Music is a channel for anyone and everyone to express themselves. You could be in the back row of a concert just bobbing your head to the beat, front and center raging to the bass with your arms in the air, or you might even be the puppet master behind the helm of the tables throwing down everything you have for the crowd. All of those scenarios come together to create the experience that is electronic music. Of course let's not forget the kicking sound system, jaw grinding light shows and sticky sweaty atmosphere that all throw the exclamation mark on the night. Point being, anyone and everyone has the rare freedom to express themselves however they see fit at electronic events and art gatherings. So let loose your inner being and do NOT miss Mutek kicking off today all around Montreal.
(The City is chalk full of bars and party hot spots, we highly recommend hitting a few before the festivities. The weather has been beautiful aside from today, so feel free to hit a dep and brown paper bag some booze as you walk the summer time city streets. Get your head right before you feel some spine tingling sounds.)
What is Mutek?
"An International festival of digital creativity and electronic music."
It takes place in more than seven venues around Montreal.
The festival only visits three cities worldwide. (Montreal, Barcelona, Mexico City)
Mostly shows consisting of house music along side some new age hip hop.
A chance to let YOU experience the sensation that is HOUSE.
A few artists we chose.
There are an amazing 75 artists that have come from all corners of the globe to be a part of the Mutek movement. For us to go into detail on all of them would be; well it would be a waste of both yours and our time. We want to get you there to feel the vibes for yourself. Below is a little teaser of a few artists that will be providing audio ecstasy for you and your friends.
Montreal this week you shine bright like a diamond! It's Montreal En Lumière and this Saturday will be Nuit Blanche so be ready to pull an all nighter, the good kind. It just means that you get to party all night, litterally! The winter has it's fun side too, people! There's so many things you can do and we put up a list just for you. Here it is Montreal;
Thursday, February 26th
The third edition of La Cuvée d'Hiver will be back at Église St-Enfant-Jésus. Some delicious food, live music and microbrewery beers. Go warm yourself up! View event>
#LeCypher a tribute to Nujabes at Le Bleury is a tribute to excellent producer who left us to soon. Live music, food and good vibes overall, you don't want to miss out on this. View event>
One of our favorite events is MELT at Blizzarts. This week J.U.D. will be joining the lineup. View event>
Vodka lovers, I Love Moscow at Brutus is where you need to go, it's self explanatory. View event>
Fool's Gold's very own Shash'U is resident at Grenade for Jeudis #TBT. Drop by and chill! View event>
Louisahhh!!! with Jay London at Apt.200 will be playing the best in house music. View event>
Friday, February 27th
Random Recipe who will be back from their european tour will be getting on the RBC Scene for MTL en Lumière. This certainly one to check out this week end. View event>
Rowdy rowdy Get Nice at Blizzarts for the ones of you who love to get out the club sweating. It's a good workout! View event>
The RBMA is based in Montreal and is in full force. You don't want to miss RBMA Bass Camp Presents: DJ Quick & Mannie Fresh & Shash'U at Le Belmont! Like really, be there! View event>
Did you know there was a rap battle league in Montreal? DMS Battle Ring at Club Mixte Lounge is a rap battle you want to be to see what they're all about! View event>
Saturday, February 28th
MUTEK with the RBMA Bass Camp at Espace Réunion will pull an all nighter for Nuit Blanche. View event>
Another must see show is La Nuit Tribe at PHI Centre with A Tribe Called Red. The tribal group will have you dancing until you fall asleep! View event>
Art lovers, Station 16 has a special night for you. They'll be offering guided tours of all the Murals of the main. While you wait for your scheduled tour, you can party at the Station 16 art gallery. How lovely is that? View event>
If already know everything about the murals but you love art, check out the Art Attack for Nuit Blanche at Fresh Paint Gallery. View event>
Beat The Clock Saturdays at Muzique is the party to go to when you're tryna dress to impress and pop bottles! View event>
Vinyl addicts, MIMS brings back the 24 Hours of Vinyl to Le Bleury. Can you handle it? View event>
So you think because we've had couple of "sort of" cold days, you're not going to party? It's "sort of" cold and you're still going to work! There are no excuses not to party around here. Put on a light jacket, that you probably won't need anyways, and party with us. We didn't come up with this list for nothing, right? This week's hot spots are waiting for you, here's where you should go;
Thursday, May 29th
There's the Chromatic Block Party at Espace MASSIVart. Presented by MURAL and SaintWoods, there will be arcades, a BBQ, live art and DJ's. It's from 2pm to 7pm. This will be great and you want to go. It will put you in the summer spirit. See you there! View event>
Then, go to a bar or go home and watch the game! Go Habs Go!
