There is always something to do in Montreal from arts and theatre to movies to concerts to trade shows to nightclub events. We put together Montreal events from August 2012. Feel free to browse our Montreal events calendar.
The festival of the Week Italian of Montreal celebrates the culture and the traditions of the italo-canadienne community
Also displayed are the waste-objects provided by well-known personalities including Margie Gillis, George Stroumboulopoulos and Rick Mercer.
VivaVoce is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the highest-calibre performance of classical repertoire from all periods in uniquely entertaining "commentated concerts.
Exhibit of nearly 200 crèches from over 100 countries. A section is dedicated to Quebec’s nativity scenes. Also don't miss the exhibit on the Holy Family!
"Mr Van Horne's Coat" tells the story that happened to the President of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
For over 50 years, La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal boys choir has been the titular choir at Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal.
One of the most original musical events in Montréal, this free festival takes place on Sundays, near the monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier and in Mount Royal Park's surrounding green spaces
Aires Libres, an eco-artistic happening, magically turns Sainte-Catherine Street East into a pedestrian zone and creates an ideal setting for strolling and interacting with artists of different disciplines.
Tom Wesselmann is one of the three great American Pop artists. And yet, of all the major American artists of his generation initially associated with the Pop Art movement, Wesselmann is the only one who has not been the subject of a major retrospective.
An eagerly anticipated event on Montréal's cultural calendar, the MEG Montréal Festival showcases contemporary music trends.
All together different. Seven days of activities happening in Montréal's urban core: huge staged events, t-dances, food courts, information booths and six official indoor events.
A cherished Spanish tradition, the Falla is an immense fanciful sculpture which, like the traditional Saint-Jean bonfire, is set aflame during a ritual and festive celebration.
The Fête des enfants is a place for self-expression and creation for children and their families, and offers concerts and dance shows as well as creative and athletic workshops, cooperative games and inflatable structures.
Come admire a wonderful selection of beads of many kinds, including semi-precious stone, seed beads, silver and pearls, jewellery and beading supplies from exhibitors hailing from across Canada.
The “Main” mixes arts in the street in an exhilarating event! Free shows, a dynamic atmosphere and talented artists at work are part of the program of this pre-back-to-school party.
The Montréal Fashion and Design Festival will once again take over the city's renowned and prestigious McGill College Avenue with its rich and diversified program.
The best tennis players in the world meet in one of the most prestigious tournaments on the men’s professional tour.
“There is an honesty to Valerie’s music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle of singer/songwriter/guitarist Valerie Orth. You’ll find that heart-wrenching honesty in her thought-provoking lyrics, gorgeous melodies.
Cold Specks is the stage name of Al Spx, the pseudonym of a Canadian singer-songwriter based in London. Her musical style has been described as doom soul and shows the influence of American deep south gospel with a strong goth streak.
From the Maritimes, and now based in Montreal, Ernie Coombs year is indie rock alternative band filled with catchy melodies and beats. With Keith Maclean (Lead vocals and guitarist), Denis Mazerolle (Guitarist and vocals), Nick Smith (Bassist, synth and vocals) and Phil Flag (drummer).
Montreal’s Italian Week has been celebrating the richness of the Italian culture every August for the past 17 years.
STEEL PANTHER is the hottest band out of Hollywood since Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses and Poison ruled the Sunset Strip. Arriving in 2009 with debut album Feel The Steel – hailed by Kerrang! magazine as “close to perfect” – Steel Panther has won a legion of fans across the world.
"Trying to beat that Sunday morning hangover? Might I suggest giving I Spell It Nature a try? Their new self-titled EP could be just the cure you're looking for.
Hinterlandband is an apt moniker for this musical force. An oxymoron ascribed to the region from which the one-man-band author Colin Wylie creates his ‘Podunk dream pop’.
Trouble’ is one of the most eagerly awaited debut electronic albums for years, with previous singles ‘Garden’, ‘Tapes & Money’, ‘Trouble’, and ‘Household Goods’ joined by a wealth of new music. This is a celebration of electronic music’s diversity and range.
Aggressive, hilarious, heavy and bloody and, just as importantly, filled with trans fats and cholesterol, Montreal’s metal five-piece Dark Century welds together death, thrash, grind and hardcore, striving to always stay fresh.
In the wake of a turbulent winter and spring, Toronto’s PAPERMAPS are preparing for a summer marked by nothing but good news: a showcase at NXNE in June; a hometown residency every Monday in July; an August tour; and — most importantly — the release of their new EP, Inferior Ghost.
Erik Mongrain is a unique and highly talented acoustic guitarist who can claim to be a master of a large number of styles using different techniques, approaches and textures. His style of playing and his compositions have earned him a considerable international fan base.
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others.
Meet Heather Bond - Nashville's piano–pop starlet whose pure, ethereal voice is taking music to new heights. Her heartfelt lyrical honesty pushes the boundaries of traditional songwriting while her melodic genius redefines the notion altogether.
In a noisy bar tucked away in the Annex, Ainsley McNeaney eagerly awaits her beer. The blue-eyed songbird certainly deserves a cold one after seven hours behind the computer writing e-mails, updating her website and setting up meetings.
A first in Montreal! The only festival dedicated to adolescents with 400 storekeepers-exhibitors between Jean-Talon and Bellechasse streets, entertainment, presents and surprises, a skate parc, graffiti activities and Delta20 and Duke Squad in show!
