A lot of Nirvana's biggest fans these days were basically toddlers when the band was in their prime, which means that we never had the opportunity to watch them live. In 1991, Nirvana played at Montreal's very own Foufounes Electriques and we've stumbled upon incredibly raw footage of their show.
This is Kurt Cobain happy and loving life. This is Nirvana as we should remember them. This is the calm before the storm, when their only concern was making music that spoke to the misunderstood and overlooked part of their generation.
This show actually only had an audience of about 150 people and it was right before "Smells Like Teen Spirit" blew up on the charts. What we wouldn't give to go back in time and see this - anyone have a DeLorean we can borrow?
These videos are especially fitting since the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death is right around the corner. Turn the volume up and enjoy.
Before the massive international success of American Idiot, but after the still-pretty-popular album Dookie Green Day came to Montreal and someone got it on tape. I like to refer to this period as "prime Green Day," when the band had some actual edge and they had yet to completely sell out. Personal opinion, but either way, its pretty sweet to have video footage of their 1994 Montreal performance.
Playing at Foufounes Électriques on March 23rd 1994, Green Day performed to a crowd of Montreal fans. Using an old school camcorder (cellphone recorders weren't really a thing yet) one fan got some footage of the band playing the single "One Of My Lies."
Watch Green Day in Montreal below:
Want another moment of Montreal rock-history? See Nirvana playing on the same stage here.
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Located right in the heart of Old Montreal, it’s a great place to begin the night. At entrance level, there is a large central bar surrounded by elevated lounge areas to one side and some high tables at the other. This is a no-nonsense kind of bar, meaning they specialize in classic cocktails such as the Caesar, but instead of Vodka they use Mescal.Despite being in the Vieux Port, this place is only celebrating one year in business. What’s new? Their terrasse! Could it get more appealing as far as finding a place in one of the nicest spots in Mtl? It’s the only champagne bar in the city and had all the aficionados in a frenzy when it opened. Did we mention they do oysters? Treat your guest to a bit of city class why don’t you?Another gem in the tourist hub of Old Montreal, this spot is particularly great for a ladies night out. Okay fellas can come too. There are live Djs every night – so you got more than one person mixing up your night!This place has really been the talk of the town lately. This massive dance club is set in an 1859 industrial space. There is nothing, however, passé about it. Drink, dance and be merry. Great place to show someone how Montrealers like to party!Club and concert venue. How could you go wrong? It’s been around since 1983 so it’s practically a Montreal heritage site as far as night life is concerned in this city. The club's inner decor includes graffiti covered walls and strange sculptures. If your guest is into underground or alternative styles of music or just wants to try something different… This should be your next destination. Put your punk/alternative cap on!Aah, Montreal’s Plateau area. If you want your guests to get to know the hip and sophisticated scene bring them to this spot. Loungey and ambient music, to upbeat house tracks will serenade you as you sip your sexy cocktails one after the other. The window’s along the street side of the bar open up onto one of the most vibrant streets of the city: St. Laurent.Nothing says it's summer in Montreal more than drinking beers on their huge terrasse. It has 4 floors plus a basement and beer garden out back. There’s karaoke on some nights and a dance floor at the very top. So if you want to make some (embarrassing) memories, this might be a great way to kick off your tourist’s adventure in our city.No trip to this city would be complete without a ride on Chez Serge’s mechanical bull. If our Montreal Canadiens mascot Youppi can have a go, why couldn’t you? Liquid courage, my friends, liquid courage. Definitely a video or picture (or ten) to show off to your friends back home.This bar celebrated 20 years of service last year and they’re still going strong. Crescent is full of bars to bar hop with your out-of-towners, and while this place is far from luxurious it gets the booze flowing – and cheap.They’ve got over 300 cocktail selections. They do one heck of an Old Fashioned. They’ve got a sexy interior that boasts a dark brown and mahogany paint décor, and have long wooden tables and chocolate-hued chairs. A DJ spins a variety of upbeat tunes each night of the week, and Sundays feature different live musicians.
You probably went ridiculously wild partying last weekend for long weekend and you're trying to take it easy this time. Nice try! There's a bunch of fun stuff to do and you know you want to be there. As usual, we gathered the events we believe are the hottest in the city for you. Here's what's popping in Montreal starting tonight;
Thursday, May 22nd
First off, for those who haven't given up on the Habs, catch the game on your phones, computers or TV at home or at any bar around the city! Go Habs Go!
