Last summer, Chance Bennett, the then-23-year-old rapper, released his third mixtape “Coloring Book.” It was the first album ever to chart on the Billboard 200 solely based on streams, and it was the first streaming-only album to be nominated for, and subsequently win, a Grammy. The day after he was awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Album, Chance took to Instagram to announce he was setting forth on an all-new Spring 2017 Tour—and now you all have the chance to catch it at the end of the month in Montreal at the Bell Centre.
2016 solidified Chance’s reputation as one of the preeminent rappers of today. No artist had a bigger year—he opened with a guest verse on a song by his idol, Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam,” and closed by beating him out for the most prestigious award in their field—but not before surprise-dropping a collaborative Christmas album, “Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama,” with Jeremih. Still 2017 looms even larger for Chance, with the unending hype and acclaim his new tour has been receiving, and a purported first “official” studio album in the works.
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For the 375th anniversary of the city, Montreal is taking its gigantic yearly rave out into the open. On May 28th, Parc Jean-Drapeau is hosting a very special edition of BAL EN BLANC—Canada’s longest-running electronica festival.
In its 23rd edition, EDM titan MARTIN GARRIX is headlining the fest, straight off a sold-out tour with Justin Bieber. “His team really likes that our event isn’t limited to music, but that it’s also artistic. Garrix really wanted to be there,” said Alex K., the founder of Produkt, noting that Garrix is performing in Mexico and Las Vegas the same weekend before jetting to Montreal.
Usually held indoors at Palais des Congrès, Jean-Drapeau’s natural setting—the home of esteemed musical escapades Osheaga and Piknic Electronik—will make for an ultra-unique atmosphere to commemorate the city’s big year. “We want to be close to nature, in the woods, in the forest,” explains Alex K. “Like we have in the past, we’ll be featuring numerous artistic instillations. We aim to showcase the work of local and established artists on site.” Once night falls over the Saint Lawrence River, festival attendees will be be able to gaze out upon the shimmering Jacques-Cartier bridge and revel in world-class techno beats.
Techno’s youngest superstar, Martijn Garritsen was discovered by Tiësto in 2012 and signed a contract with Sony Music International last year. His biggest claim to fame yet has been “Animals,” the 2013 monster hit that topped charts worldwide.
Other special guests booked to light up the main stage include Israeli producer BORGORE, L.A. duo SLANDER, and Dutch DJ SAN HOLO. A sidebar program entitled “We Are Montreal” will highlight an array of local talent.
Produkt’s BAL EN BLANC (IN THE PARK) will be held on Sunday, May 28th, from 12PM—10PM. General Admission and VIP Experiences tickets are released Wednesday, April 19th at noon.
Remember the ultimate party destination that popped up just 30 minutes outside of Montreal two summers ago and swiftly became the most talked about club in all of North America? Pointe-Calumet’s Beach Club played host to the likes of Kylie Jenner, Dan Bilzerian, and several of the globe’s topnotch DJs in its first two seasons, but third time’s the charm! We’ve missed them a lot since the off season started, but never fear: Beach Club just announced the initial roster of artists who’ll be lighting up the outdoor paradise’s speakers once summer arrives in full swing, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
First up is DANNY TENAGLIA on May 20th for the venue’s GRAND REOPENING. A New York native who pioneered the progressive house movement we know and love today, Tenaglia was first awoken by the club model of Paradise Garage, which he started to attend in ’79. His initial big break came with a remix of The Daou's "Surrender Yourself,” and on and on his story as a revolutionary talent at the helm of dancefloors worldwide has been written.
Next on deck is CARNAGE, playing all day on May 21st. The hip-hop hybrid beat-maker has made a name for himself on the festival circuit by tapping into a specific genre of party music. Enthused by hype trap breakdowns and hands-in-the-air hollers, a show put on by Carnage means a show where standing still is not an option. The sounds he throws into the air are free and untamed, impossible to define: “I really enjoy a life of whatever I feel like doing. It’s impulsive. If I need to make a rap record I make it, if I desire to create a home record I make it. If I desire to make some pretty sh*t I make some pretty sh*t, you know?”
To top off all of this opening weekend splendour, WILL SPARKS and QUINTINO will be splashing by for a day-drunk May 22nd. Named “No. 1 Australian DJ” in 2014, Will Sparks lights up the dance floor with his Melbourne bounce stylings. Quintino discovered turntables at an early age and started remixing trap hits that jumped to the #1 spot in the Netherlands, but his first real breakthrough was 2011’s “Epic.” Ever since, Quintino’s status has been growing and growing to sky-scraping heights.
Other world class acts to guide us through the summer heat include ADAM BEYER on May 27th; ARMIN VAN BUUREN on June 11th; AKON on June 25th; LIL JON on July 9th; GALLANTS on July 29th; and DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE on August 20th. Beach Club offers tropical dance parties all summer long, along with its delicious restaurant, VIP cabanas rentals, luxury beds, wide screens and majestic live sets from the hottest in the industry. So what are you waiting for? Tickets for the season’s 3-part kick-off weekend hosted by Danny Tenaglia, Carnage, Will Sparks and Quintino can be bought right here for $45 General Admission, or $90 VIP.
Time flies. You’ll never believe it when we tell you that CLÉBARD, the immaculate St-Denis restobar, opened 4 years ago. Ever since, they’ve been offering the Plateau Mont-Royal one of the best places to dance and socialize and celebrate, whether for a luxurious cocktail or a smooth bourbon. The people over at Clébard are grateful for all the love and support they’ve received over their four years of existence, and so they’ve decided to give back to their patrons by throwing a huge birthday bash the first Friday of May.
On Friday May 5th, from 5PM - 3AM, Clébard is hosting a weekend soirée like no other. As they blow out their quadruple candles, DJ WORDY WORD & DJ DARREN D will be on deck to build the soundtrack for May’s grandest night. New cocktails, new punch, and an extensive bistro menu with plenty of appetizers will be awaiting you at 4557 St-Denis.
Clébard wants to thank its devoted customers for turning it into what it is today. They have an unforgettable evening, but there will be loads of photographers present to capture every moment in case your memory gets a little hazy. Ring 514-903-4456 for more info.
Fridays in the city are about to be cast under a spell with the all-new weekly soirée at MIMI LA NUIT. The sophisticated restobar is located at water’s edge on atmospheric Rue St Paul in the heart of Montreal’s Old Port, and its charm has only ascended with the announcement of NIGHT MAGIC, an evening cabaret hosted by Montreal nightlife legend Perry Lee.
Night Magic is a sensual blend of topnotch DJ selections, performance art, an overflowing cocktail list and culinary delicacies the likes of which Montreal’s fine-dining has never seen. An array of musical sets will be performed throughout the night by live musicians including flute, violin and saxophone players. Beginning every Friday at 9pm, Mimi La Nuit will become enshrouded in surreal imagery as both a belly dancer and magician make an appearance, synchronizing with the music and interacting with the patrons. Trust us: you cannot miss upcoming Fridays at Mimi.
Where there are women there is magic, and this enchanting evening is the proof. Visit Mimi La Nuit for NIGHT MAGIC FRIDAYS, kicking off this Friday, April 7th. For reservations, dial 514.507.5449.
A staple of Rue Crescent and of Montreal’s vibrant nightlife in general, SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL’S PUB is proud to announce it’s been going strong for 50 whole years. That’s half a century of memories! And to celebrate, in the fashion of their namesake, they’re hosting a hefty lineup of parties all throughout the year—and you’ve gotta be there.
On February 23rd, the first bar to ever open on Crescent Street held their hit kickoff party.
Next month, on the 20th of April, Sir Winston’s has invited all those who worked as bartenders from 1967 to 1990 to reconvene and recall the good ol’ days, with lots of laughs, food and—undoubtedly—drink. On August 24th, the second roster of alumni will be stepping foot in the workplace where they created some of their greatest memories alongside fellow alumni from 1991 to 2017.
May 25th brings about a psychedelic 60s-themed party, and later July 20th gives rise to a groove-filled 70s bash, rounded off by an 80s extravaganza on August 31st. Sir Winston’s is perpetually a summer go-to spot, for its daily happy hour specials and ambient outdoor patio.
On September 11th, they will be hosting their annual golf tournament followed by a dinner at Winnie's. Later that month, September 28th will go full-swing into nostalgia mode with a much-anticipated 90s night. On October 19th a 2000s-themed party is the perfect send-off to the 50 year rewind, and on November 30th, Sir Winston Churchill’s will crescendo with a gigantic birthday party, where all 50 candles will be blown out and another 50 years to look forward to!
