Well, here we are. The final major festival in our city’s year is upon us. Que the reminiscent yearning for summer time. Que the holiday jingles and Christmas lights–which are already up, and far too early if you ask me. As 2016 comes to a close, there’s still plenty to do. M For Montreal kicks off Wednesday, November 16th and is one of our city’s finest festivals all year.
With such a wide variety of shows to choose from, it’s important to have a game plan. Here are some of my top picks for this years’ festival:
November 16 – Rialto Theatre – 8:30PM – $32-38
This one is a no-brainer. Martha Wainwright is far from up-and-coming and is one of this years’ big name headliners. For the opening night, the M crew have a wicked folk-rock line up for you, lead by Wainwright presenting her brand new album, Goodnight City. Indie-pop act Groenland and Joe Grass will be opening the night.
John Jacob Magistery will be stirring up melodies upstairs at the Rialto Hall, along with new-comer Aliocha and moody songstress Wilsen. Presented by MuchFACT and La Vitrine, both these opening Rialto Theatre shows are included with the one ticket.
November 17 – Club Soda – 8:30PM – $20
Another no-brainer, Busty & the Bass have made massive waves throughout Canada and across the globe alike. Hometown heroes, this band is one of the most energetic groups I have seen to date. Originally born out of small Montreal house parties, over the last three years ‘Busty’ has evolved into a tight electro-funk band and become one of Canada’s most vibrant and exciting new bands.
Heartstreets, another home-town hero, certainly for me. This R&B soul-duo will set the stage and are sure to turn it out, as they always do. Heartstreets are not to be missed. Their dynamic with each other is beautiful to watch, and they’ve got a little something for everyone.
November 18 – Newspeak – 8PM – FREE
KROY is making noise with her debut LP Scavenger and brings to the M for Montreal table a free show at Newspeak. KROY is the passion project of local artist Camille Poliquin (Milk n Bone), and with Scavenger she seems to dig a little deeper into a very personal space. Scavenger is easily one of my favourite albums released in 2016… and with a free show, this is your chance to learn why you need to know her name.
Also on the bill for the evening are locals Fjord and Ghostly Kisses. Both of which will certainly add another layer of chill melodies and haunting electronics. This event is high-up on my list of the M for Montreal musical marathon.
Metropolis – November 18 – 10Pm – $20
Calling all the hip hop fans! November 18 at Metropolis, M for Montreal brings you a packed lineup with epic performances by Rymz, WordUP! Battles, Les Anticipateurs, Shash’U, and Lary Kidd. Being one of the bigger events at this years’ festival, this night is sure to be one for the books.
La Sala Rosa – November 19 – 8:30PM – $10
Founded in 2011 in Montreal, Lakes of Canada is a 5-piece progressive rock group with gospel and soul vocal harmonies. Joining Lakes of Canada for the evening will be Motel Raphaël, a young indie-pop band from Montreal. Since their 2012 inception, this 6-piece outfit has risen through the ranks of Montreal’s burgeoning indie scene.