It's that time of year again Montreal, Osheaga is here to rip open our city's chest to insert audio bliss. The festival that perpetually grows has around 108 artists that are all poised to party with MTL. The festival sold out in an astonishingly single week so if you don't have your tickets yet, get on those third party vendors. Trust us it will be worth every penny. With the ridiculous amount of talented artists and groups that complete the line-up this year it is near impossible to select a day that will be better than the other two. It was also difficult to single out artists that we recommend you experience. It's like choosing your favorite ice cream on a hot day, they are all just so damn good. After much consideration; we devised a list of the stand out performances we highly suggest you experience first-hand. Stay tuned for Saturday and Sunday's must see artists in the following couple days. They will be followed by Friday's advised sensations posted below.
Montreal is ending this month March Madness style, and we're not talking about basketball. From Newspeak's grand opening weekend, to amazing art exhibits and markets, to Vilify's return to Montreal, you better be ready to bounce around the city like a ball on the court in the championship game. Check out where MTL Blog Events thinks you have to be this weekend so you can jump into April as a winner.
Thursday, March 26th
Newspeak Opening With Ben Pearce, Tessela, Egyptrixx, Buck Smith, and Untold. This is the first event of many at this awesome new speakeasy-style venue. With THUMP and ILOVENEON by their side, the kick off of Newspeak's opening weekend is not to be missed! View event>
Fridge Door Gallery's Pre-Vernissage Party at Blue Dog. Come hang with the FDG fam the night before their new vernissage opening at their gallery the following day. View event>
Monroe at En Cachette does thirsty Thursday right with drink specials all night long and delicious Hip-Hop beats spun by Empress and Emma Beko. View event>
#Trashbackthursdays at TRH-Bar is one of our favorite weekly events. Trash family does not mess around when it comes to partying and skating. This week MaximiZer and Pullinsky will join the party for a dope open deck sesh. View event>
ICRF Experience Fashion Show at Concoria is the perfect way to celebrate style while supporting a good cause. All proceeds from the show go to cancer research centres in both Montreal and Israel. View event>
MELT at Blizzarts is celebrating 1 year of the label's Thursday event. Everyone will be out for their banging beats. Cheers to another year homies! View event>
Friday, March 27th
Big Jay Oakerson at Theatre Sainte-Catherine will lighten up your weekend with a little comedy. Come check out the first edition of The Brunch Club comedy series with the filthy sweetness of this NYC-based comedian. View event>
Newspeak Opening Weekend Day 2 With Wankelmut, Robert Robert, and Matheus. The debut weekend of this snazzy club continues with even more talented artists from Montreal and afar. View event>
Shaydakiss and M. Bootyspoon at Datcha will have the dance floor turned up to a whole new level. If you don't know these homies' beats, you gotta come through to hear their sweet, sweet sounds. View event>
A Fridge Door Gallery Presents Reveries Art Vernissage at McGill's SSMU Ballroom. For this year’s edition of Nuit Blanche at McGill, FDG invites you to "come escape the monotony and dreariness of real life for a white night of dazed and lucid dreams." View event>
Get Nice Friday's at Blizzarts is poppin' on Fridays with Hip-Hop all night spun by one of our local favorite's Simahlak. View event>
Saturday, March 28th
AUN's "Fiat Lux" Album Launch at SAT. Cosmic industrial duo AUN will forge their ambient-psychedelia into a glitchy, pulsing, waking dream experience in one of the best venues in Montreal. View event>
Fly Ladies 3 With Dr. MaD, Walla P, And Toast Dawg at Le Bleury Bar à Vinyl is for you if you're trying to get funky fresh, future style. No bad vibes, only fresh beats. View event>
Fight4Pride Championship 3 at Centre Sport Xpo is a must see this weekend if you are a fan of combat sports. This event brings the art of fighting to Montreal. View event>
Luxe with Shaydakiss and Vilify at Velvet. With our beloved Vilify back from Berlin for an unknown amount of time, you can't miss this event featuring her and lovely lady Shaydakiss. Come get crunk in class. View event>
Newspeak Opening Weekend Day 3: Soulection Showcase With Esta, IAMNOBODI, Jay Prince, Joe Kay And Noo-Bap. The last day of Newspeak's grand opening weekend might just be the best -- especially if you are a Soulection fan. Come get groovy on the new dance floor. View event>
Fresh Paint Market 3 at Fresh Paint Gallery is a beautifully curated, monthly art market which reunites the heterogeneous community of local creators around their productions: street wear, goodies, art, prints & serigraphy, jewels, micro edition, and much much more.View event>
BLVD44 Saturdays is a great place to go out clubbing with your besties. View event>
Sunday, March 29th
Sugar Shack Brunch Party 2015 at Santos Tapas Bar. Come check out the crazy decor, beats by Dj Thomas H, amazing homemade “Cabane à sucre” style food, “Tire sur neige”, a Bec Cola photobooth, and a live performance by a traditional band! View event>
Jazz & Illa at Honey Martin is the perfect place to sit back, relax, enjoy a Sunday evening beer and groove to some smooth jams. View event>
Tokyo Bar Sundays is a classic spot for a Sunday night of fun. View event>
Need more info? Feel like we are missing an event? Contact us at MTL Blog Events with any inquiries you may have.
