As amazing as Igloofest was this year, everyone knows Montreal is all about its summer festivals, and Osheaga is undoubtedly the biggest one on everyone's mind. The massive 3-day outdoor music festival is finally coming back to Parc Jean-Drapeau on July 31, August 1 and 2 to host over 100 local and international bands that will most definitely rock our faces off.
While we not so patiently wait for the full line-up to be revealed this March, Osheaga released a little taste of what's to come by teasing us with the 10 acts slated to hit the stage this summer.
Most notably, Montreal's favourite Belgium singer-songwriter, Stromae is sure to make us all danse, American rock band Interpol hot off their latest album El Pintor, and the always soulful Avett Brothers.
Hip hop duo Run the Jewels will be joining Norwegian DJ Kygo for what's sure to be hype as all fvck, as well ScHoolboy Q and Marina and the Diamonds will be making us sway and groove with the best of them.
Also joining the party is Dan Snaith, who will perform once as his full band of Carribou as well as a DJ set as Daphni, and Milky Chance and Father John Misty round out the list.
Still no news regarding headliners and festival passes only go on sale March 24, but Osheaga is promising a "BIG surprise to help us discover the rest of the lineup" so be sure to watch this space as we will keep you posted as soon as we have more details.
Like last year, the 2021 festival is planned as a hybrid of in-person concerts and virtual events.
"What a wild time. It's the 20th-anniversary edition of POP Montreal! Yes it's still a pandemic so we have to remain safe and careful but we can celebrate and be thankful that we can still go to shows and see amazing live music. What a gift!" says an announcement posted on POP Montreal's website.
The festival is set to take place from September 22-26, 2021.
With more and more people getting vaccine doses, summer is beginning to look more optimistic with each passing day. And from Montreal to Gaspé, people are itching to be able to go out for real and enjoy an amazing Quebec summer festival.
But which ones are coming back in person so far? Here are all the festivals that we know you'll be able to actually attend in person in Quebec this summer — if all goes according to plan.
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Why You Should Go: If you love electronic music and the latest in technological innovations, this is the festival for you. Stay tuned for the full lineup for this year's online and in-person hybrid edition.
Why You Should Go: The festival and Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championship have pushed the event back to August. On its Facebook page, the festival indicates it will begin on August 14. The championship is scheduled to begin on August 19. There are no other details yet.
Why You Should Go: With a lineup featuring indie darlings Men I Trust and The Franklin Electric and including some of the best Quebec artists like Fouki, Alaclair Ensemble, and Coeur de Pirate, the Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul is shaping up to be quite the event.
The current tenant of the Verdun apartment that caused a stir after a huge lineup was photographed outside this weekend tells MTL Blog that "there was definitely a more responsible way to organize it."
Hayley Crawhall-Duk, who was first identified by Narcity Québec, said that she and her boyfriend "were definitely very surprised" that such a massive lineup formed.
Friends, if there's one thing that's awesome about living on the planet Earth, it's the music.
I mean, for me it's just amazing to think that a series of sounds can totally elevate or change your mood - and let you better connect with people, or even with yourself. It's a little mindblowing, TBH.
Of course, I don't even think I need to tell you how much I respect musicians. The people behind the music, controlling the sounds and the emotions through complex instruments? They're the real MVPs in my book.
And there is no instrument out there as complex as the pipe organ. Yup, that huge, piano-like instrument in almost every church is actually super complicated to play: there are 3-4 different keyboards involved, foot pedals, and side-knobs called stops. So, you know, it takes a whole lot of talent and skill to be able to play these bad boys.
Thankfully, organ music also happens to be super beautiful to listen to - and super culturally relevant to Montreal! Not only do we have tons of churches, which means we also have tons and tons of organs, but we have a very long history of organ building. Plus, the organs we build in Montreal happen to be some of the best in the whole world!
And in order to celebrate Montreal and its rich connection to the organ, there just so happens to be an organ music festival going down in the city this fall - and although the pipe organ is super versatile, this fest will place emphasis on classical organ music. (I mean, that's the best kind, let's be real).
Happening October 6 - 21 at various spots throughout the city and put on by the Canadian International Organ Competition, the festival is a massive, city-wide competition featuring the 20 best young organists in the whole world.
Basically, the competitors are going to be playing some of the most challenging pieces of organ music written over the past 400 years, and then recreate it straight by ear. Which is going to be a little difficult, considering no two organs in the world are like... so the organ they're used to is definitely not going to be like the organ they're actually playing on.