Another month brings a new slew of shows to check out in Montreal, and with Die Antwoord, La Roux, and Motel Raphael all set to take to the stage, June is gonna be a good month for music. Read on and find out about the shows you shouldn't miss this June.
Why you're going: La Roux found a lot of success almost immediately upon starting her career with singles like "In for the Kill' and 'Bulletproof'. After a few years on hiatus, La Roux is back with a brand new record, killer new tracks, and what will undoubtedly be a really fantastic live show.
Why you're going: With no recent album releases, The Kills are set to be playing their show in Montreal with the hits off their four studio albums; Keep On Your Mean Side, No Wow, Midnight Boom, and Blood Pressures. Their fans will enjoy a night of the bands' greatest hits, and if you're a fan of The White Stripes, Patti Smith, or even LCD Soundsystem, this might be a great reason for you to discover some new music!
Why you're going: The French Alt/Rock band has a lot of celebrities that have named them as a musical favorite. Their distinct sound and talent have made them really stand out in the industry since they got started 15 years ago.
Why You're Going: The 25 year old German producer is best known for his work on the track 'Clarity', and has since played around with many other genres like dubstep, progressive house, and classical. It's going to be a packed night at NCG!
Why you're going: The Grammy Award winning DJ has a ton of hits with his own music, and also with the remixes of songs he's done by big names including Kylie Minogue, No Doubt, Daft Punk, and Maroon 5. Wonder what he'll play for Montreal...
Why you're going: Krewella has played Montreal several times before, and concert-goers always come out of the show raving about how great the set was. They're not only known for mixing many different genres; they know how to get you dancing!
Why you're going: The very talented singer-songwriter always puts on an absolutely stellar show when he's in town. And really, there's a reason his music has been featured on hit TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. It's fantastic.
Why you're going: These very talented ladies from Montreal are gearing up to release their debut album 'Cable TV', which was created after raising funds via IndieGogo. The campaign went well beyond it's 5K goal, showing just how invested their fans already are in seeing them succeed. This is going to be a very exciting show in the city!
Why you're going: The Jezabels became successful immediately after the release of their debut album, and recently released their sophomore record (in January). The four-piece band always put on a great, upbeat show, and this one will definitely include tons of new music for fans to enjoy.
Why you're going: Lindsey Stirling is a YouTube SENSATION that you will absolutely, most definitely, not want to miss in concert. She has performed with Pentatonix, and in 2012 her song 'Crystallize' was the 8th most watched video on YouTube. She's also a professional violinist, and was on America's Got Talent in 2010. Sounds like a lot will be happening at Metropolis on June 16th!
Why you're going: Did you say acoustic... Rock? Swoon! Tyler Ward has opened for the likes of The Fray, Boyce Avenue, and The Jonas Brothers. His charm and talent have not only gotten him on notable tours, but a couple nods from Billboard, as well as a major label. There are definitely big things ahead for this musician!
Why you're going: Both these Montreal acts are performing as part of the city's Fringe Festival, which brings together the greatest talent MTL has to offer. Between the Soul Pop sound of Chic Gamine and the upbeat, indie pop Lakes of Canada, you're in for an awesome night.
Why you're going: Another standout show at Montreal's Fringe Festival, these three Canadian acts are almost unbelievable to think of all together. The energy and creative sound that they each bring to the table are going to keep Divan Orange up and dancing for sure. If you're looking for some good new music, definitely check these guys out!
Why you're going: Diamond Bones are an up & coming act from Montreal with an album due out later this year, and Geographer are a great headlining act from San Francisco with a great Indie Rock vibe fit for our city, and of course, for Divan Orange.
Why you're going: Beck has practically become a household name since he first became famous in the 90's, and has remained at the top of his game all these years by continuing to remain creative and innovative in his music. Also? Place Des Arts is one of the greatest places to experience music in Montreal!
Why you're going: This Canadian band wasn't named Exclaim's best punk album of the year in 2010 for no reason; they have really nailed exactly what it means to create music in this genre, and will be performing all their greatest songs in the comfort of the cozy Divan Orange on St.Laurent.
Montreal is a mecca of festivals, we all know it. But, as the weather warms up, we want to see and do more. If you combine this desire with the inherent love of music that can be found in 99% of Montrealers, then you can only come to one possible result - summer of out-of-town music festivals.
We've put together a list of the 10 best music festivals happening in the surrounding areas - all are six hours or less by car. We've got you covered - everything from country to electronic to rock. Get out your calendar, mark all of these down, and get planning for the best summer ever.
Who: Literally everyone you can think of, from Lady Gaga to Billy Joel to Snoop Dogg - the list goes on and on.
Why: Besides all of the big names who will be playing, this festival is Canada's biggest and it would be a shame to miss it. Approximately 1.5 million people attend the Festival d'été de Québec every year, so obviously, they're doing something right. As if all of those reasons weren't enough, here's one more: festival passes (for all 11 days) are only $78 right now!
