After the endless downward spiral of 2016, it finally feels like we’re all ready to get back on our feet and start moving forward again, and what better way to do that than with some amazing new music to soundtrack that push back. To get excited for 2017, we’re looking at the Montreal artists that have us the most excited for this year and should definitely be on your radar.

Fred Thomas 

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Mixing parts Joel Plaskett & Courtney Barnett, Fred Thomas is poised to be the next great folk-rock mastermind with lyrics even more brutal than his guitar. Thomas has mixed this tone with experimental recordings throughout his budding career meaning that he’ll be bringing a lot more to his new album Changer, when it’s released later this month.

Avec Le Soleil Sortant De Sa Bouche


With a jazz-like direction to the composition and production of their brand of prog-rock, this band is one that always manages to fit dance beats under riffs whether they be funky or quirky. A relentless rhythms section and fearless sound exploration puts their new album Pas Pire Pop, I Love You So Much in a very unique place for January releases.

The Corks


Very few bands could claim they boast a mix of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mother Mother and Foals(UK) but somehow the corks blend it all without sounding goofy or derivative. Based on the vicious yet sublimely produced self-titled EP the group just put out, we can expect a lot of great things from these guys.

Peter Peter


In a world overpopulated with emerging English synth-pop, Peter Peter is evening the playing field for francophones, and with some amazing music to boot. Mixing all the right kinds of 80s nostalgia in his sound and sprinkling a few English lyrics in his songs make them all the more enjoyable for anyone listening to his awesome upcoming album Noir Éden which drops in late February.

Paula Pimienta

If you’ve ever been holding out hope for a jazz revival, Paula Pimienta might just be on the cusp of it. From the sound, writing and just how amazingly soothing each track from her Pu Todo Pimienta EP is, it’s not hard to imagine this crooner will be ready to compete with Michael Bublé in no time.