- The Montreal promoters KickDrum are in search of living rooms to host live music shows in, and yours could be next!
- DIY venues are taking over the Montreal music scene due to rises in large venue prices.
- Find out how you can be the host for one of these unique events below!
Have you ever dreamed of turning your living room into the newest and hippest DIY venue in Montreal? You can make your dreams a reality thanks to local Montreal promoters KickDrum!
"KickDrum is a local event promoter/organizer. We operate as a non-profit, so anyone who works for us does so on a volunteer basis. Josh Spencer started KickDrum in 2015 as an avenue for smaller artists to book shows without the hassle and on the cheap," says Elizabeth, a founding member of KickDrum. "One of our initiatives was the Backyard Sessions, a summer series of shows in the backyard of a café that is by donation and features emerging local artists."
DIY spaces are slowly becoming the go-to venue for many local artists and musicians as access to established music venues in Montreal is becoming more difficult in the face of rising rents.
So, to help foster and establish new avenues for a troubled music scene in Montreal, KickDrum and Like Spinning Tapes have put out a call for hosts and artists for their Living Room Series!
If you're concerned about the logistics of such an undertaking, don't worry! KickDrum will bring their wealth of experience putting together DIY shows and will guarantee that your home will be taken care of.
"The whole idea behind the Living Room Sessions was for something cozy during the winter, something cheap for people to attend, and some free food, because who doesn’t love free dinner with a show!" Hosts will also benefit from hosting a show as they'll get to enjoy free food and awesome music along with everyone else.
KickDrum has extensive experience in putting on shows. They've been hosting new and established acts since 2015.
"I was inspired to make this series happen after both helping put together this year's Backyard Sessions, and hosting house shows at my apartment in my spare time," says Elizabeth.
"We’ve put on tons of shows and watched some of our favourite musicians 'make it' which is always exciting to see! Josh has since taken a step back from KickDrum to focus on his career, and in the meantime, myself and my partners have stepped in to keep it up and running."
"The DIY segment of Montreal’s music scene has always struck me as the most vibrant and currently relevant. Shows feel more intimate, artists feel more at ease playing experimental or new material, and money or status doesn’t play a prominent role which I think is key given the rising cost of living and the cost of booking & attending shows in the city," says Elizabeth.
So, you want to be a host? Here's what you need to know:
"The types of spaces we are looking for are BIG living rooms or basements that can fit between 25 and 50 people comfortably. Additionally, they need to be in apartments where it’s safe to make some noise and not upset neighbours. Currently, we already have 4 people who have volunteered their homes!"
KickDrum is also looking for artists to fill their Living Room Series! Everyone is welcome, but priority will be given to musicians that aren't super loud. But of course, it all depends on the space.
"Some spaces we will host in have constraints on the amount of noise we can make and some don’t—so expect a range from fully unplugged acoustic-folk nights to louder five-piece band nights. Also, electronic acts will be in the mix! With any luck, we will have a basement rave and ambient night during the series!" says Elizabeth.
If you want to host or perform for KickDrum's Living Room Series, please visit their official Facebook page!
KickDrum will be hosting their next event at the Diving Bell Social Club this Friday, November 8.
Interview responses have been edited for clarity.