Rue Crescent is in for one wild ride as it reminisces over the fantastic years that established it as the foremost spot for partying in downtown Montreal. So check out some of Sir Winston Churchill’s anniversary events, because they’re going to be the talk of the town all year long.
It all started with two childhood friends from the Dutch countryside, miles away from a nightclub of any sort. But on Saturday, April 1st, they’ll be mixing onstage for hundreds of fans, an ocean away from the hometown where they first crafted their big room sounding their minuscule home studio. At NEW CITY GAS, the one and only VICETONE will be performing their far-famed catalogue for each and every of their Montreal adherents, including “Let Me Feel,” “No Way Out,” and one of their latest releases, “I’m On Fire.”
But it’s hardly just the Dutch duo storming the rave venue that evening. Vicetone will be joined by partners-in-crime SNBRN and Madison Mars on the 1st, making for one sick triple-lineup of the most crucial acts colouring the modern EDM scenery.
Known by his pseudonym SNBRN, Kevin Andrew Chapman hails from Los Angeles and made a name for himself on the SoundCloud. A spiritual disciple of Fatboy Slim and Moby, he studied audio engineering and production before embarking on his professional journey as an artist.
On the heels of his new single “We Are The Night,” Madison Mars is proving himself as one of the rising stars of his generation. He curates an ultra-popular weekly house music playlist on Spotify, and he has his own graphic novel you can check out here.
So: Saturday, April 1st. You’ll wanna be there with your hands way up in the air. Tickets for VICETONE with special guests SNBRN and MADISON MARS can be purchased right here for only $16 GA or $36 VIP.
On Sunday, April 1st, once the sun’s gone down and the lights have flashed on at our favourite after-hours nightclub in Montreal, the all-star tech-house musician NICOLE MOUDABER will take the stage for one of her ever-popular DJ sets. There’s no better place to rave to the sounds of “the most underrated DJ” than the immeasurable setting of North America’s infamous (((STEREO))). Located in downtown MTL’s Gay Village, this nocturnal venue provides the undeniable spot to keep the night going next Saturday eve.
Born in Nigeria and one of the founders of dance music in Beirut, Moudaber’s all-inclusive early dance parties caught the eye of the media—and also the police. Her postwar “Trashy Renaissance” party drew talent from all across the globe, and took place within the vicinities of a mosque and a cathedral, intending to defy the notion of hatred and prove a new generation could rise with music as their cry for a better future. “It was a success,” she says, but the self-expression the DJ inspired in others also led to accusations of terrorism from local authorities. “It was enough to persuade me that I was wasting my time out there […] so I very much stuck to London and Europe from there onwards.”
Now Nicole Moudaber is about to touch down in Montreal for an empowering stint at (((Stereo))). She’s collaborated with the likes of Carl Cox and Adam Beyer, is listed as a Resident Advisor Top 1000 Artist, and plans on spending the late night of Sunday, April 1st, as the dark techno empress of (((Stereo))). Buy your tickets here. Nicole Moudaber is known to host some of the wildest Montreal nights, so you cannot miss it.
Piknic Électronik will be at SXSW on Tuesday, March 14th, to showcase its high energy Montreal vibe at the Canadian Piknic evening presented in collaboration with Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund, a closing party for Planète Québec's two-day mission to this not-to-be-missed annual meeting in Austin, Texas.
This coming Tuesday evening, global representatives from the media, film and music industries at SXSW will have the opportunity to discover Piknic Électronik's sound and vibe at the Canadian Piknic evening, which will be held from 8 pm to 2 am at the Bungalow Bar in Austin, Texas. Preceded by a "Canadian mixer" and a "2 day Canada Networking Lounge" organized by Telefilm Canada to welcome the Canadian contingent at SXSW, this festive evening delivered in typical Piknic Électronik flair will cap off the two days of Planète Québec activities for this year, celebrating the largest Quebec delegation yet at this key event. Proud to be part of this mission promoting our homegrown know-how, Piknic Électronik will add its original touch with one of its trademark perfectly curated musical programs.
On the menu for this Canadian Piknic evening:
>> Ryan Playground QC
>> Pomo (DJ Set) CA
>> Antal NL
Will you be there? See all the details for the evening and confirm your presence here.
The Lumen Festival is back for its fourth edition: New City Gas launches the lineup for its annual 3 day musical experience.
The lineup for the third edition of the Lumen festival at New City Gas is bigger than ever! Reserve your 28-29-30 of December, because this this year's lineup is sure to echo its first editions remarkable success. The 3 day long festival, featuring world renowned DJs and Artists will close off 2014 with an interesting twist: a visual ice theme leading the event.
Last year's edition of Lumen presented an immersive visual environment, this year's focus will be on a creating a visual ice experience presented by Absolut. On the agenda? Ice bar, ice sculptures, highly anticipated performances and more.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday the 28th with DJ MAG Top 100 DJ, Zedd. But that's only just the beginning…
Planned for day 2, American music duo, Tritonal will be stirring up the beats in the main room. Co-headlining in the main room that night, Dzeko and Torres, will set the stage!
For the 3rd and final night, Grammy award nominee Travis Scott headlines the Friday event. Performing for the first time at the venue, his past Montrea appearances sold out in an instant and received an intense response from the crowd.
As past Lumen Festival attendees reminisce last year's festivities, New City Gas is preparing a whole new series of intense emotions for them promising the event to be nothing short of exceptional. Tickets are a hot item, enthusiasts should not wait as 3 day passes are already sold out!
About New City Gas:
New City Gas has always gambled on great shows and will never drive off from its initial mission: offer notable shows to the great public, pleasure music lovers and surpass tourists' expectations on what Montreal nightlife is supposed to be. It has already been making a name for itself as one of the flagship locations on the Montreal music scene, in addition to hosting numerous cultural and corporate events.
For tickets or more information visit: www.newcitygas.com
On Monday December 26th, Santos is proud to bring you its annual charity event & bar industry gathering, FESTIVUS! Hosted by none-other than Tomahawk, Tongue & Ceelo and music by Donald Lauture and Jericho, you're definitely in for a great night!
A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to select charities. Have a drink and help out the needy at the same time!
A Festivus, for the rest of us!
This Christmas Day, December 25th 2016, you're invited to Le Confessionnl's 8th anual "Noel Des Losers" party! Located in the heart of Old Montreal on the beautiful McGill street, Le Confessionnal defines itself as a neighborhood bar with its rustic charm, soft lighting and small size, Le Confessionnal is a cozy place where you feel comfortable right upon entry. With music provided by Confessionnal alumni DJ Ben Meir, you're sure to dance the night away to the sounds of house and rnb.
It is the ideal spot to enjoy a quiet drink with friends or to come and celebrate special occasions. Accommodating up to 200 people, Le Confessionnal offers 2 bars and several tables and seating for your comfort.
Le Confessionnal is open from Wendesday to Saturday from 10pm until 3am.
While most clubs and bars will be closed this Christmas Eve, Blvd44 is hosting their annual "Christmas on the Boulevard" party!
With music provided by the one and only DJ Deleon, you're invited to come celebrate Christmas Eve with the Blvd44 crew from 10pm-3am!
Cover charge for this event is 15$ but you save 10$ before midnight by getting on the guestlist!
Merry Christmas from everyone at montrealguestlist.com!
A$AP Ferg’s Hit Single “New Level” Ft. Future Is Certified Gold By The RIAA – Announces “Turnt & Burnt” North American Headlining Tour This Fall
[New York, NY – August 24, 2016] Harlem Hood Pope A$AP Ferg’s hit single “New Level” ft. Future has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The track has sold over 148,000 singles and has been streamed nearly 52 million times on Apple Music and Spotify. “New Level” ft. Future is off of Ferg’s sophomore album Always Strive And Prosper (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records), which entered at #2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts and #8 on the Billboard 200 chart. The critically acclaimed album received rave reviews from the likes of The New York Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone and more.
Complex calls “New Level” ft. Future a “stormy burner” while Noisey proclaims, “…both of these rappers are known for creating music that makes you want to run through a glass door, it’s no surprise that ‘New Level’ is hard as f**k. Over a scathing bass line that’ll make your skull rattle, Ferg and Future trade some fierce bars.”
After wrapping two co-headlining tours in early 2016 with G-Eazy and Tory Lanez, along with a series of festival dates, Ferg will bring his high-energy and charismatic set on his “Turnt & Burnt” North American headlining tour this fall. The 27-date tour kicks off on October 30th in Iowa City, IA and will make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada including New York, San Francisco, Toronto and more. The tour will feature support from Playboy Carti and Rob $tone. Tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketmaster this Friday, August 26th at 10 am local time.
