Montreal is constantly stepping it up with new events for everyone. This time, one of the hottest Hip Hop/RnB festivals is making its debut in Montreal, straight out of Miami.
MTL Summer Bash '16aims to take some of the greatest names in Hip Hop and bring them right to your doorstep. Highlighting international and local artists, it may be your one chance to check out some big names performing alongside some homegrown talent.
The headliners this year for the inaugural edition of the festival are Yo Gotti and OT Genasis. If you haven't been banging "Down In The DM" or "Cut It," then those are two tracks you need to get on right now. If that's not enough to hype you up for this event, this will be a first time performance in Montreal for both of the headliners, so you definitely won't want to miss it!
The festival will take place at Theatre Berri and is hosted by Claudette Amin,one of the hottest up and coming international models, from right here in Montreal. The event is also being co-hosted by the Miami comedian Justin Elliott with DJ D@X spinning behind the table. As an added bonus, be sure to follow Claudette and @mtlsummerbash16 on Instagram for your chance to win tickets in a giveaway this Sunday, July 17th.
Alongside two huge headliners, get ready for some other solid acts. The festival will also feature Harvey Stripes, L!NGO, Kay Bandz, Bizerk, Redlyte, and Ynot Tony. It's guaranteed to be lit ?. If that's still not enough for you, also performing will be Frap Boyz, a local act you definitely want to see, certified legit by the Six God Drake himself.
Alright, guys, I'm going to be totally honest with you. I'm broke AF. It's mainly because it's summer, and so updating the wardrobe/going out everywhere/living my best life costs a lot of money, apparently? Anyway, whatever the reason is, I don't have a whole lot of loose change to spend on getting turnt.
And I know that I'm not alone. Like I said, summer in the city is awesome - but it can get expensive. But a lack of funds should not prevent you from having fun, friends; and thankfully, in Montreal, it doesn't have to. There are tons of super fun places where the drinks are super affordable, and the atmosphere is top notch.
Blue Dog is quite possibly one of the more popular dive bars in Montreal; but if you've ever been there, you know exactly why.
Not only are the drinks incredibly affordable, but the music is on point, the crowd is always down for an awesome time, and the spot has an undeniably electric vibe. Although you might have to wait a little bit to get in, depending on when you go, trust me when I say that it's more than worth the wait time. Grab a drink, save some money, and prepare to get turnt.
TBH, I feel like Else's is the perfect place to go at any point in time. Not only do they have an incredibly warm, friendly, and all-around chill atmosphere, but they also happen to serve up food and drink for super cheap.
Which is awesome, because with a super tasty selection of food (including their cheesecake, which is basically heaven on a plate), tons of varieties of beer, and their stellar atmosphere, you're pretty much never going to want to leave this spot.
Honestly, how much fun is Bifteck? This Montreal institution (yes, to me it's an institution) on The Main is pro at serving up inexpensive drinks - especially beer pitchers, which makes it the perfect place to grab a few friends and unwind.
Plus, bonus points for their free popcorn, pool tables, and incredibly laid-back vibe. Perfectly chill, inexpensive spot for hanging out until the wee hours of the night? Found.
If you're at all into dive bars in Montreal, then the chances are very high that you know about Barfly.
Not only does this spot offer up one seriously friendly atmosphere, but the drinks are inexpensive - and amazing - AF. Which, of course, makes it one of the most perfect spots in the city to grab all your friends, split a pitcher, and indulge in Barfly's good vibes while unwinding from a super hectic day. Or week. Or month. Or, you know, whatever.
Does your definition of getting turnt involve going hard on the dance floor? Yes? Well, then this spot is totally for you.
Le Belmont, in Montreal's Mile End, features drinks that are incredibly reasonably priced; awesome music; a dance floor; and a crowd that, I think, seriously never sleeps. It's the place to go to if you're down to have one seriously fun time, without wasting all of your hard-earned money. Trust me on this, friends.
If you're in downtown Montreal, up for a good time, and incredibly up for saving a few bucks, then you're going to want to head to Moose Bawr.
