Cover photo cred - Emily Ding
As Montrealers, we know how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful city. What we don't always realize is that it's been an inspiration to musicians throughout the decades, too. The city has inspired them either because they've lived here, toured here, fallen in love, or out of it. Whatever the reason, we're so happy that so many musicians over time decided to pay tribute to this city we call home!
1. Montreal by Bahamas
"If every time I crawl
Crawl to Montreal
Don't seem like no plan
Honey please don't give up on your man"
2. Montreal by Raine Maida
"Feels like the cold winds of Montreal
The cold winds of Montreal
This winter can take its toll
But it can't take our lives"
Learn more- www.rainemaida.net
3. Montreal Love Song by We Are The Take
"I can't breathe in the space that's filled with your sound
Can't call a spade a spade in this town
Dug a hole now I can't get out
I can't figure it out"
4. Hometown Waltz by Rufus Wainwright
"You may ask why I want to torch my home town
Partly it's bitterness and hopping 'round and 'round again
On Ontario Street looking up
Maybe I'll catch him on his way to the show"
5. Montreal by Bloc Party
"The snow is still falling on St. Catherine's,
Losing the daytime to fair le goûter,
Tony keeps calling says he wants his money,
You're messing with the big boys don't you know?"
6. Montreal by Bran Van 3000
"One day God walked on old mount royal
Just to dream up the human form
Threw stones and cans and comic books in a kettle
And you came out like a shining goddess heavy metal
Say it's just too bad some hearts don't settle
And the pipes are leaking and you feel like leaving
Yeah, we heard this one before"
Learn more- http://www.bv3.ca
7. Rainy Night House by Joni Mitchell
"I am from the Sunday school
I sing soprano in the upstairs choir
You are a holy man
On the F.M. radio
I sat up all the night and watched thee
To see, who in the world you might be."
Learn more- www.jonimitchell.com
8. Of Montreal by The Stills
"The falling free on, it's turning me on
It drips on the street, the sun cries from the heat
I love feeling beat, I'll kiss the lipstick on your teeth"
9. St. Lawrence River by David Usher
"I was desperate to hold you again
But you're sinking so deep in the water
Outsmarted myself and so easily gave up what I wanted
Solid by morning
What I wanted
Winter by morning"
Learn more- www.davidusher.com
10. Your Ex-Lover is Dead by Stars
"Captured a taxi despite all the rain
We drove in silence across Pont Champlain
And all of the time you thought I was sad
I was trying to remember your name..."
11. Suzanne by Leonard Cohen
"While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind."
12. Montreal by Xavier Cafeine
tu n'est qu'une saloppe et tu manipule le jeu je ne suis pas le gardien de tes buts
me rapelle en plein vent et me donne rendez-vous chez T-O
Tu as du poison jusque dans les yeux"
13. Hymne a Montreal by Eric Lapointe
"Montréal, ma Ville-Marie
Le jour la nuit Montréal
Donne-moi ta folie je m'ennuie
14. Streets of Montreal by Farquahr
"The Streets of Montreal
Are not like home at all
To a young man who's trying to find his way"
15. Ste-Catherine by Bonjour Brumaire