Ferg is also gearing up to release his second collection through his partnership with Los Angeles denim brand, AGOLDE this fall. Keep an eye out for the collection with Ferg’s unique set of designs launching soon.
A$AP FERG HEADLINING TOUR DATES
** denotes A$AP Ferg only date
Sat Oct-29 – Chicago, IL – Freaky Deaky Festival **
Sun Oct-30 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose
Mon Oct-31 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Tue Nov-01 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
Wed Nov-02 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Fri Nov-04 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Sat Nov-05 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
Mon Nov-07 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
Wed Nov-09 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Thu Nov-10 – Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom
Sat Nov-12 – Los Angeles, CA – Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival **
Sun Nov-13 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Tue Nov-15 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Thu Nov-17 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Fri Nov-18 – Mobile , AL – Soul Kitchen
Mon Nov-21 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Tue Nov-22 – Richmond, VA – The National
Wed Nov-23 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Fri Nov-25 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Sun Nov-27 – Toronto, Ontario – The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mon Nov-28 – London, Ontario – London Music Hall
Wed Nov-30 – Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
Thu Dec-01 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Fri Dec-02 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
** denotes A$AP Ferg only date
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This weekend, my Montrealers, prepare yourselves for some monumental celebrating. We're well aware it's the rainy weekend leading up to Halloween, but you best think again if you assumed the next few days were going to be any variation of chill. Renowned for its wildly glamorous parties each and every weekend, from Les Samedis Beat the Clock to its esteemed Industry Sundays, CLUB MUZIQUE is the most popular nightclub in the city, and it wants to spend its upcoming birthday proving just why that is the case.
The immense fun all kicks off on Friday, October 21st, with the multi-hyphenate artist who was once crowned "Canada's #1 Female DJ": DJ RHIANNON. Having opened for the likes of Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki, Rhiannon is a self-taught wonder, having taken to early 2000s Technics 1200 turntables plus a stack of house and breakbeat records to hone her ear for sounds that draw partygoers to the dancefloor. She'll be at the turntable all night to deliver just this.
Muzique is following up with a similarly lit Saturday eve, when trailblazing GOONTRIBE will take over the club for all of October 22nd's high-flying celebration. The early conceptualizers of some of Montreal's hypest events, these promoters eventually evolved into the DJ-MC duo of Chops on the mic and Goldenchild at the turntable. Today the award-winning collaborative effort is helmed by JERICHO, CHOPS, KIDD, J-FRO, JEMZ, TRVLSALESMAN and DELEON, and all 7 will be present to mark 7 years worth of insane years Muzique has spent as the frontrunner of Blvd. Saint-Laurent.
Back to back, keep calm and carry on into Sunday, October 23, when AVI LARGE & DONALD LAUTURE will be hitting up the lavish destination. They're inviting you to celebrate the historic 7 years the club has seen, with deep house cuts and champagne flowing to the rhythm of the bass.
Finally, on October 25th — the authentic birthday of the place that's more than a building with sparkling lights and surround-sound speakers, but a place where memories are created and lifelong relationships are born — Detroit all-star producer MARC KINCHEN will be touching down in MTL to throw one of the greatest clubbing events our city's downtown has ever seen. Hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Dance charts in 1993 and '94 consecutively, Kinchen's remixes have maintained a massive presence on the house scene.
So raise a glass to 7 stellar years of laughs, drinks, and music at Muzique! Starting this weekend and lasting until Tuesday, 3781 Saint-Laurent Blvd is going to represent nightlife's success to transform one building into a haven for people looking to have fun.
This Saturday, August 20th, the intensely popular nightlife daydream that is StereoBar will be embracing a variety of dark artists for an eve-long takeover ft. the epic lineup of PAOLO ROCCO, OTIS and LESSI S., all back-to-back.
A Montreal native, Paolo Rocco knows how to get the party started. He first started gaining traction with the single “Move Body, Move Forward,” which shot its way to the top of Beatport’s Deep House chart. He’s now known for his multitude of remixes which demonstrate his stronghold on Montreal’s ever-shifting party atmosphere. He’s produced tracks like “That I Am” with Real Tone Records and “People Say,” released exclusively on Saved Records. He and Ryan Otis will be at the helm in StereoBar from 10PM until 3AM.
Last but not least, Lessi S. is a MTL-derived minimal house prodigy, with a ‘less is more’ attitude that finds manifestation in labels Get Physical Music and Bauhaus Collective.
These homebred homies will be showing StereoBar in raw moments for an unbeatable way to spend one of your last summer weekends. Snatch your tickets here for under $10.
Ready to get riled up for a wild and vicious show this upcoming Friday? Look no further than New City Gas, downtown MTL’s EDM hub. For August 19th they have none other than GRYFFIN crash-landing into Quebec to wow the raving crowds, and it’s going to be one of the most soaring shows of the summer.
Born Dan Griffith, NYC-based Gryffin has smoothly claimed his spot in the dance spotlight with his hit remixes of the likes of Maroon 5’s “Animals,” Years & Years’ “Desire” and Tove Lo’s “Talking Body.” Although his tracks have amassed upwards of 100 million streams online, he launched his musical career on the other end of the spectrum as a classically trained pianist who began to dabble in music production when he moved to the West Coast to attend the University of Southern California. Most recently, his first original work “Heading Home” ft. Josef Salvat, flew straight to #1 on Spotify’s US Viral Chart.
This Friday, August 19th, we’ll catch you at NCG for an unstoppable night on the wings of an immaculate DJ set by Gryffin. Purchase tickets here for $16 General Admission or $36 VIP/Line Bypass, and do it fast. Doors open at 10pm.
Get ready MTL, for one of the most turnt Sundays of the summer. The biggest outdoor club in North America, located in Pointe-Calumet just half an hour outside of downtown Montreal, is set to break down its barriers and transform into a party fit for Miami. Light up the Fierté weekend with some raging EDM and the sand between your toes as you throw caution to the wind and lose yourself to the sounds of DADA LIFE.
The DJ duo from Stockholm, consisting of Olle Cornéer and Stefan Engblom, take partying very seriously and are sure to make it happen like it’s nobody’s business. The electrohouse musicians first burst onto the scene in 2006 and ever since have been causing riots at clubs worldwide, including in 2012 when they played for over 100,000 fans on their North American tour and reportedly used more than 3,000 bottles of champagne and 8,000 lbs of bananas. Their performances are infamous for being like nothing else out there, which shouldn’t come as a surprise from the party musicians who broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest pillow fight.
One thing’s for sure: this is a Sunday at the notorious Beachclub that most certainly won’t be a day of rest. The party starts at 11AM and lasts until sundown. Tickets range from $30 General Admission to $50 VIP All-Access, and should be purchased online right here before they sell out! It’s #beachdayeveryday as we continue to celebrate away under the summer sun.
What’s that we hear? Not too exhausted from an insane Friday night at the club, and dying to keep the party going? That’s where we come in handy. This Saturday will be just as hype as the soirée the evening before, when Canadian DJ MARK ANTHONY will be making an appearance at the most nonstop after hours this side of North America — that’s right, Mark Anthony is here to play all night and into the morning at (((Stereo))).
When he was just 16, Mark started to spin hip hop and reggae tracks around the dance halls of his hometown, right here in Montreal. He was soon granted a regular position DJing Thunderdome, the legendary industrial club, and quickly became entrenched in the underground warehouse scene of Old Montreal and the Plateau. He built his enormous following headlining Montreal’s renowned Black & Blue main event in 1995, and in ’98 co-founded the nightclub (((Stereo))) itself. Now he’s back to take to the booth and reign as king of the castle he built, all during Fierté Montreal Pride week.
Tickets to this must-see all night event are $30 general admission or $25 early bird, and can either be purchased at the door or in advance right here. It’ll be a packed house for Pride, aplomb with the exact sounds (((Stereo))) was built for: textured house beats, blending shake-it percussion and savvy special effects. Mark Anthony was once awarded the title of “Best Canadian DJ,” and this night will be sure to prove why. Doors open at 2AM on the night of Saturday, August 14th, and the next-level set lasts well until next morning’s sunrise has come and past.
Brace yourselves for the upcoming Friday. I mean it. Brace yourselves. Because at StereoBar, two of MTL's most on-fire DJs will be going head-to-head to make for one whirling night at the world-class pre-afterhours exposition. Only on Friday, August 12th, Cesar Romero will be joined by Jesse Zotti. Expect deep and soaring techno vibes to carry you through the middle of your Augusts.