There is MELT012 at Blizzarts. Want to dance all night to some ear candy by Nick Wisdom and others? This is the place to go. View event>
Check out Nick Wisdom's track below
The Mutek Festival is going on and Richie Hawtin will be at the Metropolis. If you're into experimental music, this will definitely interest you. View event>
Friday, May 30th
For a relax/laid back type of night, check out Cris Derksen, Kristin Lane Sinclair and Laure Ortman at Café Aléatoire. The cello and the beats will mesmerize you. View event>
There's Chromatic's Closing Event at Espace MASSIVart. Espace MASSIVart is a great party host and Chromatic gave so many great events, it will be hard to say goodbye. Go celebrate with them and us one last time. View event>
For the EDM lovers, the Sharpsphere Music Festival at Theatre Plaza will supply you with plenty of it. Regoton and others will be on deck. View event>
Hopefully, the Habs will win the game tonight and there will be a game 7. Watch it! Hopefully, they win that one too and I hope I'm not cursing them with this.
Hip Hop Head? Check out the Cypher Brew at Hip Hop Café. Lyrics, flows, bars and coffee will be on the menu. View event>
Some of Montreal's north shore producers will be in the city for a night of good beats. Check out The North Virus & Rami.B at B1 Bar. View event>
Salsa? You have to see Willie Colon at Centre Congress et Banquet Renaissance. If you know a tiny bit about salsa, you know Willie Colon is a legend and that nobody plays the trumpet like him. You do not want to miss his show, it might be the last time you get to see him perform live. View event>
Press play below and even if you're at work, will you dare to get your salsa on. Not literally!
Sunday, June 1st
Do we really need to tell you that it will go down at Piknic Électronik at Parc Jean Drapeau? It's the MUTEK edition. Just in case you were wondering, it will be awesome! View event>
For a special and intriguing event, you want to attend Saboteur Production's Dear Armen at the Secret Location. It's an audience immersive theatre experience inspired by the life of Armen Ohanian; an enigmatic Armenian performer and poet who survived early 20th-century anti-Armenian pogroms. The location will be unveiled the day of. View event>
To end the day, and you still want to drink and party, Tokyo Bar Sundays is the place to go. View event>
As always, Montreal is spoiling you with tons of cool events to check out all weekend long. Montreal En Lumiere is wrapping up on Sunday, but not before giving us our favorite night of the year - Nuit Blanche - on Saturday and we've already got you covered on that front. Need more weekend fun? Don't worry, we have your it all planned out for you.
Thursday, Feb. 27th
Red Bull and I Love Neon bring you the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp which kicks off on Thursday and runs until March 2nd. Thursday's lineup includes Lunice, Tommy Kruise, High Klassified, and Shash'U at Le Belmont. View event >
Friday, Feb. 28th
A Snap Shots party is guaranteed to be a great time full of inebriation and dancing, brought to you by the sweet tunes of David-Lee of Backpacker Music, DJ Kassimo and Jay & Nedd. Free before 11 and only $5 afterwards (with a free shot), you need to check it out. View event >
The romance between 2108 Club Terrace and everyone's favorite app, Tinder, continues to blossom this Friday. 'Social discovery', drinks and one of Montreal's most elegant clubs will make this a night to remember.
LAN ETS 2014 starts on Friday - gamers, get ready! Whether you're a hardcore player, or just a fan, come check out Canada's biggest LAN Party this weekend, with games such as League of Legends and NHL'14.
