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11 M For Montreal Shows That Are Going To Kick Ass

Can not must not miss M For Montreal shows.
11 M For Montreal Shows That Are Going To Kick Ass

Since it's first year in 2006, M For Montreal has grown from a small-time weekend festival that highlights our best underground musicians, to a world renown, year-long presentation of showcases throughout the world. You can catch them at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, South by Southwest in Austin, Ice Airwaves in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Festival les Inrocks in Paris (among many others).

Founded by Sebastien Nasra (Avalanche Productions) in collaboration with Martin Elbourne (legendary British festival programmer for Glastonbury, The Great Escape, WOMAD co-founder), M For Montreal is now known to bring MTL and Canadian music to the spotlight all over the world.

This year's showcase in the Montreal will be from November 20th-23rd and features more musicians, industry panels, and shows than ever before.

Click here for our top 10 M For Montreal Picks >

1.  Misteur Valaire + Les Jupes, Groenland + The Lemming Ways + Elliot Maginot & Andy Shauf


Why you're going: Other than the fact that it's a completely free evening of music, the lineup for the night has a wide variety of bands, both big and small, and lots of MTL talent will be repping the stage. Have fun!

Buy tickets- no wait... IT'S FREE!

2. A Tribe Called Red + Tommy Kruise 


Why you're going: You're looking to get your weekend started off right, and this 18+ show is where the magic is gonna happen, A Tribe Called Red killed it at Osheaga this summer, and Tommy Kruise is just too badass to say no to.

Buy tickets for 17.50$

3. Fire/Works & Motel Raphael

When/Where: FRI NOV 22 6:30PM @ DIVAN ORANGE

Why you're going: This free show highlights two amazing up & coming artists in Montreal, both in the indie/folk/pop genre. You'll definitely want to be checking these guys out before everyone else catches on!

Tickets are FREE yo!

4. Thus Owls + Hermigervill + Prins Polo & Hjaltalin

When/Where: FRI NOV 22 8:00 PM @ SALA ROSSA

Why you're going: There's no doubt that there is good music all over the world, and this show is going to introduce you to some of the most unique & talented from across the pond. Brought to you not only by M for Montreal, but Iceland Airwaves, OPAK, Blue Skies Turn Black and Cult MTL, this is definitely one of the most eclectic evenings to attend.

Tickets are 12$ in advance, 15$ at the door

5. Amelia Curran + Mark Berube & Lakes of Canada

When/Where: FRI NOV 22 9:00 PM @ DIVAN ORANGE

Why you're going: If you're into folk music with a touch of indie/pop, this is the showcase for you. Both Mark Berube and Lakes of Canada will be repping Montreal, and Juno nominated singer/songwriter Amelia Curran will be here for St.John's, Newfoundland.

Tickets are only 10$

6. Duchess Says + We Are Wolves & Solids


Why you're going: If you want to liven up your show choices for the evening, this is the one for you. These three Montreal-based bands are a little more punk-rock, and lots of fun!

Tickets are 15$

7. Random Recipe + Heart Streets + Foxtrott & Compton Chic


Why you're going: If you ever doubted for a second that Montreal doesn't boast the widest array of musical genres, then this show will be the one to teach you a fine lesson. All these Montrealers mix RnB, hip-hop, and electro. Yep, it works!

Tickets cost 16.50$

8. A Wilhelm Scream + Single Mothers + The Motorleague &  No Bones


Why you're going: This showcase is definitely all about Canadian punk/rock music, and some of the best out there too! Don't forget to say hi to fellow Montrealers in No Bones after their set, they'll be representin' for us on this roster.

Tickets are only 13$

9. Folly and the Hunter + Syngia + Maica Mia & Avec Le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche

When/Where: SAT NOV 23 8:20 PM @ CASA DEL POPOLO

Why you're going: This is probably one of the more underground group of bands to make the list, but if you're looking to discover some rising talent in the Montreal music scene, there is no better place to be than this show. Although they're all lesser known than opening act Folly & The Hunter, it's a guarantee that if you're a fan of their Indie/Folk sound, you'll likely enjoy the rest of the lineup too.

Tickets are only 10$?!

10. Mac DeMarco & Magical Cloudz

When/Where: SAT NOV 23 11:59 PM @ CLUB SODA

Why you're going: M for Midnight is the last show of the entire event, why on earth would you miss it?! But seriously, there is no better feel good music than Mac DeMarco. He may not be from MTL, but we promise his indie/surf-rock beats will have you lovin' the Montreal lifestyle on a Saturday night!

Tickets are gonna cost ya 18.50$

11.  High Klassified + The Range & Thundercat 

When/Where: SAT NOV 23 10pm @ LE BELMONT

Why you’re going: Brought to you in collaboration with I Love Neon, this eclectic night is bound to get you moving on a Saturday. Thundercat has played bass alongside some of today's biggest artists (including Snoop Lion) and now he's back with his own project!

Tickets are 15$

There are so many more acts you should be checking out:

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