Cesar Romero hails originally from Santiago, Chile — playing local clubs until ranking first in a DJ competition that gave him the courage to leave his home country in search of an electronic music career elsewhere. After a successful stint in Mexico, Romero found his way to the city that finally grabbed his heart: Montreal, his current home and the domain that helped him really come into his own behind the DJ booth.
He'll be joined by Montreal resident Jesse Zotti, a prog-house wonder who's known to take the stage at StereoBar time and again. Without a doubt one of the city's rising stars, his set this Friday will accompany Cesar Romero’s high-flying dance beats with perfection.
So on Friday, August 12th, be braced for a night of dancing to some seismic August beats. Tickets to see Cesar Romero, Jesse Zotti and Johnny Messina can be purchased online right here. Doors are opened at 10pm and stay that way until 3am.
The third edition of îleSoniq, presented by Fido in collaboration with Bud Light Living, Montréal’s foremost electronic get together, welcomed more than 50,000 dancers and music fans at parc Jean-Drapeau, this past weekend.
Festival attendees looking for excitement enjoyed many surprises îleSoniq had in store. With its colourful decors, cutting-edge LED screens and impressive use of fire works, îleSoniq has quickly secured itself a position on the international festival circuit. It provides an unforgettable festival experience in a captivating site just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Montréal.
The young yet increasingly important festival thrilled fans with performances by the famous American DJ and producer Skrillex, back in Montréal for a rare solo performance, and the 2014 Grammy Award winner for Best Dance Recording, Zedd, among others.
Special mention goes to the duo DJ/producers The Chainsmokers, DVBBS as well as, Yellow Claw, Ferry Corsten presents: Gouryella, Marshmello, Oliver Heldens and many others! The best of bass was also featured, with Zomboy, NGHTMRE and indie house artists such as Hannah Wants, Jai Wolfand Bondax.
The Montréal club legend Tiga unveiled her new audiovisual stage production, a North American first.
îleSoniq attracts fans from all over While being a gathering for fans from Montréal and the rest of the province, îleSoniq is proud to announce that close to 25% of festival fans come from outside of Quebec, several of them coming from as far away as Australia, Austria, Brazil, Cameroun, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Holland, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. After only three years, îleSoniq is already generating significant economic benefits and contributing to reinforcing Montréal’s reputation on the world stage.
ÎLESONIQ 2016 IN NUMBERS
• 3rd edition
• 46 artists and DJs
• 2 days at Parc Jean-Drapeau
• 3 stages
• More than 50,000 fans
• 9 after-parties
• More than 10 îleSoniq events during the year
• 1 pre-party
Proud of the success of the three first years, îleSoniq will be back at parc Jean-Drapeau in 2017. The exact dates will be confirmed shortly. We are anxious to see our vibrant, enthusiastic fans ready to dance!
îleSoniq would like to thank its public partners, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine and Tourisme Montréal.
See you next year at îleSoniq 2017!
This Saturday, August 6th, the internationally renowned prelude to after-hours joint STEREO, the dark and atmospheric StereoBar, will be hosting a one-of-a-kind affair with Montreal resident dj JAY LONDON. He’ll be in the house for an unforgettable eve rife with pitch-black beats and somber sonic setlist.
The precocious electronic producer started honing his passion for music at the age of 8 when he first got his hands on a drum set. After adding a guitar and piano to that mix, London discovered house music, and the rest was history. He’s a longtime collaborator with Stereo frequenter Paolo Rocco, and although he’s played major shows in everywhere from New York to South Africa, his MTL appearances are often the most victorious. His career is just beginning, and this Saturday you’ll have the chance to catch him in his element at the one of downtown Montreal’s most esteemed venues.
So head on down to StereoBar this Saturday, August 6th for a special JAY LONDON August weekend kickoff. Doors open at 10pm and tickets may be purchased at the venue.
This Friday, îleSoniq presented by FIDO in collaboration with Bud Light Living will open its doors to all the festivalgoers at Parterre du Parc Jean-Drapeau!
Weekend Passes and 1-Day Passes are still available on ilesoniq.com
îleSoniq doors open at noon with performances beginning at 1pm and ending at 11pm on both days.
Getting to îleSoniq
We recommend that you purchase your transit fares for the return trip to the festival in advance, making it easier for you to catch the metro after the show. That way, you’ll avoid waiting in line to buy your fare and you’ll get home faster! Don’t miss the last metro! Below are the last train departure times:
Jean Drapeau station
Friday at 01:02 a.m.
Saturday at 01:32 a.m.
Sunday at 01:02 a.m.
Friday at 01:00 a.m.
Saturday at 01:30 a.m.
Sunday at 01:00a.m.
Would you rather take the scenic route to IleSoniq? Directions on how to reach Parc Jean-Drapeau by bicycle, and foot can be found here.
Use our FREE bicycle valet service, a safe and secured bicycle parking lot open from 11am to 12:30am each festival day, conveniently located next to the Jean Drapeau metro and only steps away from the festival’s main entrance.
Restrictions on the festival site
To keep our fans safe some articles are not allowed on the festival site. We suggest you take a look at the list before coming on site. The list can be found on ilesoniq.com in the Info section.
Keep yourself light on your feet by using one of our lockers to stow your personal items for $18 a day or $36 for both days. We provide safe, secure, and easy storage with ALL-DAY access so you can come and go to your locker at any time!
Be sure to download the ÎLESONIQ 2016 mobile app, available for iPhone and Android, in order to create your own personalized schedule, get notifications when your favourite artists are about to hit the stage and much more! iPhone // Android
Dancing all day can be tiring. Fans who need to rest are welcomed to do so in the Haven, a chill zone in the forest with hammocks, FIDO charging stations and staff from GRIP Montreal available to answer questions about psychoactive substances. The Haven is located on the other side of the little bridge near the entrance.
Official Pre and Afterparties
A series of official îleSoniq pre and afterparties will be taking place in the city once the shows are over at Parterre du Parc Jean-Drapeau. There is something for everyone! Click here for the full schedule and to buy tickets!
îleSoniq presented by Fido in collaboration with Bud Light Living will once again be host to a variety of exclusive art installations! A selection of artwork from the Osheaga 2016 Collection will be kept on site for îleSoniq, which will allow for a higher number of festivalgoers to take advantage of this unique initiative.
In addition to the impressive scenic elements that make up the festival’s brand and reputation, several exclusive and interactive artistic projects will also come to life during the 2016 edition of îleSoniq. Here are a few examples of the art installations that will be set up on site.
Virgin Mobile presents the OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival in collaboration with Molson Canadian taking place July 29 through 31 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Here are a few things to know as well as the schedule for the SOLD OUT 11th edition!
OSHEAGA doors open at noon with performances beginning at 1pm and ending at 11:00pm for all 3 days of the festival.
The best way to get to OSHEAGA is by public transit. To accommodate fans, the STM will issue a special edition weekend pass. Valid from 10 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, the pass only costs $17.00 ! Please note this special fare card is only sold on July 28 and 29. Visit stm.info to know where to buy this pass.
To keep our fans safe some articles are not allowed on the festival site. We suggest you take a look at the list before coming on site. The list can be found on Osheaga.com in the Info section.
Osheaga is Montreal and Montreal = food! More than ever the festival strives to offer a variety of quality food to fans. The festival has vegetarian and gluten-free options on top of the multiple food trucks on located in the Food Zone presented by the festival YUL EAT, fans will have plenty to satisfy their taste buds and stomachs.
OSHEAGA strongly suggests that you purchase your bracelets from an official point of sale; bracelets sold by re-sellers may not be valid.
And support your favourite artists and the festival by only purchasing official promotional merchandise sold on the festival site or on the online store. Merchandise sold in the Metro station or anywhere else outside of the festival site are NOT official OSHEAGA merchandise.
A series of official Osheaga after parties will be taking place in the city once the shows are over at Parc Jean-Drapeau. There is something for everyone! Click here for the full schedule and to buy tickets!
What’s up Montreal? The doctor is in, and he has a prescription for you this upcoming Beaux Dimanche. StereoBar, the illustrious nightclub which precedes a perfect night at the great after-hours Stereo, is hosting one of your favourite electronica duos for one unreal party to kick off the summer lineup. Tickets will be available at the door, and the venue is open 10pm to 3. And guess what? You don’t have an excuse not to make an appearance — it’s doctor’s orders, after all.
Longtime Stereo residents MONITORS know how to go all night long. The twin faces behind Mile End’s Faceless Recordings, their multitude of remixes demonstrate their stronghold on Montreal’s ever-shifting party atmosphere. At the start of the summer MONITORS dropped their J’ADORE EP, featuring remixes by Droog, Silky, Stefan Z and Ominous.