Montreal is always bumping with wicked events to keep things spicy. From Igloofest to after-hours, life in this city seems to operate on the motto "work hard, play harder." For those nights where you've got the itch to get down but your favorite headliner isn't in town, there's always a wild weekly event to hit up with your crew.
What's a weekly you might be asking? Answer: venues and performers that hold down one night a week every week like nobody's business. We've rounded up our top spots to kick it on the regular if you want a guaranteed good crowd, good time and good vibes any night of the week.
These bars keep it real, especially when you know what day it's popping off. So, for a week of parties that just won't quit, this is our week of weeklies challenge to you 514.
Korova has been hosting this weekly for years now, each Monday they feature a different artist as a theme for the night: R. Kelly, Jay Z, The Spice Girls, Wu Tang Clan, Justin Timberlake... you name it. It's all about the Pabst Tallboy bottles at 2 for $10, or if you're not a beer person (do those exist?) shots are at 4 for $12. Basically, it's a cheap drunk to prime you for packing way too many friends into the photobooth at the bar before you hit the dance floor.
Kalmunity @ Les Bobards
A summary of this night in one word: real. A packed house at Les Bobards is a guaranteed on Tuesdays. They've got pool, drinks and a live improvised set that can't be beat. Bi-lingual rap, soul singers, a live band and slam poets all work together, feed off the crowd's energy and never disappoint. Kalmunity's live organic improv is sure to have you shaking the imperialism from your hips before you can say "another round!"
WEDNESDAY - Take your pick! (or hit up both)
ASAP Wednesdays @ Salon Officiel
Every week ASAP Wednesdays hits hard thanks to the ever-fresh slammers GrandBuda throws at the crowd at Salon Officiel. It's a packed house every time.
Bass Drive @ Le Belmont
Voted Montreal's best club night for the last 4 years in a row, this one is a guaranteed rager in the best way possible. The legendary Vilify used to hold it down every week before her recent move to the Berlin scene. Never fear, Le Belmont has been pulling in some kick-ass headliners to keep the Bass Drive legacy going strong such as Truth and TrollPhace in recent weeks. Get ready to bounce for this one.
MELT @ Blizzarts
MELT MTL is a crew you should tune into if you haven't already. You might know them by their individual names: Nick Wisdom, Pomo, Charles Cozy, Noo-Bap, Amaris Daniel & Walla P. Their weekly at Blizzarts has been killing it for 40 weeks straight as of this Thursday. These guys pull together a fusion of everything from future funk to r&b. Guaranteed to have you jammin' with a smile on your face.
Get Nice @ Blizzarts
We're bringing you back to Blizzarts again on Fridays for a steamy night of hip-hop, rap and flyness brought to you by Simahlak. You may recognize the signature neon sign that lights up this night from your friends' instagram photos, and you'll know it a whole lot better once you get hooked on this weekly.
Saturday is prime party day and if you want a fresh spot to check out we're recommending StereoBar. Stereo Afterhours' downstairs, before-hours, counterpart has been booking some sleek acts. Their deal is that they create a clubbing atmosphere different that what you'll find most other places: no bottle service, no reservations, no cameras, no glowsticks just quality music to get the night going. If you're looking to keep the party going late (since it is a Saturday), and you don't sleep when there's fun going on (not now that you know where all the best weeklies are), then Stereo will be waiting for you upstairs at 3am to keep you dancing until dawn.
