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Good concerts heading in Montrealís way. All the time. by Erjy Kolaskin

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Earlier this year I spent a bohemian week in Paris. Oddly enough, the first people I made friends with included a girl who had studied at McGill (yeah it is a small world, and yeah McGillians, we are everywhere). One of the first things she said to me was: "Montreal has such a good live music scene" and then something of the sort that you can see a lot of good shows for not that much money.

Her words literally lit a light bulb in my head. Itís easy to ignore the music scene when youíre out of school, slugging though the corporate world and have been living in Montreal since Ö well for ever.

We Montrealers just forget that the music scene is out-there. The best example is the Mirrorís RantLine: supposedly an open mic-type article, where you can call in and give your opinion about Montrealís music scene. Except that the only calls the RantLine gets are about all kinds of sexual topics, from whoís hot and whoís not, to group sex on the Mont-Royal; and only from time to time someone calls in to say how much Montrealís music scene sucks. Regardless, the RantLine is still the only section I read in the Mirror; it is by far the most entertaining.

But the reality is that, university kids, kids from outside the city, from smaller places, from somewhere Ontario and small-town upstate New York, these kids notice the music scene, because theyíve never seen one before.

We Montrealers tend to forget it.

But it is there, and it is kicking and growing and changing. We lost the Spectrum, but there are tons of smaller and better show places: Le National, la Salla Rossa, Divan Orange, O Patro Vys, DiŤse Onze and many many others.

And this music scene is inhabited by a heard of artists, from small to big, from independents to internationally huge. The obvious name for huge is Arcade Fire, but in the eclectic spectrum of talented musicians who are making a name for themselves there is Plants and Animals, Kid Koala, Patrick Watson, Priestess, Handsome Furs and the list keeps growing.

As for out-of-town artists, Montreal is a major stop for most artists; and whatís even better is that you can catch some big names playing a relatively small venue like the Metropolis, whereas in some other cities they might play a much bigger (and less intimate) venue.

All this to say that, the music scene in Montreal is alive and kicking, and kicking harder than it has in a long time. So get out of your basement and hit one the venues above, most nights they have live music. Make it a habit to check the music listings, and when bored, combine the pleasures of drinking a beer with the pleasure of listening to a real human being playing music, performing art in front of you. Live.

Unfortunately for you, is not where near technically advanced enough to provide you with an updated and accurate music listing service. But the ďreal mediaĒ that is Le Voir newspaper has a very extensive live music listing.

But at least we can tell you about 3 interesting shows coming up very soon: Tuesday the 21st of September, the rebel M.I.A will be at the Spectrum, Monday the 27th Best Coast will be at Sala Rossa and Sunday the 3rd of October UK super-band Gorillaz will be at the Bell Center. Three good shows in three weeks, thatís not bad at all. And there are probably much happening at the same time, just keep your eyes opened.

PS: For those who havenít seen it yet, here is M.I.A's Born Free video (which I call "ginger kids" video); good metaphore for passing a serious message, too bad South Park did it a while ago already.

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

Photos of M.I.A from Spin Magazine.

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It's your turn now. So speak-up.

@Tony This is a weird place/article to ask this kind of question; but yeah why not, happy hours are always fun: you want a chill atmosphere with music that isn't too loud and with people your age. So look out for more professional-oriented happy hours places.
Written by Killa on 2010-10-29.
So should a newly divorced late 30's guy go to meet new women during happy hours or other places?
Written by Tony on 2010-10-21.
The show was amazing
We went to the M.I.A show at the Metropolis last night; the show was amazing, the opening act Rye Rye was super entertaining, then M.I.A's DJ (someone knows her name?) had a groovy warm-up show, and eventually M.I.A, with all her 2 dancers, back-up raper and singer, DJ, and then Rye Rye and her dancers delivered a lively and fun show. M.I.A herself didn't look very much into it, and her part of the show was a mere 1 hour long, but the energy of all the people on the stage and the intensity of the crowd made it an amazing experience.
Written by Erji on 2010-09-22.

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