Ahead of the upcoming UFC 186 happening at the Bell Centre on April 25, head commentator and all-round funny man, Joe Rogan will be visiting our fair city.
Joe Rogan, not to be confused with Seth Rogen, usually performs a stand-up comedy show the night before all UFC Fight Nights, and this stop in Montreal is no exception.
It's been a couple of years since everyone's favourite NewsRadio handyman has been to the city, but it's been confirmed that Rogan will return to Montreal for an ultimate comedy concert performance on Friday, April 24 at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre at 7:30 PM.
So whether you're a fan of his color commentary for the UFC, or his popular podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience", here's your chance to see the man himself in person. Tickets go on sale this Friday, but his shows always sell out quick fast, so get on it.
Travelling in the fall is seriously underrated - the changing leaves are gorgeous, you won't freeze or melt, and your travel costs are cut way down in the off-season. Not to mention a long weekend away can really help you decompress if the semester is really starting to get to you.
Now before you read this and ask, "What about Quebec City? Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean? New York?" let me direct you over to Synden's awesome article from last year.
1. Stratford, Ontario
Your perfect destination if: You enjoy art, theatre, and chilling on the water
The drive: 6 h 15 min via ON 401-W
What to do in Stratford:
Enjoy plays and musicals at the Stratford Festival (obviously)
Go on a boat tour - or rent your own boat!
Eat yummy but affordable food in charming restaurants
2. Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Your perfect destination if: You want to enjoy the mountain air and you don’t want to drive very far
The drive: 1 h 25 min via Autoroute 15 N
What to do in Mont Tremblant:
Commune with nature by hiking, biking, and riding the gondola up to the top of the mountain
Get your blood pumping with rock climbing, dune buggy-driving, luging, and ziplining
Enjoy the restaurants and quaint shops in the walking village
It’s summer in Montreal and we all know what that means: time for festival madness at Osheaga! With headliners like Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, Weezer, Kygo, Nas, and ALT-J, and an amazing lineup overall, this year’s Osheaga is looking to be one of the best yet.
What better way to end a day in the sun than with a night in the club? In a city packed with over 100,000 festival goers, that's infamous for its nightlife, Osheaga offers an insane array of pre and post parties to keep you dancing 'til the sun comes up. Avoid missing out on some of the best nights of the year by hitting up these ten.
Here are the 10 best after/pre-parties of Osheaga 2015:
1. Sango + CRi + Dead Horse Beats Osheaga After-Party
Looking for some experimental tri hop and electronic funk, an insane soundsystem, and the otherworldly ambiance of Montreal's best new club? Look no further than the Osheaga After Party with Sango, CRi, and Dead Horse Beats hosted by Samourais des Jungles Urbaines at Newspeak and get ready to dance.
2. Osheaga Official After-Party: Young Fathers and Shash'u
Come see Young Fathers, the controversial Scottish hip hop group that won the 2014 Mercury Prize, at the Phi Center. With their new album, White Men Are Black, out in April, Young Fathers continues to discuss racial issues and make an international reputation for themselves as an innovative, outspoken hip hop group. With Montreal's own Shash'u, this is going to be a crazy funk and hip hop night.
3. Afterparty Officiel: Brodinsky and Cashmere Cat
Looking for a massive crowd and that bassline? Get a ticket to the Official Osheaga Afterparty at the appropriately named Société des Arts Technologiques for the sweet French beats that made Brodinski famous and Cashmere's Cat's eerie Norwegian synth.
5. Mykki Blanco, Shaydakiss, Jay'dore, and River Lance Osheaga Pre-Party
Known for rapping about everything from historical figures to gay sex, Mykki Blanco is not to be missed at Newspeak's Osheaga Pre-Party this year. Come enjoy the performance of one of the hottest names in NY hip hop--Mykki Blanco--at this Osheaga pre-party under Newspeak's eerie lights.
7. Klangkarussell, Adrien Mitchel, and Hools Osheaga After-Party
After their massively successful hit "Sonnentanz," Adrian Held and Tobias Riese of Klangkarussell have continued to turn out sets that will get any club hopping. Come to Newspeak for an after-party that will make you dance until your feet hurt.
8. Afterparty Officiel: The OBGMS, Les Deuxluxes, and The Castagne's
Wishin' for some punk rock, a seriously sultry female vocalist, and a crowd that will appreciate your retro style? Grab a double IPA for The OBGMs and Les Deuxlues at Cabaret Lion d'Or and be ready to twist your heart out.