So make sure to drop by StereoBar to usher in August ’16 with MONITORS and KRESSEL this Sunday, July 31st, as part of the infamous Les Beaux Dimanches series.
There won’t be a single reason to turn down on Sunday, July 31st at Beachclub Pointe-Calumet, when the force of a dance music maverick will build the day from sandy ruins. Up-close and personal, the day-drunk venue is set to be shaken to the core by one and only CARNAGE with very special guest FLOYD MAYWEATHER!
Known as Papi Gordo by fans on Twitter, hip-hop hybrid beat-maker Carnage has made a name for himself on the festival circuit by harnessing a specific genre of party music. Enthused by hype trap breakdowns and hands-in-the-air hollers, a show put on by Carnage means a show where standing still is not an option. The sounds he throws into the air are free and untamed, impossible to define: “I really enjoy a life of whatever I feel like doing. It’s impulsive. If I need to make a rap record I make it, if I desire to create a home record I make it. If I desire to make some pretty sh*t I make some pretty sh*t, you know?” He’s worked with some of the trillest in the game, including Migos, A$AP Ferg, and recently ILoveMakonnen on “I Love Tuh” and Timmy Trumpet with “PSY or DIE.”
If you want to find yourself caught in the middle of a show-stopping set by one of the industry’s genre-defying acts, and we all know you do, then turn it up all the way to Beachclub this Sunday. Grab your tickets here for between $35 General Admission or $50 VIP. Doors open at 11AM and stay that way until the sun sets on July 2016 for good.
July 2016 is inevitably coming to a close, and you know what that means? It’s time to renew yourself, start composing that summer bucket list, and revving up for a whole August’s worth of parties and celebration to assure this will be the wildest month of the summer yet. The city’s downtown nightlife circuit has a lot of exciting events planned for the summer nights that await, but as of now, the festivities have already begun.
One of the first major soirées of the year comes in the form of ERIC CLOUTIER and ADAM SOLOMON, who’ll be playing live at Stereobar this upcoming Friday, July 29th. Eric Cloutier, a Detroit-originated electronica hero a decade in the making, has gathered a passionate following over the years with his body-oriented dark house sound. Dancefloor dwellers within the confines of our favourite pre-after-hours club this Friday night will also be confronted by the massive drops of MTL resident Adam Solomon: a usual suspect at Stereobar and loads of other Montreal hotspots.
So finish off the month by heading over to Stereobar this Friday, July 29th. Eric Cloutier and Adam Solomon are a surefire duo to maximize the good times on your weekend party checklist. The music starts at 10pm and doesn’t stop until 3am. Tickets will be sold at the door.
This Saturday, July 23rd, the internationally-renowned after-hours Stereo will be hosting a one-of-a-kind affair with none other than techno mogul GUTI. He’ll be joined by MTL’s favourite bird OSTRICH and JAY LONDON for an unforgettable night rife with pitch-black beats and a somber sonic atmosphere.
Rooted in the philosophy of jazz music from his humble beginnings, for the past decade Guti has been one of the most distinct voices on the Latino American house scene. In 2010 the producer moved to Düsseldorf to target all his focus on his what would be released on the debut project that took the world by storm: “Patio de juegos,” released on Desolat.
Ostrich, the multidisciplinary Montreal-based artist, will also be in the house. Beginning as a filmmaker before developing a penchant for the city’s vibrant nightlife world, he uses his cinematic roots to build a narrative approach with his tunes and live sets. As a resident DJ at Salon Daomè and (((Stereo))), his “Art To Ashes” shook the city upon its arrival in 2014.
Third up to bat is the famed Montreal-raised Jay London, a Stereo resident who has played to enormous crowds from Canada to New York to South Africa. (((Stereo))) will be vibing with some next-level elevation all night as the this amalgamation of sounds continues to get bigger and louder.
Grab tickets to back-to-back sets from Guti x Ostrich x Jay London this Saturday at (((Stereo))) right here for between $24 — $30. Doors open at 2AM and don’t close till 10AM.
Isn’t it crazy how time flies? Now that we’ve found ourselves in the midpoint of 2016, and last Christmas is as far away as the next one is near, our very merry Saint-Denis restobar CLÉBARD is bringing us one special holiday gift. In collaboration with Grolsch, NOËL DES CAMPEURS arrives Saturday, July 23rd this year, complete with camping decor, gleaming Xmas trees, and festive rockers LES TI-GARS.
Two additional special guests this weekend include Père Noël and Montreal Dj John Lee. Clébard is one of the best places in the Plateau to dance and socialize and celebrate, whether for a luxurious cocktail or a smooth bourbon. They recently introduced a new bistro menu and dozens of cocktails. So don your Santa hat and camping gear and get ready to rock around the Christmas tree at 4557 Saint-Denis.
Entry is FREE. Check out the Facebook event here, and ring 514-903-4456 for more info.
For three straight moonlit nights in a row this weekend, get ready to get down at the newest fixture of Montreal’s exuberant downtown nightlife scene. ‘Soirée’ is the only thing on the menu this Thursday, July 21st through to Saturday the 23rd, with the grand unveiling of the prestigious nightclub RENDEZ-VOUS gracing all us Montrealers at 3565 Saint-Dominique.
Cutting-edge and gorgeous interiors, top-notch service from bartenders and bouncers alike, plus the city’s premier DJs will latch onto your attention this July and never loosen their grip. Each and every Thursday a brand new guest DJ will be making an appearance as part of Rendez-Vous’s WEEKLY REUNION parties, from hometown hero TIZI helming the speakers this Thursday evening, to the likes of STEF AGOSTINO, PHILIP WHITE, DAVID A., MIKE ROBIA, GESES, JOHN ADAMS and FAFA KHAN all backed by PATRICK CHAMPAGNE — all recurrent Montreal producers — setting the stage for the remainder of the summer.
Relishing in an open concept which allows for two main bars and VIP tables to up the sense of freedom of each wild night at RDV, Rue Saint-Dominique will surely never be the same. Launching this Thursday at 10PM and lasting three nights until 3AM, Le Rendez-Vous will simply revitalize MTL’s going-out atmosphere in all the ways it needed to be.
We’ll catch you out there at 3565 Saint-Dominique all weekend. Cover charge is 10$ or free on guestlist before 12:30am!
If your Saturday didn’t take you to the extreme this mid-July weekend, there’s only one way to sort that out. Right at Beachclub Pointe-Calumet, located just half an hour from downtown Montreal and boasting the ranking of biggest outdoor venue in North America, you’ll have the chance to lose yourself like Monday will never come. Among the #1 international DJs in the flex, all-star sisters NERVO will be landing down in MTL straight from Australia, destined to light up the beach with their lite-brite sound.
Raised in Melbourne, at age 16 twins Miriam and Olivia Nervo were taken by a modelling agency even though music was always their ultimate aim. They later veered into a songwriting career with the single “Negotiate with Love” written for Rachel Stevens, and in the same year, stepped behind the studio mics themselves to record the 2005 single “Boobjob.” In the years to follow, Nervo would go on to sign with a major Swedish label and collaborate with the renowned likes of Kesha, the Pussycat Dolls and Afrojack. The duo has grown into novices of the festival circuit, and certainly won’t be turning down the heat for their upcoming appearance in Quebec.
#Beachdayeverday continues on Saturday, July 17th, when the songwriting masterminds take the stage to play their best and latest to the ecstatic crowd you know you wanna be a part of at Beachclub Pointe-Calumet. Beginning Sunday at 11AM, tickets range from $35 General Admission to $60 VIP, and they’re going fast. Get them here!
While Montreal’s an urban scape filled with daytime festivals and park relaxation, don’t forget about its bustling nightlife. MTL electronic dance music venues are unique and unrivalled by all other North American cities, and one of the greatest of all is Rue Ottawa’s New City Gas. NCG is a temple for anyone who wants to go wild, and the DJ sets it presents are simply out of this world.
This upcoming Saturday the 16th, don’t miss your chance to catch the one and only LEE BURRIDGE Live. Ever since discovering the acid house genre over a decade ago, his illustrious career has seen him become one of the most revered DJs from England. He started pursuing his dream on the Hong Kong clubbing scene, migrated to Thailand to spin now-legendary moon parties, and before he knew it, the British mastermind was having his name printed near the top of lists in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ Poll, Muzik’s DJ of the Month and Mixmag’s Best Up and Coming DJ.
This weekend Lee Burridge will be joined at New City Gas by hometown luminary DRISS SKALI. Purchase tickets here for between only $16 — $36 if you wanna go wild with them this Saturday, and we know you do. Doors open at 10PM and don’t close until 3AM.
