Best Kept MTL is putting a celebratory focus on one of our favourite production companies in Montreal – a real gem among stones, I Love Neon Productions.
This crew of promoters have been setting a standard in Montreal for 19 years now – from one-off shows with international and local artists alike to events at their own venues – Fairmount Theatre and Newspeak, to curated stages at Montreal’s favourite EDM festival ileSoniq. I Love Neon has been at the focal point of changing the entertainment landscape for nearly 2 decades.
The Neon crew has been able to adapt and change the industry in their own way, solidifying them as one of the hottest production companies in Montreal. We sat down with I Love Neon’s founder, John Hatz to get an insight on his world, through Neon coloured glasses.
5 Questions with John Hatz – founder of I Love Neon
You’ve been in the game for 19 years now… a feat that is hard to achieve for anyone! How are you able to work hard, and play hard too?
I Love Neon has been known to use exclusive, unique venues with an ability to a complete transformation to accommodate any given show. Is there 1 of these unique spaces that you feel most proud of?
Over the years, I Love Neon has evolved its entertainment repertoire with the changing industry landscape. How do you feel your personal music/entertainment pallet has evolved since the early days?
I Love Neon has produced some epic large scale events that, at least from the front stage perspective, have looked to us to run perfectly smooth. Has there ever been a nightmare production or instance you recall where there was much more than what met the eyes of the party-goer?
On this, your 19th Anniversary for I Love Neon – what would you list as the top 3 milestones that helped grow Neon to the entity it is today?
3. Autechre at Fairmount 2015
Where can we catch you and your crew during your anniversary week?
- MADE WITH LOVE Turns 10 | Montreal’s Biggest Mixology Competition Returns
- Bureau Bar & Tapas | Griffintown’s Vintage Bar Turns Six With New Tricks
- Restaurant 425°F heats things up on Montreal’s North Shore
- The Goddess Experience | Alice Kass Lingerie’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop
- A look back at RÜFÜS DU SOL and Digitalism exciting live shows