Montreal Electronic Groove festival MEG is for making new musical discoveries in electronic music, hip hop, pop, rock and other genres in the city’s best-loved venues on the The Main (St-Laurent Boulevard), packing multiple shows into each night, all within walking distance of each other. The 10 day festival runs from July 24th to August 2nd.
BandMark’s is finnnnnally covering it on their ‘Sweet 16’ year! With so many festivals taking place in this city it often comes down to timing and resources (ie. Osheaga and Divers/Cité touching down at the same time). MEG’s mission is also right up our alley – discovering local and North American indie and established artists in a high-energy environment, enticing music lovers with eclectic concert line-ups and affordable ticket and pass prices. Here’s the link.
1- Local talent Da-P, member of the illustrious record label Soulection will be churning out a collection of smooth slow jams and ethereal percussion-heavy RnB tracks. Catch them at Le Belmont on July 25th.
2- The Seattle-born hip-hop producer Sango has built up a contingent of fans eager to hear whatever inventive remix or original track he comes up with next. Also at the Le Belmont on July 25th.
3- Montreal-based ambient-pop trio band Seoul is a force to be recognized with. Their tracks ‘Stay with Us’ may just take your breath away. They’ll be performing at SAT on July 26th.
4- Having caught them at the Montreal Jazz Fest this year, The Posterz are beginning to make some serious noise in the local music scene with beats and hypnotic bass like the track ‘The Bass Song’. On stage July 24th at Sala Rossa.
5- FrenchFries futuristic electronic sounds has spearheaded him to the top of French electronic music since his hit. He’s headlining Piknic Electronik on July 27th.
6- Foxtrott is electro-pop at its best. This Montreal singer/dj has got catchy hooks for days and original, non-generic danceable beats. Get ready to bust a move at Sala Rossa on July 25th.
7- Beyond futuristic blues-rock, electro bursts and haunted hip hop, St.Lô gives acclaim to a classic fusion of elements, with audacity and elegance. For deep soulful performance catch them at Divan Orange on August 1st.
8- Glaswegian producer DJ Rustie’s debut album Glass Swords is hailed by many as the album of the year in 2011. Since then he has released a few singles that have kept up the buzz for his unique for his hip hop, j-pop and 16-bit beats alive. His new single ‘Attak’ is worth a listen. The place to be – Le Belmont on July 26th.
9- French electronic musician Danger wears the weirdest mask and was probably inspired by Daft Punk! His track “11h30” contains his own vocals, but no lyrics; the vocals instead consist of mixed-up syllables… at Le Belmont on August 1st.
10- THE top selection for us is actually an event – MEG signature/closing boat trip on the St-Lawrence River with music until 3am from UK techno producer Benjamin Damage, a late-night set from Acid Arab, DJ MMF and DJ AKTA.
Take a break and catch the free performances every day at 5pm, July 24 to August 1 at the Lacoste flagship store on Ste-Catherine. Or head over to Parc Jean-Drapeau for the Piknic Electronik outdoor dance party July 27thor their annual free Électro-Choc concert at downtown’s Place des Festivals, with music from Chris Derksen, DJ Shub and French dance-music duo Acid Arab on August 1st. For more details check the schedule here.