Always a blast - FUNKtastique Fridays is at it again at La Porte Rouge; definitely a good call for your weekend. View event >
Wishing you were in New Orleans hitting up the French Quarter for Mardi Gras? We've got the next best thing, right here, in Montreal. Check out Clebard's Mardi Gras party this Friday! View event >
Night #2 of the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp is happening at the Societe des Arts Technologiques. You'll be rocking out to Killer Mike, Araabmuzik and DJ Yella all night long. View event >
Flex Fridays, at Tokyo Bar, are one of our weekend staples. A $5 cover charge gets you into the best urban mainstream party on the island. View event >
Saturday, Mar. 1st
MOTO presents ICHI, featuring Silver Gods, Dr. MaD, Cannonhead, Jei BANDIT & RrKelly. Cover is $5 all night and MTL Blog will be hosting the livestream from 10 PM - 3 AM. View event >
The Montreal Chinese Community Center brings us Rise 2014, the perfect way to celebrate the Lunar New Year in urban style. They promise an even bigger and better party than last year's amazing time. View event >
Feel like connecting with your moon cycle, doing some yoga and then dancing to some old school beats? Check out the New Moon Psychedelic Mass at Il Motore. Be prepared - there will be a surprise time warp and we're not sure what that means, but we're definitely excited. View event >
Steve's Music Store is taking part in Nuit Blanche by holding a wireless concert, led by composer Vergil Sharkya. What's a wireless concert? Basically, everyone wears wireless headphones for an intimate, sensory experience. View event >
Night #3 of the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp is happening at UQAM and they are going ALL OUT. You'll be spending the night with performers from MUTEK 15/15, a festival of electronic music and digital arts - be there. View event >
Imagine four days of parties, music and talent featuring some of your favorite local and international DJ's and producers. Dream no more, because Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp is bringing just that to Montreal.
Haven't heard about Red Bull's Music Academy? The institution provides producers, engineers, vocalists, songwriters, instrumentalists, DJs and producers with an opportunity to gain hands on experience and involvement in the evolution of music. This year, Red Bull Music Academy is taking Montreal by storm.
For four consecutive days of Bass Camp, various local and international music pioneers will be hosting studio sessions, workshops and lectures at the Phi Centre. Once the sun goes down, these talented musicians will be hosting the weekend's hottest parties at various venues around Montreal.
Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp is taking over the city of Montreal for its eccentric music scene. This city has a massive underground music culture which continuously spreads the streets with youth and vibe. Many of the musicians featured in this year's Bass Camp are homegrown artists that call Montreal home, making this city a representation of talent and energy.
We've got the full itinerary for Red Bull Music Academy's Montreal Bass Camp!
Thursday, February 27th: Bump and grind to beats, bass and electronica @ Le Belmont
Why you should go: Support local talents, Lunice, Tommy Kruise, High Klassified and Sash'u by checking out these four acts of homegrown music. Lunice is one of Red Bull Academy's very own graduate and his sets never disappoint. Buy tickets here
Friday, February 28th: Bust out your hip- hop moves a @ S.A.T
Why you should go:Killer Mike, Araabmuzic and DJ Yella from across the border will keep your head bumping and your feet stomping all night long. Killer Mike once appeared in the Outkast's Grammy winning song "The Whole World" so he's bound to bring back some of those old school beats! Buy tickets here
Saturday, March 1st: Electronic, house & techno @ UQAM, Coeur Des Sciences
Why you should go: For years, Mutek has gained a reputation of providing North America with one of the best electronic music and digital arts experience. Buy tickets here
Sunday, March 2nd: Hip- hop & electo @ Phi Centre
Why you should go: Experience the perfect collision between hip hop and electro with Egyptian Lover, Jeremy Greenspan and Prison Garde for a night of sound fusion. Buy tickets here
Red Bull Acadamey's Bass Camp is definitely worth checking out! Be sure to SURF their website for the full bios of your favorite local and international musicians.