Are you ready for another night of losing yourself at the enigmatic after-hours that is Stereo? You better be! We all know you want to make the most of this high-flying July, live fast with no regrets, so there’s no better place for you than within the confines of one of MTL’s greatest party venues. Now this Saturday, for the very first time ever, all ROMAN FLÜGEL, SEBASTIAN MULLAERT and CESAR ROMERO will play under the same roof and build each other’s energies to topmost peak. It’s going to be insane.
Roman Flügel’s sets comprise over twenty years of rave music in one fresh breath of house, techno, and obscure Italo-house. He calls it acid house, but avid fans of the German producer, and there are several around the world, experience it as a feverish dance dream. He is sometimes a gentle giant at the nightclubs in Germany, letting his free-spirit course through the veins of the venue — but often also an up-and-away vision of the history of EDM all combined. His remixes of Daft Punk, Pet Shop Boys and Kylie Minogue are reasons alone to pay the admission price.
One half of the internationally-acclaimed Swedish duo MINILOGUE, Sebastian Mullaert’s range of techno, house and ambient sonic landscapes displays why he’s a producer practically born to spin at (((Stereo))). Now that Mullaert’s strayed from his Minilogue roots and begun to pursue solo work all over the world, his live performances have taken on an innovative setup: improvised jams with electronic instruments, free-spirited on the fly creations, and acoustic artists in addition to DJs.
Cesar Romero hails originally from Santiago, Chile — playing local clubs until ranking first in a DJ competition that gave him the courage to leave his home country in search of an electronic music career elsewhere. After a successful stint in Mexico, Romero found his way to the city that finally grabbed his heart: Montreal, his current home and the domain that helped him really come into his own behind the DJ booth.
On Saturday, July 16th, brace yourself for a night of losing it to three of the world’s best traveling producers all under one roof. Tickets to catch Roman Flügel, Sebastian Mullaert and Cesar Romero can be purchased online right here. Doors open at 2AM and don’t close until 10.
UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, this show has been postponed to a later date not yet announced.
On Sunday, when the sun rays will come out to play at the newly-resurrected Beachclub in Pointe-Calumet, so will all-star house musician EDX. There’s no better place to rave to the sounds of Zurich’s greatest EDM exports than in the exotic setting of North America’s biggest outdoor club space. Located just half an hour from downtown Montreal, Beachclub provides the undeniable spot to throw down at the end of your weekend.
Better known by his stage name EDX, Maurizio Colella has been in the game for the past two decades. From the initial single “I’m Not Interested” which announced his arrival on the Swiss scene, to last year’s “Missing (ft. Mingue)” or this year’s “Roadkill,” EDX has produced official remixes for the likes of Benny Benassi, Mary J. Blige and Sam Feldt, as well as helped catapult Spinnin’ Records from their humble beginnings to their current status.
Collela will be joined by Nora En Pure — who also hails from Zurich and fittingly just dropped a deep house mix entitled “On The Beach” — and one of Switzerland’s utmost dymanic and most-wanted house pros, Croatia Squad.
All three producers are about to touch down in Montreal for a powerful massage of the ear canal with their sonic journeys, with plans on spending Sunday, July 10th as big room techno masterminds of Plage de Pointe-Calumet. General admission is $15 and VIP stage access tix are $40. Buy them here and do it quickly! This is the first time EDX has taken the stage at Beachclub, but it surely won’t be the last.
UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, this show has been moved to Club Le Cinq on Saturday July 9th at 10pm. All tickets purchased will be honored at the door but season passes will not grant you access to this off-site event.
On this Saturday, July 9th, Beachclub will be struck by a tidal wave of two of the most celebrated brothers in the industry at the moment. For one serene day, VINAI will be in MTL to transfix their fans at Pointe-Calumet with their immaculate live show. The doors to paradise open at 11AM and don’t close till 8PM.
Alessandro & Andrea Vinai are Italian brothers who decided to join forces and try producing music. After a series of releases and collabs their signature style caught on, coming to be known internationally as “big room bounce music.” Their unreal smash hit “Bounce Generation” reached the top spot on Beatport less than a week from its release, and after heaps of radio support, VINAI reached the ears of listeners worldwide. When they teamed with Canadian group DVBBS to helm the track “RAVEOLOGY,” they became permanently cemented in the current house music conversation.
Gaining more strength everyday in the neuvo Italian big room wave, VINAI shows no signs of slowing down. Get your tickets to check them out at Beachclub Pointe-Calumet, this season’s hotspot decked with several terraces, cabanas pool bars, luxury beds and a full-on beach, on Saturday, July 9th right here ($20 presale — $40 VIP admission).
In an attempt to top the insane lineup of musicians hosted last month by the famed after-hours (((STEREO))), this Friday night promises to be a big one. Until all hours of the morning, TONE DEPTH and JESSE ZOTTI will be blaring their unique blends of house and techno in the heart of Montreal’s nightlife quarters.
Tone Depth hails from Montreal, reigning as a crowd favourite in the city for the transformative deep house vibes he brings to all of his sets. He’s worked with the likes of Ready Mix Records and Great Stuff Recordings, and his albums include “Taking Time [Part 1],” “Homeless” and “What We Do / Everything Is Colour.”
He’ll be joined by MTL-resident Jesse Zotti, a prog-house wonder who has been known to take to the DJ booth at (((Stereo)) time and again. Without a doubt one of the city’s rising stars, his set this Friday will accompany Tone Depth’s high-flying dance beats with perfection.
So this Friday, July 8th, be braced for a night of raving to some pretty seismic early July beats. Tickets to see Tone Depth and Jesse Zotti can be purchased right here starting noon, July 5th. Doors open at 2AM and don’t close until 10 the next morning.
The Netherlands are a nation known for churning out hype music and electronic musicians of the highest calibre, but who was one of the names that started it all? Even if you don’t follow the scene you’ll have heard his name because he’s just that good — his trance will leave you breathless and his performances will knock you off your feet. His name is Tiësto, and he’ll be coming at you straight from MTL’s summer hotspot, Beachclub Pointe-Calumet, this Sunday.
Beginning his career in 1994, Tijs Michiel Verwest started releasing hardcore tracks under a variety of aliases, leading to him sign with Rotterdam-based Basic Beat. He spent years climbing the ladder and perfecting his craft in the Dutch dance world, before making his first real impact in the early 2000s with the release of “In My Memory.” Many red-hot singles and continental tours later, he dropped “Just Be” — featuring “Traffic,” the first non-vocal track to hit the #1 spot in the Dutch charts for 23 years.
Some Olympics ceremonies, Grammy awards, six studio albums and all-star collabs later, Tiësto is one of the biggest and most influential names in all of EDM. This Sunday the 3rd, progressive house’s main man will be tearing up the sandy shores at Pointe-Calumet, located just one half-hour bus ride from downtown Montreal. Tickets for this not-to-miss event are $60 General Admission/$90 VIP Houston, and can be purchased right here. We’ll see you out there!
Friday, Friday, Friday. This Friday, Montreal has revved up its offerings for the 1st of July and Canada Day. One prime example: RECONDITE, a master of audio landscapes heavensent from Berlin, and local producer PAOLO ROCCO will both be present at (((STEREO))) for an after hours party you’ll never forget.
It's tough to describe the psychotic German fog that enshrouds the sound of Recondite, but we'll try. It's dark and moody, like wandering through a forest. It starts small and climbs level upon level, reaching soaring heights with the windswept wings of a bird. It's the optimum soundtrack for a night out at (((Stereo))), the infamous destination to end up once all other venues close for the night. And with none other than MANO LE TOUGH and Paolo Rocco hitting the decks later, this night could have you dancing in a way you never thought possible.
A Montreal native, Paolo Rocco knows how to get the party started. He first started gaining traction with the single “Move Body, Move Forward,” which shot its way to the top of Beatport’s Deep House chart. He’s now known for his multitude of remixes which demonstrate his stronghold on Montreal’s ever-shifting party atmosphere. He’s produced tracks like “That I Am” with Real Tone Records and “People Say,” released exclusively on Saved Records.
If you know what’s good for your first grand soirée of July 2016, music is most def the answer. Tickets to see Recondite X Mano Le Tough X Paolo Rocco on July 1st, from 2AM to 11AM at (((Stereo))) are between $46 — $52, and you can snatch ‘em right here.
This Saturday, at the luxurious and ever-popular party venue Beachclub, two of our time’s most-booked EDM maestros will be present in Pointe-Calumet to welcome the month of July with open arms and raised palms. Starting at 11AM, SHARAM is going to be bringing his A WAREHOUSE album tour to everyone celebrating under the sun — and he’ll be tag-teamed by the one-of-a-kind SANDER KLEINENBERG.
