We're all dealing with Post-Osheaga Depression (aka POD) right now, but thankfully we'll be able to get our artistic and musical fix in a short couple of weeks. Festivals may be on the decline in Montreal during August, but the town of Sorel-Tracy just outside of the city will keep the summer spirit alive with the 7th edition of the FAST Festival.
From August 13th to 16th, downtown Sorel-Tracy will be transformed into a cultural wonderland of art, music, and performances of all sorts. The Festival des arts de Sorel-Tracy (FAST) is unlike any other festival in Montreal, or Canada for that matter, blending all forms of art into a four day fun-filled frenzy.
Want to buy yourself a ticket? Unlike other festivals, this one is quite affordable! You can get a mini pass (a day pass) for $15 or a 4 day, full experience pass for $25.
Expect a ton of different musical acts, both theatrical and artistic performances, visual art installations from local and international artists, film screenings, and quite honestly, who knows what else. That's the cool thing about FAST, there are so many different veins of art included, you're bound to see and experience a song, piece of art, or performance like nothing you've seen before.
Here are some of our must- not- miss art installations at this year's FAST Festival:
You an check out the full details and schedules for the events on each of the 4 FAST Festival days here, we definitely suggest going to all!
If you're from Montreal like us and don't want to have to worry about travelling to and from Sorel- Tracy, FAST Festival is giving you the opportunity to ride on their exclusive shuttle bus going to and from the festival for only $25.
To make things even cooler, while at the festival, you can enjoy custom FAST red beer- have a pint or two with us!
There's only so much of summer left, so go out with a bang at FAST. Only about an hour outside of the city (map), this is a festival definitely worth road tripping to, for the mass amounts of art and performances alone.
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.
The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
Entry is free and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Sudbest Neighbourhood Market
Price: Free entry! No cash is accepted on-site (so pay by card or by scanning a QR Code thanks to the CHK PLZ app)
When: From noon to 11 p.m July 31 to August 1, August 28-29 & September 25-26
Address: 40, rue des Seigneurs, Griffintown, Montreal, QC (Behind Arsenal, along the Lachine Canal)
Why You Need To Go: Check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!