Jazz & Dilla @ Honey Martin
Take it easy, grab a drink, and get cozy at Honey Martin with your boo (or would-be boo) to the sleek tunes of Jazz & Dilla, brought to you by Frase & Atamone. After a long week of weeklies this is the perfect way to unwind. What's better that jazz and hip-hop? Nothing, that's what.
There's always a reason to celebrate when you live in a city this sick. Just make sure you bring a coat to check so that all that illness doesn't hold you back from next week's dose of wild weekly action. Party on, Montreal.
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Alright so Montreal, the "Été Indien" is here right on time for the week end! How perfect is that? We are all sad to see the summer go but look at the bright side of things...Well there's not really a bright side since it's starting to get dark super early. This only means you can start partying earlier! Here's what we put together for you to do this week end;
Thursday, September 25th
- We told you last week and we'll tell you again. Pass by Lobby Bar's Mugs & Dogs, if you want to get something more out of your average 5@7. It's perfect to chat it up with some colleagues after a long day of work. View event>
- CASA Cares & CASAJMSB are hosting a 5 à 8 Terrace Party at Concordia University’s Hall Terrace. Le Cheese Truck will be there too, go hang out with your fellow Concordia friends. View event>
- We missed it last week but their back tonight! MELT 029 at Blizzarts With Fools Gold's High Klassified. You know you don't want to miss it! View event>
Friday, September 26th
- Perle Rare at Club Peopl is the place to be for those who want to get lost in the music. Go dance to Jojo Flores and Forrest's sounds. You can also grab some oysters, cold cuts and cheese. Fancy huh? View event>
- Any night at Nacho Libre is guaranteed to be a fun night. Nacho VI at Nacho Libre will be another one of those nights. Seriouslsy, cheap shooters, balloons and a super sexy staff. View event>
- You want to check out Dub Fx with Vilify, Frase, Dubspecter and Crimewave at the SAT. You will be bassed out to Vilify'S sounds. View event>
Saturday, September 27th
- Here's an out of the ordinary event; Zumba in the Club at Jet Night Club. Yes, Zumba in the Club. This is actually a funraiser by Move for a Cure. Sounds provided by DJ MAJD to keep you dancing all night. View event>
- ART Crush at McGill's Pollack hall seems very promising. Described to be an on-stage chain reaction of artistic performances, this sounds very interesting. With visuals fused to the music, you will be entertained the entire evening. View event>
- Thomas Gold is stopping by New City Gas for a night that you will not forget. If you haven't been to New City Gas, go! Not for one second you will be steady. View event>
- Lilly Allen will be performing at Le Metropolis. Let the british star take you in her world and show you why she calls herself Sheezus. View event>
- For it's third edition, Shake it up 2014 is back at Théâtre St-James. This is another fundraiser event but more laid back than the usual funraiser. It's organized by 3 Points and there is an open bar, need I say more? View event>
Sunday, September 28th
- You have no idea what to with your family or with your friends because the Piknic season is over? Head to Peur Depot in the Old Port. It's haunted house and it will put you in the mood for Fall and Halloween. View event>
- You already know where to go on Sunday nights; Tokyo Bar Sunday! At TBS you will never be let down! Sounds by the Goontribe are awesome and the crowd is so happy and turnt up! View event>
- If you're thinking of going to see a show by local artist. check out Montreal's Catherine Valéry & John Andrew at Divan Orange.View event>
Montreal, where will you party at?
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Melting Pot is the place to be at Just for Laughs in Place des Arts, a first-time festival venue hosting a bunch of sweet musical acts and shows. But, if you had to check out one Melting Pot show, it'd be this Sunday's, because Montreal legend Vilify will be taking the stage, and the whole thing is free of charge.
Vilify will be joined by fellow Montreal DJs Henward, Orphan, and Roots, making this Melting Pot show a collaboration of awesome. The open-air club (with a bar, thankfully) is hosting many shows, most of which are also free. Here's a pic of the schedule, with green slots meaning its gratis.