Born Sharam Tayeb, the progressive house producer Sharam is one half of the former tech house duo DEEP DISH. His premiere studio album as a solo artist, “Get Wild,” dropped in 2009 to rave reviews. This year he followed up with “Retroactive” an odyssey through earlier influences which includes collabs with the likes of Giorgio Moroder and Chance Caspian.
Dutch producer Sander Kleinenberg will also be at the helm of MTL’s go-to summer destination. The founder of Little Mountain Recordings and artist behind over 10 acclaimed studio albums, Kleinenberg has been DJing since he was a 15 year old teen in the Netherlands. Inspired by Depeche Mode and Mantronix, over several decades Kleinenberg has built a legacy of topping the progressive house charts and incorporating digital video visuals into his larger than life concerts.
So come on out to Beachclub on Saturday, July 2nd, for a sun-soaked day with some of the best EDM you’re going to get all year. Wristbands for Sharam and Sander Kleinenberg range from $20 presale to $40 VIP Access, and you can grab them right here.
This Thursday, June 30th, prep yourself for a wicked night at Canada’s ultimate late-night party destination. At the one and only (((STEREO))), the after-hours spot you know you can’t resist, the June finale is bringing you a lit DJ duo to make the launch of your weekend unforgettable.
Heard of CHUS & CHEBALLOS? They’re undoubtedly Spain’s strongest pair of producers. Chus L. Esteban and J. Pablo Ceballos are the founding fathers of Stereo Productions: one of the most influential Spanish EDM labels of this decade, and the creators of the ‘Iberican Sound’ movement. They both hail from the same small Madrid village, but have worked their way up to master status, which has secured the DJs formidable residences at nightclubs across the globe — from Ibiza to Burning Man, Tokyo to LA, and even Montreal’s (((STEREO))). Their eclectic sound ranges from tribal drums to official remixes of Madonna, J.Lo and Shakira, and this weekend, this red-hot variety of tracks will be unleashed upon MTL.
So on June 30th, step into the vibe and trailblaze your way up to (((Stereo))), where music is the answer and it doesn’t stop until the sun comes up. Chus & Ceballos are the definitive best way to spend your Thursday night and Friday morning, and you better grab your tickets here soon, because the sellout risk is sky-high. One night with Chus & Ceballos is just over $40, and doors open at 2am and don’t close till after 10.
OSHEAGA Music and Arts festival presented by Virgin Mobile in collaboration with Molson Canadian is proud to announce the festival’s detailed schedule. Once again this year, festivalgoers will be able to enjoy 3 full days of music and arts in beautiful Parc Jean-Drapeau from July 29th to the 31st. Festival and single day passes are still available but going quickly. Buy yours now at www.osheaga.ca
In the midst of our 11th edition, we are proud to announce that local artists Koriass and Safia Nolin have been added to the incredible lineup!
Take a deep breath Montreal. Just last year, the all-new summer clubhouse Beachclub Pointe-Calumet was greeted by the likes of Dan Bilzerian and Kylie Jenner. If you thought at any point that our city may be undergoing too many celebs to handle, think again. The one-and-only PARIS HILTON will be gracing us with her illustrious presence on Saturday, June 25th. I repeat: Paris Hilton is DJing a rage at Beachclub this Saturday, and you’re all invited.
The all-American celebutante has been on everyone’s radar since her reality show "The Simple Life" debuted in 2003. At just about the same time, she rose to infamy for the release of her sex tape with Rick Salomon entitled "1 Night in Paris." Following a slew of spotlight mishaps and successes, Ms. Hilton premiered a DJ set in Brazil in 2012, and has continued to make turntable appearances ever since. She’s spent her career making waves as a face that’s everywhere whilst it’s hard to define exactly what it is she does, and this Saturday at Beachclub won’t be any exception when the heiress makes her splashy stop in Quebec.
The beach paradise boasts a multitude of terraces, cabanas pools, luxury beds, VIP sections, a number of drink-soaked bars, and a majestic over-the-top stage that just this season has hosted some of the world’s hottest electronic musicians in the game. How much will it cost to get down with Paris? You can grab your tickets right here, for anything between $30 to $80. We’ll see you out there.
"Listen to the kids, bro." It's been Ye's credo ever since last summer, when he was bestowed with the VMA Vanguard Award for a lifetime's worth of achievement at the mere age of 38. The multiplatinum-selling hip-hop mastermind and outspoken tabloid personality has since proven that this particular statement reigns truer than ever. West's rollout for his seventh solo record is the stuff of pop cult scripture: for three years it made music headlines as it underwent a myriad of name changes and track listings, but not a seat was left empty at its Madison Square Garden world premiere — which operated as both an unveiling of his newfangled fashion label and the quintessential pass the aux cord listening party for the most innovative names in modern rap. Kanye summoned this array of icons altogether to his studio to assemble the feature-heavy gospel opus which so many feared would never see the light of day — so when controversy-riddled "The Life of Pablo" eventually emerged from out of the blue and onto audio streams which might as aptly be termed waves, the work-in-progress was immediately pirated in torrents: over one million times. It goes without saying that the kids are doing the same right back at him, listening perpetually to the sermon of Father Kanye.
The gospel of Kanye Omari West was written in the stars. A monstrously-ambitious adolescent, West forbade himself to bow down to traditional structures and dropped out of painting and literature courses in Chicago to drive full speed ahead into the headlights of his divine inspiration. Producing beats for burgeoning rap artists proved young West's calling, and by the time the new millennium struck, Ye struck gold with a stint at Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella Records. He dominated as an in-house producer who swiftly became the studio's pre-eminent beatmaker, and resuscitated Jay's status with his hands steering the wheel on "The Blueprint," which would arise to be known as one of the biggest hip-hop albums of the 2000s. That ranking would stand unparalleled were it not for a near-death experience that would alter the course of West's narrative and materialize in the birth of our one and only Yeezus.
Kanye's public self is entirely inseparable from the self-professed creative genius behind the iconic tracks. In the span between 2004's inception of "The College Dropout" up to last month's "Pablo" mic-drop — which the musician proclaimed, in bold Picasso fashion, remains a "living breathing changing creative expression" — Kanye has transgressed the confines imperiously instated upon black musicians or media antagonists. Ye's career has been a pilgrimage towards artistic freedom, and he's trailblazed his way across the battlefield to an endpoint where he's finally accepted as a fashion designer, commissioner of boundary-breaking film and visual works, experimental entrepreneur and social influencer. "The Life of Pablo" is nothing but an honest expression of the complexes he faces day-to-day, trying to reconcile his marriage with reality TV ingenue Kim Kardashian and his newly-minted role as loving father, all the while avoiding falling prey to the trappings of fame and abrupt success in America. "[I'm] this generation's closest thing to Einstein," Ye boasts in leaked audio for the yet-to-be-released anthem "Saint Pablo" — which was written at a breakneck pace following his confession that these visionary pursuits caused his downward plummet $53 million into debt — "So don't worry about me, I'm fine!"
He's opened up and let his audience into his strifes with domestic life, his financial decline, his obscure creative process, his lofty dreams for the future. Upcoming on Friday, August 19th in Montreal, Ye will now be letting us into "THE LIFE OF PABLO" — the most anticipated world tour of 2016. Presented by EVENKO, tickets for KANYE WEST @ THE BELL CENTRE go on sale SATURDAY, JUNE 18. Get them here.
On June 12th, the current residents of DJ Mag’s #1 spot will be touching down in the province of Quebec to deliver a sunny Sunday funday like no other. With DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE on deck, Beachclub Pointe-Calumet is going to get so turnt you won’t believe it.
The Belgian-Greek duo initially hit the scene by playing small clubs and DJing on radio station BeatFM. After living in Greece and Ibiza and gaining the attention of Axwell, they had their first big break producing the anthem of 2010’s Tomorrowland Festival: “Tomorrow (Give in to the Night).” They did the same for several years to follow, and this year dropped the much-anticipated “Meet Her at Tomorrow” with Redfoo, which appeared on the debut album “Party Rock Mansion.”
It’s #beachdayeveryday when Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are on the premises. They’ll wake you up at 11AM and carry you all through the day and into the night. Don’t forget to purchase tickets here, ranging from $80 presale to $120 VIP (which includes stage access, line bypass and exclusive entry, plus a Red Bull). This visit from the current biggest DJs in the game on Sunday won’t be one to miss, and only marks the start of months and months worth of days spent with your feet in the sand and your head in the clouds.
