Best of Montreal: Vote

Alright, so we’re back from Sherbrooke, and spending the long weekend away from each other. A much needed rest, I must say. Encore une fois, merci Guillaume, Jessie et Annie chez CFLX, thank you Sheila at CJMQ, et merci André Laroche pour la critique dans La Tribune (click here to read a portion of it).

Best of Montreal – It’s time to vote

It’s time once again to vote for the best of what Montreal has to offer in… everything: City life, Media, Nightlife, Food, Drink, and of course Music.

I’m going to borrow a line from our old friend Gern f of the former United Steel Workers of Montreal and ask you, before you fill in the answer form with big names like “McDonald’s” for best late-night eats, or “HMV” for best record store, to think about the little guys, the independents who work tirelessly to make their restaurants and shops special.

Same thing with music. There are many outstanding bands and talented songwriters in this city who’s music you won’t hear on the radio, and who have yet to play at Metropolis. If somebody has blown your socks off at Barfly, why not vote for them? I know I did.

Click the image below to vote in this year’s Best of Montreal:

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Nothing to do this weekend? Go see FFUD and the Wildwood Flowers

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Here are two shows on either end of the roots-rock spectrum that you should see.

Friday night – FFUD at Barfly

Not for people with sensitive hearing or who dread waking up with a ringing in their ears. FFUD plays rock and roll inspired by the likes of The Kinks, The Flaming Groovies, and Guided by Voices, and they play it loud … and that’s why we love ’em.

Mark Goodwin (who produced our record) and Steve Burliuk (who didn’t produce our record) play guitar and share the vocals. Our friends Louis Panneton (who helped engineer our record) on bass, and Luc Mantha (who played with us at the Montreal Folk Festival last summer) on drums, round out the line-up.

The music starts at 10pm. Barfly is located at 4062 Saint-Laurent. For more info click here.

Saturday night – The Wildwood Flowers at Bistro de Paris

If you prefer something a little sweeter and a little more subdued, then it’s about time you see The Wildwood Flowers.This is classic country music in the spirit of the Carter Family at it’s absolute finest.

I first saw them perform at the Folk Festival last June and have been trying to book a show with them ever since … what’s that? Oh, it turns out we are playing a show with them at the end of March … more on that in the coming weeks I suppose.

Alexandra Ghezzi leads the way on the mandolin. Alexandra has got fantastic stage presence and has taught me a thing or two about banter … Supporting her on the harmonies (among the best in the entire city) are Elise Cormier and Sarah Morasse, who also plays the accordion. The rhythm is ably handled by Nathalie Sidaros on the upright bass, and Georges Plourde on acoustic guitar.

Showtime is 9:30 pm, and admission will cost you $5. Bistro de Paris is located at 4536 Saint-Denis. For more info click here.

Or, if there’s something else happening this weekend that you’s like to tell our readers about, please comment on this post.

Have a great weekend everybody!