Montreal has always been one of the most cultural and artistic cities in Canada, so it should come as no surprise that we also boast a wide array of emerging artists, in every genre imaginable. 21 year old Joe Mesmar is one of them; resident DJ at Circus Afterhours, Mesmar's style includes Tech House, Deep House, and Techno.
Mesmar was just 19 years old when he began to DJ, and now, at age 21, he's released his first 3 EP’s, and puts all his free time towards his music. Joe began his career on YouTube, but grew quickly from there to live performances including spinning at Drip N’ Play here in Montreal, as well as the Beach Party Festival in NYC. You can now catch his podcast ‘Minds of Sin’ live every Saturday at 3pm right here and you can listen to his archives here.
The Montreal native recently took some time to answer some questions for MTL Blog on his career, his music, and, of course, this beautiful city we call home. Obviously, poutine was a must-have in our questions!
MTL BLOG: At only 21, how did you find time to put together 3 EP’s for release and continue to have a regular young-adult life?
JOE MESMAR: Well, the thing is that I love what i do, it’s a hobby that somehow is turning into a career. I’ve released 3 EPs and 4 more are coming on the way. When I get any free time from my already busy schedule I put it solely towards music, either production, mastering or mixing.
MB: If you could describe your music in ONE word, what would it be/why?
JM: Unified, because music makes people come together and they don't worry about anything in the world at that moment they just have fun and experience the sound
MB: What do you love most about being a musician in Montreal?
JM: Crazy nightlife! People in Montreal knows how to party like there is no tomorrow. It’s amazing! It’s literally ranked one of the top cities in nightlife!
MB: What other Montreal musicians/DJ’s/bands have inspired you so far in your career?
JM: Francis Belanger, a well known promoter @ Circus Afterhours who’s been there for over 25 years in the music scene. Francis has been giving me tips, insight and helping show me the direction I need to head.
MB: If you had to describe poutine to a complete Montreal outsider & make it sound good, how would you describe it (sorry, had to, MTL blog style!)
JM: it's a dish full of hot fries, with Cheese & Gravy as a topping. Speaking of a poutine…. Brb.
MB: What are three songs you have on repeat right now you’d like to share with readers?
JM: At the moment, I am mostly listening to:
1) Human Reason (Len Faki Remix) - Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick
2) Paco Ymar - Electromen (Giorgio Rusconi remix)
3) Alan Fitzpatrick - We Are Forever Young (Original Mix)
Don’t forget to check out Joe Mesmar's music below:
The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
The government hopes that this initiative will offer wider exposure to Quebec's myriad of talented music artists and provide them with healthy royalty cheques.
In addition, the ministry has granted $1,115,000 to the Association québécoise de l'industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ) to "produce 80 short television and web episodes to give greater visibility to albums and mini-albums released during the pandemic and to the artists who worked on them."
"I am proud that our government is introducing new practices that will make it even more present in our daily lives through the Quebec government," said Roy.
With more and more people getting vaccine doses, summer is beginning to look more optimistic with each passing day. And from Montreal to Gaspé, people are itching to be able to go out for real and enjoy an amazing Quebec summer festival.
But which ones are coming back in person so far? Here are all the festivals that we know you'll be able to actually attend in person in Quebec this summer — if all goes according to plan.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
Why You Should Go: If you love electronic music and the latest in technological innovations, this is the festival for you. Stay tuned for the full lineup for this year's online and in-person hybrid edition.
Why You Should Go: The festival and Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championship have pushed the event back to August. On its Facebook page, the festival indicates it will begin on August 14. The championship is scheduled to begin on August 19. There are no other details yet.
Why You Should Go: With a lineup featuring indie darlings Men I Trust and The Franklin Electric and including some of the best Quebec artists like Fouki, Alaclair Ensemble, and Coeur de Pirate, the Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul is shaping up to be quite the event.
The concert "features exciting arrangements of video game music for a chamber ensemble of 10 world-class musicians, performing music from series and titles such as Halo, Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic, Assassin's Creed, and many others."