This Grand Prix weekend, get ready to celebrate in style at the one and only HARDWAX. The preeminent nightclub, located at 1071 Côte du Beaver Hall, is throwing four soirées in a row to honour the annual Canadian F1 races that are gracing the city, and they’re going to be lit. Hardwax is the ultimate venue in all of downtown MTL for hip-hop and positive vibes, and from Thursday to Sunday, they’ll be turning up like always and you’re more than invited.
The night of Thurs June 9th is SAVAGE: Presented by Dom Perignon, this kick-off will be scored by DJ Arabika and DJ Spin. The former was born in Paris at the onset of the 80s, worked his way up the nightlife circuit with a slick combo of hip-hop, reggaeton and dance hall. He’s since toured the world with the top artists in the game and spins weekly on the Nappy Noize radio show.
On June 10th, Brugal Rum presents BOTELLÓN: a smash-up of NYC x MTL, this evening will be hosted by Colombian house music producer Lupe Fuentes, with DJs Danny S and Fabio Brizzi spinning into the wee hours of the morning.
Hardwax is making WAVES on Saturday the 11th: Ciroc-Ultra Premium Vodka brings us the best of Canadian DJs for an unforgettable night of dancing and drinking. Tdot’s Ricochet and John J are on deck, while Montreal’s very own Kwite Sane adds to the vibe.
Then to finish it all off in the same illustrious style the Grand Prix weekend had its genesis to, Sunday’s SUNDAZE is hosted by Hennessy & Veuve Clicquot, with music once again by DJ Kwite Sane. Expect the champagne to be pouring and hands to be raised skyward as the four nights of celebration have their grand finale.
Hit up @hardwaxmontreal for the Grand Prix weekend of your life.
The annual Canadian F1 races are upon us, and two of MTL’s most sumptuous venues are sizing up to the challenge of turning our city’s landscape into a star-studded Hollywood skyline.
The Havitov Brothers, known for their special connections with personalities from L.A. and Las Vegas, are unleashing their new baby to the world: LE PINK FLAMINGO, the newest supper club in Montreal, which has its grand opening tonight. ROYCE & TAN are DJing the kick-off bash, which premieres just in time for Grand Prix weekend. The nouveau chic establishment will greet guests with delectable cuisine courtesy of famed Vegas company Simon Hospitality Group, as well as cocktails and canapés starting at 8PM.
On Thursday, June 9th, the bird is the word with ADRIEN spinning records through the night. In a nonstop style as relentless as the sports cars on Jean-Drapeau, Friday evening then follows-up with a setlist by SWINGING BOODDHA & THE ONE. But Saturday at Le Pink Flamingo may be the smoothest soirée of them all, where celeb socialite BRODY JENNER of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” fame will play king for the night. Presented by Dom Perignon, this exclusive event will also see the heartthrob heir at the turntable, spinning his favourite tracks alongside DJ YO-C.
This invitee may not come as much of a surprise, since the Havitov Brothers have built a reputation of their acquisitions over Formula Ones past — previous special guests include Scott Disick and The Weeknd. What will surprise you, however, is the amount of special guests they have lined up for the 2016 weekend at both Le Pink Flamingo and Time Supper Club.
On Friday at Time Supper Club, Montreal residents and tourists alike are granted the opportunity to kick off the Grand Prix festivities in carefree luxury with an upscale SACHIKA fashion show brought to you by Belvedere, joined by BRODY JENNER at the turntables. Saturday night is just as hype with CANDYLAND: multitalented local act EVANGELOS PAVLIS will take the stage, supported by deep house maestro ANDREW POLOLOS. Time Supper Club has a stellar lineup to behold for the city’s hugest weekend of the summer, and it’ll make for one unforgettable experience after another.
Le Pink Flamingo is located at the iconic Place Jacques-Cartier, and operates 7 days a week: 11AM - 3AM. If it’s anything like the Havitov’s other ventures, which include lavish celebrations at the Cannes Film Festival and Hollywood afterparties, it’s safe to say Le Pink Flamingo is where you’ll want to be in the next few days, and beyond.
To celebrate Montreal’s notorious Grand Prix weekend, which will summon jet-setters from all points of the globe as special guests into our turbo-speed party haven, SOMWHR Liquor Lounge is putting pedal to the medal and going all out for three nights in a row.
On Thurs, June 9th, following their first birthday rendezvous with Blond:ish, another MTL resident is bringing his electro house specialities to the table. BYNON is a British-Canadian musician who has worked in EDM production since 2009. Holding residencies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Montreal, his latest effort “Castles” is receiving a whole lot of attention.
On Fri the 10th, Somwhr is bringing the veteran producer BEHROUZ to deliver his array of subgenre-influenced San Francisco-raised beats. Behrouz is in the upper echelon of the game, and his unique dance sound has garnered him lofty acclaim and numerous award noms.
Day Three at Somwhr will be far out, with resident DJ Special K at the helm of the crystal-clear sound system to play the best from his label, Souled Out Records.
All in all, one of the Old Port’s most stunning nightlife locations has the hypest of weekends planned for the annual Canadian F1. Each and every guest gets the VIP treatment with their advanced speaker setup, vast menu of cocktails, wine, beer and specialty drinks, upbeat staff and speedy entry. Located at 401 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Somwhr Liquor Lounge opens at 10PM each night.
Montreal is getting one insane top-off to the already over-the-top slew of weekend bashes that come with the Grand Prix races. On Saturday, June 11th, Produkt is bringing us DJ Snoopadelic and Klingande, in the house at New City Gas to celebrate the annual Canadian F1.
DJ who, you ask? Snoopadelic is just the synonym for Bigg Snoop Dogg on tha 1s and 2s, the legendary American rapper who really doesn’t require an introduction. He’ll be up high onstage playing tunes alongside melodic house producer Klingande. Hailing from Northern France, Klingande developed his early appreciation of Sweden’s electronic music culture into the uplifting sound that has become his trademark today.
DJ Snoop Dogg and Klingande make for a mix that has something for everyone, and it’s sure to be one of the most euphoric, talked-about nights of the Grand Prix weekend. Be sure to hit up NCG this Saturday, June 11th. Tickets are $25 general admission and $50 VIP line bypass, and they’re on sale right now.
Known by most for its late night appeal, NYC-inspired nightclub JOVERSE is hosting a slate of 4 mind-blowing parties for Montrealers and tourists alike this Grand Prix Weekend. Keeping with their mantra New York vibe, European soul, Montreal heart, Rue St. Jacques’ optimum resto-bar-lounge will be alight from Thursday to Saturday, offering up some pretty mindblowing evenings of nonstop dancing in an urbane atmosphere.
The first of the three epic nights launches with The Grand Ritual: Presented by El Tinieblo and Don Julio, $1 oysters will be served all Thursday night, with mescal & tequila tastings hosted by Chef Matt McKean.
But things are only just beginning, because on Friday, The F1 Social pulls up into Joverse. Johnnie Walker presents a fresh Formula One experience for those who are inspired and original, with a soundtrack all night long spun by St. Martin-based DJ El Diablo.
On Saturday the Grand Prix’s grandiosity reaches an all-time high with the Annual F1 Ultimate Lobster Party. This much-lauded event joins together the ultimate F1 pairing: Grey Goose vodka and Chef Shaun Bazinet’s famous lobster. With over 500lbs of lobster in the house, you won’t even remember what happened on the racetrack when you get a taste of what Joverse has in store.
Book your table now for each of these exclusive events by dialing 514-508-4075, or emailing [email protected]. Look forward to the Grand Prix weekend of your life, brought to you by the one and only Joverse.
Each and every year when Montreal’s famed Grand Prix Formula One races roll around, you can expect Buonanotte’s business to instantly accelerate. Blvd Saint-Laurent’s cuting-edge resto-bar never fails to fulfill with delectable Italian food and wine, trendy music and good-looking clientele — and with the Formula One invitees in town, there’s limitless possibilities as to who will swing by the luxurious urban lounge over the next 4 days.
FAFA KHAN is up first for back-to-back nights on Thursday and Friday. The MTL-based DJ (not to mention artist, model and graphic designer) is a regular fixture at Buonanotte, so you can expect some dark-hued maverick moods spinning from her booth. Fafa is followed-up by MANNY OCEAN on Saturday evening, and DJ VICE on Sunday for the closing night extravaganza. VICE is one of the most widely sought-after producers currently working, and you can bet his spin on Sunday’s soirée will be as lit as his Vegas or Miami residencies.
Buonanotte never fails to impress with their fine-dining, party-like-a-rockstar atmosphere — and trust us, this Grand Prix weekend won’t be any different. Ring 514-848-0644 while you still can for bottle service and RSVP.