Springtime has lit up the town with a ton of Montreal concerts that one must take note.

If you’re like me, you know that this city is saturated with events and shows every day. So much, that it can be difficult to plan what you might wanna see.

We’re here to do that work for you. The Best Kept Montreal Concerts column will bring you a bi-weekly round-up of all the hottest events happening in Montreal’s music entertainment scene. Let’s dive in and take a look at May!

Montreal Concerts

Montreal Concerts May 1st – 15th

Jazz Cartier – Le Belmont – May 3rd

Jazz Cartier is no stranger to the Montreal hip-hop scene. Having sold-out his show here in 2016, you know he will do so again when he brings his #SecretGardenTour to town. Promoted by Red Bull Sound SelectTIXZA, evenko and Greenland Productions, Jazz Cartier will be joined for the night by J.I.D and Levi Carter.

Tickets are available right here for $29.75 – and a few will be left at the door for $34.50 if they don’t sell out before then. Don’t sleep on this event, get your tickets today!

Catfish and The Bottlemen – Corona Theatre – May 3

Catfish & the Bottlemen, the rock quartet from North Wales has quickly become a stage-stealer at festivals, and have headlined tours all around the globe. The band is set to open up for Greenday’s Revolution Radio Tour this fall, but will be headlining their own gig right here in Montreal this coming week!

Promoted by evenko and Greenland Productions, tickets are only $30.

Kilter – Newspeak – May 5

Here’s one of those Montreal concerts for all you movers and shakers out there. As those who’ve seen Kilter live before should know pretty well, the young producer is more than just a DJ. This is a full-on live show, Kilter has professional training as a jazz drummer and on stage, he’s accompanied by electronic & live drums, keyboards, and sample pads. A setup which has earned him thousands of fans throughout Australia and New Zealand and kudos from the electronic artist community at large.

Kilter brings his tour to Newspeak this coming Friday. Presented by I LOVE NEON, evenko and Greenland Productions, you can grab your tickets right here for only $12

Slowdive – Olympia – May 6


After 22 years, the mythical shoegazing band Slowdive return with “Star Roving”, their first new material since 1995’s Pygmalion. Star Roving embodies the effortlessness for which Slowdive is known — as the song progresses, it expands and contracts in ways that feel infinite. Slowdive plays Olympia Theatre on May 6. This show will be one of high-energy, considering the band will have just released their self-titled record the day before their gig.

Before their Montreal concert, Slowdive will be on location at 33 Aux Tours on May 6 for an album listening party.

I LOVE NEON, Greenland Productions, evenko and Les Productions Revel bring this event to you, and tickets are available for $39

The Black Lips – Le National – May 9

The Black Lips rank in our Montreal concerts round-up for their show this coming May 9 at Le National. Hot off the heels of releasing their newest record, Satan’s Grafitti or God’s art? The album marks the return of guitarist Jack Hines, who was reenlisted following the departure of Ian St. Pé shortly after the release of Underneath the Rainbow. Back with the band for the first time since 2004, Hines joins other new additions Oakley Munson (drums) and Zumi Rosow (saxophone).

Promoted by evenko, Blue Skies Turn Black, and Greenland Productions – tickets are available for $30

Jean-Michel Jarre – Bell Centre – May 11

Electronic music pioneer and composer Jean-Michel Jarre elevated the genre to new peaks of popularity as early as the late 70’s and 80’s. He’s got over 80 million albums sold worldwide. This May marks the first time Jean-Michel Jarre has ever toured Canada, and he’s got a massive spectacle planned for Montreal’s Bell Centre. This one’s not to be missed!

One of the hottest Montreal concerts this month presented by evenko, tickets can be found here for $63-$171.

Nick Hakim – Bar Le Ritz PBD – May 12

Nick Hakim‘s debut full-length album Green Twins follows his breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs that were self-released on his Earseed Records and praised by the New York Times, NPR Music and more. Green Twins is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since.

Thanks to evenko, Greenland Productions, and TIXZA, Nick Hakim hits up Montreal’s Bar Le Ritz PBD on May 12.

Grab your tickets right here for only $17.50.

Laura Marling – Corona Theatre – May 13

English folk/indie-folk Laura Marling is set to light up the stage in Montreal at Corona Theatre. Marling has been nominated for a Mercury Prize, and won the BRIT Award for Best Female Artist.

Best Kept MTL has just published a review of her new record, Semper Femina.

You can catch this folk beauty this month on May 13th thanks to evenko and Greenland Productions for just $30

There you go, Montreal. A round-up of kick ass shows for the first chunk of May. Come back next week to see what Montreal concerts make the Best Kept list for May’s 2nd half.