Vernous makes use of the following instruments: guitars, drums, bass, synths, viola, voice, percussion, and sequencers. Vernous is music operating primarily in the electronic/dance medium, although ties to industrial, rock, noise and ambient music can also be found.
Montréal hosts the spectacular NASCAR Nationwide Series, which features 43 machines powered by their V8 engines.
A graduate of the National School of humor in 2002, comedian debuted on Radio Energy Hull / CKTF the same year on the show "The wicked matins du monde" in which he is already out! He then quickly takes its place on different stages of humor in Quebec as evidenced in his many festivals all humor.
Yes Nice is a band that captivates audiences through their charismatic energy and enticing harmonies. Lyrically and musically, Yes Nice stretches boundaries with dynamic songwriting that stands out in the Canadian indie musical landscape.
M’Michèle will take part in the programming of Nuit Blanche 2012 in the installation presented by MASSIVart "Rite Nocturne". You will be able to see M’Michèle performing live the 25th of February from 21h to 2h am (she will perform every 30 minutes).
In 2012 it is no secret that electronic dance music (EDM) has become identified as “mainstream” music all over the world. Children of the pop, rock, hip-hop and metal era’s are left scratching their heads “how did that happen?”
So it’s 2012 and the end of time may be near, or so they say, but that’s no reason to panic because Vancouver-based metal masters Titans Eve are gearing up to unleash their second full-length album, the extremely timely and aptly titled, Life Apocalypse.
Originally hatched in Montreal, but currently based in London, DJ's Anstascia and Vivie-Ann have established their love child globally by proving that they don't fit the quintessential stereotype.
Hey everyone we’re currently on tour promoting our new record Freak Out! Head over to the tour dates section because we have a lot of dates coming up and many more to be added soon! Hope to see you all out there! Stoked!
Russian Circles release the first of a three part live in-studio video series which is the debut of the new in-studio sessions by Sargent House in conjunction with Terroreyes.TV. The clip is for the song “309” from the album, Empros.
What’s a Backstage Rider? A rider is the list of things that a band asks a promoter or venue to provide when it plays. You know the Van Halen thing with “No Brown M&Ms”? Smoking Gun has a great list of riders, too.
Hello. My name is PJ Bond, how are you? Well, I hope. I am a man who’s spent the better part of the last 15 years in basements, tour vans, on floors, and in and out of a variety of situations that all seem to begin and end with making and playing music.
Gillian Kirkland is a Canadian singer, accordionist and composer. Her music is sometimes described as Neo-Cabaret with influences from both American folk and jazz as well as classical European traditions.
Lakes of Canada began in Montreal in the summer of 2010 when best-friends Jake Smith and Conor O’Neil began performing Jake’s songs as a duo. The duo soon added the dynamic Chris Barillaro to their group, adding his voice and piano playing to their already expanding sound.
He swirled his glass counter-clockwise three times, tuning his every sense into the poison he so desperately clutched in his hands. The chime of the crystal against the ice.
“I get restless when I can’t work on my own melodies. It’s such a good outlet for my emotions”. There you have it in a nutshell. Dutch Estroe lives for her music. It’s electronic, it’s beat driven and it’s full of emotions.
In 2008, Dave and lead guitarist Sam Williams, began to get the DBL itch again and decided to lay down a couple of new tracks and see where it might take them. Both members were inspired by the music and the positive fan feedback they recieved as the news about their recording sessions spread.
On the cover of Anastasis, Dead Can Dance’s first album in 16 years: a field of sunflowers, ripened, and then blackened, by the sun, standing with sad, slightly crowned heads. Less dead than dormant, the heads and stems will one day be chopped, but then via the roots, will return.
Take a trip back in time! Visit the 18th-century Public Market put on every year in August by Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History.
Freeman Dre like to spin a talet, voted best songwriter in NOW magazine’s 2010 reader’s poll; his musical narratives are full of vivid wordplay and rhapsodic rhyme schemes that immediately command attention.
Michel Armand Guy Pagliaro (born 9 November 1948 Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian rock singer, songwriter and guitarist from Montreal. Pagliaro was nominated for a 1975 Juno Award as male vocalist of the year. He is often referred to as simply Pagliaro or Pag.
Chantal Archambault is an author, composer and performer of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue, which has an assortment of pieces of imaged documents to a country music-folk. In 2008 she became known for launching a self-produced album, Collage, which by its very authentic charm his first audience.
In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers, Piero Barone (17), Ignazio Boschetto (16), and Gianluca Ginoble (16), appeared on the popular Italian talent show “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard “O Sole Mio.”
It is very early in the morning and still dark outside. Next to two enormous heaps of luggage on trolleys which can barely hold, we find a unusual group. Some of them sip coffee; others drink the last bits of luke beer and tell lame jokes.
Roxette - Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle – came out of Sweden in the late '80s. Their game was pop, their mission to conquer the world. With 33 chart-busting singles and total record sales exceeding 75 million, it’s seems safe to say “mission accomplished”.
Atari Teenage Riot (abbreviated ATR) is a German digital hardcore group formed in Berlin in 1992. The name was taken from a Portuguese Joe song entitled "Teenage Riot" from the album "Teen-age Riot", with the word 'Atari' added as an Atari ST computer was used to create compositions.