Commence aux festivals!

A few days ago a Facebook friend of mine wrote the following: “Early June in Montreal. Is it not the most promising of times?” Indeed it is. Regardless of what you think or how you feel about what’s going on in the streets, or the clanging that’s emanating from your neighbour’s balcony – or from your own, if that’s your dish – the month of June always seems to awaken within us the idea that something great will happen this summer in the city of Festivals. And two of the best for local independent artists are happening this month.

[Editor’s note: we are not performing at either of these festivals, but will be attending certain shows, and hope to see you out and about as well]

Montreal FRINGE Festival – Now to June 24

While the Fringe Festival is about more than just music, they still always manage to exhibit the best home grown talent with the most to offer. The focal point of the festival is Fringe Park at Parc des Amériques, located at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Rachel in the Plateau. Starting June 14th there will be live music every night starting as early as 6 pm.

Visit MontrealFringe.ca

If you’re interested in some recommendations we’ll give you some, but keep in mind that we’re biased. Some bands worth seeing are Ol’ Savannah [June 16 @ 9:00 pm], The Custom Outfit [June 17 @ 8:00 pm], Sarah Jane Scouten [June 21 @ 6:00 pm], and Johnny Griffin [June 22 @ 6:00 pm]. Also, if you show up on June 15 you can be a part of a live podcast of CJLO’s “Edge Of The City“, voted 4th best local radio program in this year’s Montreal Mirror “Best of Montreal” reader’s poll.

For tickets and info on any and all Fringe shows, visit MontrealFringe.ca

Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal – June 14 to 17

If you prefer something just a little closer to nature, then check out the Folk Festival on the Canal. We were lucky enough to be a part of last year’s edition and happened to catch some magical performances by the likes of the Wildwood Flowers, Mark Berube and Sheesham & Lotus.

Visit MontrealFolkFest.com

This year’s is already looking like it’ll be better with performances by Friend of All the World, Joey Wright, Rob Lutes, and some big name acts such as Kevin Parent and the legendary Peter Yarrow, or Peter, Paul & Mary. Almost as unreal is the fact that our very good friend Sarah Jane Scouten is slated to open that show … We’re proud of you, Sarah Jane!

The bulk of the festival takes place outdoors on the Terrasse St-Ambroise, located at 5080 St-Ambroise in Saint-Henri, right on the Lachine Canal.

For tickets and info, visit MontrealFolkFest.com

Have a great week everybody!

 

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!