With Osheaga 2021 announcing its main headliners for the upcoming festival, we couldn't help but wonder: how does Evenko know that such a large event will take place?
While the festival announced that it will be "bigger and better than ever next year, how and if this will pan out is still a bit up in the air.
"Since last March, we are in constant communication with public authorities, but at this time no one can tell with 100% certainty what will happen in the summer. We will follow whatever rules the government lays out," Evenko's media relations told us.
We’ve spoken to the bands and they want to — and have to — start planning for the future, as we do.
The event company explained that planning a festival as big as Osheaga takes time, so they needed to start in advance.
"When the world is ready to safely start rolling again, we need to be ready and have our ducks in order. That cannot be done with a two-month lead time."
We can be rest-assured that Osheaga will follow safety protocols. "Whatever we do, we will be 100% sure that we are doing it responsibly according to whatever guidelines the government and scientific community advise us are the proper ways to proceed, in the ever-evolving situation that we’re living through."
Evenko releasing Osheaga's three main headlines a whole seven and a half months before the actual event was as a way to "remind people that things will get better and we will be able to return to some of the things that give us enjoyment."
Weekend passes for the festival planned for July 30 – August 1, 2021, are already for sale on Osheaga's website.
So, here's to hoping that with a vaccine against COVID-19 on its way to Quebec, we can expect to have a normal summer 2021 here in Montreal — filled with music festivals.
The beloved sitcom Friends may have been taken off Netflix, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to see scenes from your favourite show in action.
Besides downloading Crave and actually watching the episodes, you can also snag yourself some tickets to the Friends musical that's making its way to Montreal in February 2022.
You can see Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Ross, and Chandler at Théâtre Maisonneuve in this iconic New York City off-Broadway on Sunday, February 27, 2022.
"FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV's Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan," the description reads.
Songs you'll get to hear during the FRIENDS! The Musical Parody include:
"495 Grove Street – How Can We Afford This Place?"
"How You Doin'?" – Joey
"We Were On A Break!" – Ross
"Oh. My. God. It's Janice!" – Janice
"Will They or Won't They?" – Ross and Rachel
"The Ballad of Fat Monica"
"Could I BE Anymore...In Love with You" – Chandler
"The One Where We Make a Million Dollars an Episode"
"We'll Always Be There For You"
Tickets go on sale on October 28 at 10 a.m. on Evenko's website.
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody
Courtesy of FRIENDS! The Musical Parody
Address: Théâtre Maisonneuve — 260, boul. de Maisonneuve O. 2nd floor, Montreal, QC
When: February 27, 2022
Why You Need To Go: To see and hear Friends in a whole new light.
As things slowly begin to get back to normal, experiences we missed out on last year are coming back into action. Like Osheaga, which took place during the weekend of October 1 to 3, 2021.
The popular Montreal festival didn't look quite the same as in years past, though. Vaccine passports were required to enter the site and a one-metre distance between festival-goers was enforced.
To ensure proper physical distancing, the site was separated into "private docks" that could fit 500 people inside each section.
But, all these new regulations didn't stop people from having a good time. Nelly Serandour-Amar, an employee at MTL Blog, described her experience by saying, "This was my first concert since the beginning of the pandemic and even though it's not your 'typical' Osheaga, being back in a festival felt so nice. You could feel the energy from the musicians and the crowd which was so contagious. The overall festival felt very safe with it being a fully-vaccinated environment!"
Catch A Flick At The Canada China International Film Festival
When: Starting October 2
Address: Various locations throughout the city and online, including Cinéma Banque Scotia
Why You Need To Go: The festival, which aims to "foster relations between China and Canada," kicks off in Montreal with Saving Chinatown, a short documentary about the threat of gentrification and anti-Asian racism Montreal's Chinatown and Asian community have experienced as a result of COVID-19.
Address: Barranco MTL - 4552, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Love weekend brunch, but want to add a little cultural flair? You'll definitely want to check out this Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau. Bottomless mimosas are available for $30.
Address: Belle Gueule - 5579, ave. Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Ring in October with Oktoberfest at one of Montreal's go-to microbreweries for European-inspired beer. To mark the occasion, they've also added German snacks to their menu: sauerkraut, Bratwurst, traditional pretzels and more.
If you missed ÎleSoniq this past weekend and are still hoping to experience a live outdoor music festival before the cold weather hits, you're in luck. After having to cancel last year, Osheaga is finally happening again from October 1 to 3, 2021.