriously amazed by an array of gorgeous, larger-than-life, specialty balloons, then you know exactly where it came from.
This Quebecoise journalist is based in New York City; this year, she launched her second book, 300 Reasons To Love San Francisco, featuring pictures and moments that'll make you fall in love with the city.
This Montreal-based interior designer and founder of La Chambre Design Co. has some serious skills, which seriously shined throughout the year. Some of her more notable projects this year? Montreal's Kampai Garden (!), A5 Hospitality, and Billie Le Kid, to name a few.
These three entrepreneurs are the brains behind Montreal's Atelier New Regime. This year, the super popular fashion brand launched their first flagship store in Montreal, helping to cement Montreal's status as one of the most stylish spots in North America.
The owners of Montreal-based swimwear line Salty Bikini, these two friends combined their respective skills in business and design to create a business they truly loved. Taking inspiration from the sand, sun, and water, this beachy swimwear line has only opened up earlier this year, but is already gaining a whole lot of popularity.
The son of business mogul Laurence Stroll, Lance Stroll's talent lies in racing. By his Instagram account, it's clear that he spent the year practicing and honing his racing skills - and all this practice paid off, as he is set to be the world's youngest F1 driver.
To say that Kimberly Lallouz has done a lot this year would be a huge understatement. After being a chef for Miss Pret A Manger and Resto Bar Monsieur, Kimberly opened up Montreal's Le Bird Bar in November. Not only that, but she also hosted "Les Garden-Partys de Kimberly" on Zeste this year, too!
You've probably noticed a whole lot of this Montrealer's work a whole lot throughout the city - and that's because this Montreal-based street artist is both hard working and extremely talented. In early 2016, his work was featured in a bunch of events and on a whole lot of super cool merchandise.
Honestly, I'll always admire people who pursue their dreams - and Montrealer Ver Sepasi is doing just that. Combining her love of travel and photography into a career, this Montrealer has spent the year travelling, taking pictures, and making a living off of her two passions. Goals AF.
Helping to put Montreal music on the map, Frederick Durand (AKA Snails) has spent the later half of 2016 touring in the U.S. and gathering a massive following. This DJ and producer might have slayed in 2016, but 2017 looks even brighter for this Montreal-based artist.
If you're in Montreal, you know exactly who Antonio Park is. This celebrity chef is involved in tons of awesome projects. Notably, he owns Park and Lavanderia restaurants, among many others; in 2016, he opened up Kampai Garden, and although Park suffered damage from a Westmount fire late in the year, it quickly recovered and returned better than ever.
The owner of Beachclub and one seriously awesome Snapchat (and Instagram!) account, Olivier Primeau has spent pretty much all of 2016 doing amazing things. I feel like he's Montreal's version Scott Disick, except a whole lot more awesome.
Montreal sure is stepping up their concert game in 2017! 2017 is literally booked just about every month with at least one fabulous performance. Not only are all these artists extremely talented, but they each specialize in their own genre so there is most likely something on this list for everyone!
So, start saving your money because with your luck you will probably want to attend over half of these concerts! Most average tickets are fairly priced but if your favorite band is on the list and you want insane seats, you better save up because those can cost you an arm and a leg.