Located right next to Concordia University, this spot features reasonably priced drinks, a gorgeous terrasse - overlooking Sainte-Catherine street - and some incredibly tasty food (like their incredibly yummy kimchi poutine, which changed up the poutine game for me, to be totally honest). Add this up with their incredibly chill vibe and welcoming atmosphere, and you've got one seriously awesome spot on your hands, friend.
Get turnt and go bowling? Yes, this is a possibility - and a necessity, TBH - at Notre Dame Des Quilles.
Not only does this spot feature a tiny bowling alley (but bowl responsibly, friends), a fun vibe, awesome music, and an overall super unique feeling, but the drinks here also happen to be incredibly cheap. This is especially true if you show up during happy hour; so bring some friends, a couple of bucks, your best bowling face, and prepare to have one seriously good time.
Located in Rosemont, and part warehouse, Alexandraplatz is kind of a hidden gem in the city. But if you're willing to find it, trust me, you're going to have one awesome time.
Boasting some super inexpensive liquor and a super chill, local bar type of vibe, this spot is perfect for unwinding with your friends after work over a few beers. Bonus points for their awesome terrasse, which is just as welcoming as the actual bar itself, and is probably the perfect spot to spend your summer days at.
Beer lovers, this one's for you. Chez Baptiste boasts a huge variety of both local and imported beers... all of them for incredibly fair prices.
This spot boasts an incredibly relaxing, fun, and welcoming vibe; but, admittedly, it's best enjoyed chilling with friends, possibly on their awesome terrasse. So if your idea of getting turnt AF does not involve a dance floor and regrettable selfies, then this is the spot for you.
I'm just going to get straight to the point here: this Plateau bar serves up $2/$3 shots. Yes. That's right. If you're anything like me, who prefers that their alcohol comes in one ounce plastic cups but hates the $5+ price tag that comes along with it, then this spot is paradise.
La Shop also offers tons of different drinks at roughly this same price point; and with their super fun, vibrant atmosphere, this spot is sure to become your next fave hangout spot.
Unfortunately, La Shop is closed for the summer - which is why it's only a bonus item on this list. But make a note of this spot once it reopens, and make sure to keep yourself updated via their Facebook page.
Popular nightclub Muzique has been in some seriously hot water this past week, after Michael Duchard was shot right outside of the club on the corner of Roy and Saint Laurent last Thursday. The assault is likely linked to gang violence.
Fearing retaliation from Duchard's acquaintances, potentially putting other citizens at risk, the SPVM called an emergency hearing with Quebec's Liquor Control Board to have Muzique forcibly shut down in order to prevent any further incidents.
Once the hearings finished, it was ruled that Muzique would be able to stay open, but with some rather strange (and arguably offensive) conditions.
One of suchconditions is, if Muzique hopes to remain in operation, hip-hop music can't be played at the venue, reports Metro. UPDATE: Muzique clarified that the "no hip-hop" rule will only be enforced on Sundays.
Yes,the SPVM have pretty much led to the banning of hip-hop music in Montreal. Cue Footloose jokes.
Another condition the venue must follow is an increase in security guards, which actually makes sense, to help diffuse dangerous situations. So, those heading the hearings obviously have a sensible mind, and yet still couldn't realize the notion that "hip-hop increases crime" is inherently ridiculous.
And that's pretty much what the "no hip-hop" condition says, even if not blatantly. I'm sure those who created this condition feel justified in their decision, but to say that the banning of hip-hop is simultaneously silly, unjustified, and mildly racist is an understatement.
Obviously the SPVM and Quebec’s Liquor Control Board have a very negative perception of hip-hop, and subsequently those who listen to the style of music. And because of this bias, a club is actually forced to remove an entire genre of music from its playlists.
How long Muzique will be banned from playing hip-hop remains to be seen, but the increased security will be a probable mainstay from now on. But will Muzique now be violence-free without hip-hop? The short answer is no, because music doesn't hurt people, humans do that just fine on their own.