How: A little under three hours away, it's pretty easy to get there. Here's a tip: if you don't have a car, you can always check out the rideshare listings on Craigslist. It's basically modern hitchhiking... except you pay for it.
Who: Digital Dreams' headliners include Tiesto, Deep Dish, Justice, Victor Calderone, The Chainsmokers (of #selfie fame) and more.
Why: Digital Dreams is, quite literally, the biggest electronic music festival in Canada. It's happening Canada Day weekend which means you don't even have to take any time off from work to attend. Tickets are starting at about $220 for general admission, but if you want to get real fancy, split the 15 person VIP Package with your closest friends ($7,000) - you'll get bottle service, food, incredible seating, vip bathrooms, and so much more. Need convincing? Check out our pictures from Digital Dreams 2013.
How: You can get to Toronto pretty much any way, except maybe walking. Grab a Porter flight to Billy Bishop or get on a train.. it's so easy to get there, you literally have no excuse to not go.
Why: OVO Fest is Drake's music festival and it's ridiculously good. Every year, he always surprises the crowd with awesome, surprise guests and just that alone, is a good reason to attend. Add to that, the fact that everyone raves about the energy of this festival and you've got the recipe for a great time. Single-day passes are about $66 and two-day passes range anywhere from $120 to $350.
How: To really make Drake proud and get in the spirit of OVO Fest, you should probably hop on your private jet, stocked with Hennessy, decked out in tuscan leather.. well, we don't need to tell you, you already know how it is.
Who: AWOLNATION, Rise Against, Papa Roach, Black Tiger Sex Machine
Why: So, you're probably wondering, what is this? 20 years ago, in this town in Eastern Quebec, this festival was created to mimic the fun-loving, peaceful vibe of the original Woodstock. Not Woodstock-y enough for you? Rent a camping area ($45), bring your tent and spend 5 days listening to good music under the stars. Don't be surprised when you see how many people will be there - this festival sees about 78,000 visitors over its length. 5-day passes start at $75.
How: This is really the type of festival that makes you feel like you're in another world - you've never heard of it, it's far away (a little over three hours) and everyone speaks a different language (if you're an anglophone) so, we say, make it a road trip with your friends! Bring a ton of junk food, drinks, disconnect from your life in Montreal for a few days and have a blast. You won't regret it.
When: Festival June 28-29; Club Series June 30; Canada Day July 1
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
Who: All of your favorites - Dada Life, Danny Tenaglia, Fedde Legrand, Victor Calderone, and more
Why: This is a unique experience. June 28th and 29th, live the Escapade Music Festival with local and international talents. June 30th, the Escapade Club Series make its debut - DJs will be taking over clubs all over downtown Ottawa. Finally, it all culminates on July 1st, for a Canada Day celebration of epic proportions. Hold on - wait until you see what this is going to cost you: $139 for 2-day festival pass and $37.50 for the Canada Day party. The Club Series events range between $15-$20. Check out our pictures from Escapade 2013 to die of jealousy.
How: You can walk to Ottawa. No, really, I checked - only 38 hours (gets a little tricky with the highways at one point).
Why: Is Calvin Harris not a good enough reason? Veld is epic rave madness - neon everything, half-naked people, incredible performances - if you don't believe us, just check out how much fun we had last year... Don't lie, you're buying your ticket right now, aren't you?
How: Damn Toronto, why do you have to have so many cool festivals? Not to worry though, we have just as many - if not more - and we know you'll all be flocking to us all summer.
Who: Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips and more.
Why: This festival is brand spanking new and it sounds INCREDIBLE. Four stages, interactive art installations, carnival rides, a game center and more await you at the Hudson Music Project. This three-day event offers something for everyone and is camping-optional. You know what that means - you and your tent are going to be best buds this summer. Don't have a tent or RV? No problem, the festival has 'luxury tents' for all of you glampers out there. 3-day packages start at $199.
How: Ok, so you do need to leave the country for this one, but we think it'll definitely be worth it. Saugerties, NY is only a little over 4 hours away which means, it's actually closer than Toronto! Don't forget your passport!
Who: Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Tegan & Sara
Why: Although a little further away, this festival's indie vibe is the perfect focal point of a road trip with friends. This is an all-ages event with only two stages, which means that you get to see everything - no running around between shows! This would be a great way to kick off your summer of music festivals. Tickets start as low as $50 (one day) and $135 (weekend).
How: Boston Calling takes place during Memorial Day weekend in the US so use that to your advantage! Take Monday off work and explore Boston, find a memorial day party and enjoy!
Who: Blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Billy Talent.. and so, so many more.
Why: This is Canada's largest rock music festival and it's located in the small, quiet town of Montebello. How perfect is that? Tickets for the whole weekend start at $129. These are big names people, so you just know they'll give big performances. Get ready for some head-banging, mosh-pitting good times.
How: Surprise! Although you've never heard of it before, Montebello is only 1.5 hours away from us. Easy as pie! Actually, if you walk, it'd take you less time than your walk to Ottawa (and it'll be a good warm up).