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 the second half of May!

The xx – Parc Jean Drapeau – May 24

Montreal fans of London based indie-pop band The xx are in luck! May sees the band take on Parc Jean-Drapeau on their Day + Night Tour, traveling North America right now. The xx’s blend of icy minimalism and arena rock will set a beautiful tone for their gig on  May 24 – the first of many outdoor concerts to come this season! Tickets clock in at just under $70.

You don’t wanna miss out on this one, Montreal. It’s sure to be a romantic evening set under the stars on a warm spring night.

Chance The Rapper – May 25 – Bell Centre

Chance The Rapper is no stranger to the Montreal stage, having been one of many note-worthy performances of Osheaga’s past. Chance The Rapper is currently touring promoting new music. Recently, a new track surfaced that was produced by Montreal local Kaytranada. Maybe, if we’re lucky Chance will bring out his special guest puppet to support the show!

Tickets range from $58-$133 at evenko. 

The 1975 – May 26 – Parc Jean Drapeau

Continuing the trend of more and more outdoor concerts in Montreal is The 1975. For this first time, Montreal has been graced with numerous one-off tour dates happening outdoors at Parc Jean Drapeau. The 1975 will bring their tour to the Montreal parc grounds on May 26, with tickets going for $63.

Take a look at the live cut of Medicine above and just imagine all those pretty lights illuminating the outdoor venue. A perfect appetizer for those of you thirsty for the summer nightlife.

Animal Collective – May 27 – Theatre Corona

Experimental pop outfit Animal Collective, out of Baltimore, hit up Montreal’s Theatre Corona this month in support of their Painting With record released in 2016. This gig will be a neo-psychedlia feast for the eyes. If you like your pop-rock to be a little weird, totally captivating and outside the box, then this is show for you.

Tickets will run you only $40. UK bands Colouring and PALE WAVES will be on hand to open up the night.

Norah Jones – May 28 – Place Des Arts

Here’s one for all you jazz folk out there. Norah Jones is a jazz phenomenon, a vocal tour-de-force, a name we all know and a voice that has saturated contemporary pop radio for well over a decade. She always brings me to a warm place. Norah Jones will bring her signature rasp to Place Des Arts’ Salle Wilfred-Pelletier during her Day Breaks Tour on May 28 with supporters Aloysius 3.

Tickets range from $100-$124.

Flogging Molly – May 28 – Metropolis

Switching up the tempo and brining you something a little more high-energy this month, Flogging Molly headling a gig at Montreal’s Metropolis this May 28th with support from Nashville’s Dylan Walshe. Gearing up for the release of their new album Life Is Good, Flogging Molly is sure to bring along many new songs to treat their Montreal fans.

Tickets can be found here for only $43

The Weeknd – May 30 – Bell Centre

Finally, closing out the month of May in Montreal is one of the hottest tickets so far this year. Self-made Canadian gem Abel TesMfaye, otherwise known as the international phenomenom The Weeknd brings his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour to the Bell Centre on May 30. Not much needs to be said here, if you pay any attention to pop radio or mainstream music, The Weeknd has been the latest Canadian popstar to really make an impression on the world.

He is one of our Osheaga headliners for 2017, and you can catch a good preview of whats to come this summer at his gig this month. With support from Rae Sremmurd, Belly, and 6lack this event is sure to be bursting at the seems with high energy and big huge bass.

Tickets are available at evenko for $52-$197. There’s also a few VIP options including pre-show drinks and appetizers and top-tier tickets for the best vieiwing experience money can buy!

Cheers, Montreal! See you all for the next round-up in June!