For the designers, there is The SIDIM Design Show taking place at Place Bonaventure. It starts today but will be going on throughout the weekend. View event>
For a relax cocktail type of night, how about the We Got An EP, We Throwin' A Party at Loft Le 4ème. This is Maridee Nox’s new EP “NOX” release party. Go vibe to DJ Dr.Mad soothing sounds. View event>
There's Morcheeba At Metropolis. The trip hop/folk rock group will definitely enlighten the Metropolis. View event>
Check out their track:
Friday, May 23rd
You know you love beer and there is the Pabst Punk Party at Nacho Libre. Pretty girls and lots of beer will be at the rendez-vous. View event>
Of course, FUNKtastique Fridays at La Porte Rouge. There is always a sexy fun party crowd that gathers up there. If you're looking for an "I don't care, I want to get drunk tonight" sort of night, go there! View event>
There's a trap/rap type night for the Rage Carnival 4.0 at Foufounes Électriques. That will be a wild night to the sounds of The Ragers and others. View event>
If you like house and funk and flat out good music, MELT x Saintwoods Friday Night Pop-Up at 3643 St-Laurent App.200 is the place you want to be. For sure this will be a great night, when you combine the beautiful place that is App.200 and the great music by Nick Wisdom, POMO and others. View event>
Don't know how to start your Saturday night outings? There is the LIVe For The Cause Cocktail Gala at Espace Reunion. This is a charity event and all of the proceeds will go to The Donald Berman YALDEI Developmental Center. Nice way to have a good time supporting a good cause. View event>
You certainly do not want to miss The Supreme Laziness Release Party presented By SJU & HW&W at Cabaret Underworld! This one is kind of like a biggie. The Celestic's EP dropped two days ago and they were loud! Added to the lineup there's Pomo, STWO & Kenlo. All we can say is, be there! View event>
An event you do NOT want to miss is the Chromatic Night with Tommy Kruise and others at Chalet du Mont Royal. It will be a particular night with projections by the PHI Center, installations and hey, you're on top of a mountain with great beats! See you guys there. View event>
If you didn't get enough partying done because you're a party freak and you can't be sopped, there's Chromatic After Party at Espace MASSIVart. with beats by POMO + Ryan Playground + Grandbuda + Claire UNTIL 5AM!!! View event>
Oh yeah, we know you want to be everywhere at the same time. It is obviously impossible but there is something called bar hopping, try it!
Sunday, May 25th
If you want to have brunch on Sunday, not too early because you're too hungover yet, want more booze and a classy party atmosphere, the Boozy Brunch Sundays at Terrasses Bonsecours is the place for you. Their bistro/terasse is the perfect spot to be for a beautiful day with mimosas! View event>
You know want to go to Piknic Électronik at Parc Jean Drapeau because you can't stop yourself from partying! On the stage will be local artists Noo-Bap, Tommy Kruise, Mightykat and more. View event>
If you're still not done partying, Tokyo Bar Sundays is your spot! The sounds by Goontribe will satisfy the party beast that resides in you. View event>
Just outside of Montreal is a strangely named cafe that made a few of us crack up a bit with laughter. More on the name later, but it got us to thinking, what other bizarre/stupid/hilariously named places are there in Montreal?
With a handful of languages to work with, resto/business/venue names in Montreal have a lot to linguistically work with. Some succeed, other fail, to an epic degree, and it is awesome. FB links are included so you know we ain't making this stuff up.
Many thanks to the Montreal redditors who helped out with this post by answering the thread we started. Sorry to be sneaky.
The one that started it all. You'll find this gem along highway 20 in Dorval, which gains its name from the outdated 'net slang for "woohoo." Doesn't even look like its an internet cafe...you just know some 50 year old named this joint to appeal "to all those kids on that there interwebs." See it for yourselves here.
To everyone who isn't a pervy anime fanboy, "hentai" refers to japanimated porn that usually involves tentacles and incredibly large breasted women. Exactly the kind of imagery you want associated with your sushi restaurant, which despite the name, is apparently pretty delicious.
This sounds like it could be a low-budget French horror film that features radioactively enlarged overweight women who begin trashing cities. In reality, it's just a hip store catering to plus-sized women.
Strip clubs get a little more leeway in terms of ridiculous names (Super Sexe) but Octopussy is something else entirely. Not only is the mental image kind of horrific, the strip clubs shares its name with a 1983 James Bond flick. The 80s were a very different time.
Cheap beer, cool bands, and a name that basically means electric vagina? This bar really does have it all...
Do I even need to explain this one? Fukyu to those who don't get it. Unfortunately now closed, but it was fun while it lasted. See it here.
Another strip-club that goes well beyond what is normal, for strip clubs at least. On the one hand it sounds like a branch of specially trained prostitutes used by the government, on the other, it sounds like the dead body of a cat. Both are equally funny/disturbing, depending on your tastes.
Chez Ma Grosse Truie Cherie
Don't ever call your significant other this name, which translates to "my big/fat darling sow." Maybe not best to take them on a date to this spot without telling the name either, they may get the wrong message and think you lied about how they don't look fat in their jeans.
What does Angry Birds have to do with food? You're right, nothing at all. That didn't stop this new restaurant from making the connection. They do sell chicken, so that makes some sense. Anyone else smell a lawsuit brewing over this one?
So there's "Kimbap" the popular sushi-esqu Korean dish, which could have been what this resto was going for. Maybe there was no type involved, and the owners are just named Kim and Bob and thought it'd be fun to name the restaurant after themselves. If so, they were half right, but its more funny than fun.