Watch Nas' 2014 documentary on the inception of his famous debut album and the people and experiences that influenced his development as an artist. After the screening there will be a Q&A with Director One9 and Producer Erik Parker, ending with an After Party featuring special guests.
10. Afterparty Officiel: N'to, THYLACINE, and Van Did
Minimal, smooth techno and a variety of genres? Yes please. Come get your groove on with headliner N'to accompanied by Thylacine, an up-and-coming French DJ, and Van Did, a local gem, at the Osheaga's Official After-Party hosted by Festival MEG Montreal and I Love Neon.
Montreal has lost the Angels, Kokino’s and Domes of its prime, only to have them replaced with imitations. Many of the places that clubbers flocked to every weekend in their heyday are being erased from today’s landscape. These absent locales are where countless people enjoyed some of the most intense and vital moments of their lives, and a whole generation learned about the highs and the lows of uncontrolled debauchery. And while there’s nothing worse than the clubbers of yesteryear going on about how the music and the parties were so much better ‘back in the day,’ we should give these classic institutions more reverence.
The club closures in Montreal are too many to list all at once, so here’s another collection of Montreal clubs that have been closed but will always hold a place close to our timeworn hearts.
One of the clubs that owed its glitter balls to the city's warehouse scene at the turn of the '90s. Millennium Nightclub quickly established itself as one of the major players on the Montreal party scene. The combination nightclub and after-hours attracted a varied clientele who just wanted to dance until the sun came up.
Kokino’s on St. Laurent Boulevard was the original venue for bottle service. Kokino’s was always packed Friday and Saturday nights and the upbeat, sometimes-unexpected ,blend of old favorites and current hits guaranteed a funky night of dance and drinks.
A standout among the rest of the clubs on the Main. This place was different for two reasons - the crowd and the scene. The crowd was a mix of rich & poor, fashionista & trendsetter… it was the place to see and be seen. Disalvios was the first of the high spending supper clubs - minus the supper.
A warehouse-style bar that was, in the opinion of many, the best club aesthetically in Montreal. The sound, the people, and the music were the most important factors. The elements of a great party were all there - a raw, intimate venue, great sound, wicked lights and an eclectic crowd.
The Village’s after-hours club was a tribute to both Montreal and the Village’s happening vibe. Put at the forefront of the DJ scene, this after-hours complex invited the finest international DJs to perform on its elevated DJ platform.
Home of Montreal’s HEC Thursday night bashes, Cathedral was one of the many clubs that called Saint Laurent their home. It had a gothic exterior, but the gothness stopped there. It was trendy, but it didn’t take itself too seriously. Le Cathedral served up great prices, tasty drinks, and happening beats that were sure to please all.
This was the place to be when you felt the need to let it all hang out. Octagon was on the riverfront with a great outdoor terrace. After limelight closed, this was the GO-TO place for the best music in Montreal.
Balroom Bar offered a grandiose décor with a relaxed, chilled-out atmosphere. It was a good-old St-Laurent style nightclub with a small dance floor, sandwiched between two large bars that gave it a more intimate atmosphere, complete with sofas for lounging in front of your own bottle.
Keeping clubbers partying and dancing since 2001, Club Parking was one of the biggest gay clubs in Montreal. It was equipped with exceptional lighting and sound systems that let loose to the pounding electro, house and hip-hop rhythms. House was the foundation upon which this club was built.
Blossoming teens had their first drink at Angel’s. Bumping and grinding was invented at Angel’s to the commercial hip-hop that used to be blasted there. The corner of St-Laurent and Prince-Arthur is now known as Rouge, but for past generations it will always be known as the club that started it all - Angel’s.
The 16th edition of MUTEK has confirmed their lineup for its free shows in May 2015! So, let's get our techno on! The festival dedicated to Electronic, Techno and Experimental music is gathering more than 80 live performances from 110 artists, from countries such as UK, France, USA, Mexico and many more!
This year, they offer four free outdoor stage Experiences from May 28th until May 31st on top of selling tickets for access to all shows!
Here's the free show schedule from the official MUTEK page . You can click on artist's names to check out their music or here to hear an awesome mix of all these artists by Vincent Lemieux: