M For Montreal started 17 years ago as a conference that invited the international music industry to witness Montreal’s musical creativity flourishing first hand. While this is still true, the festival has since expanded to ensure that there is something for music lovers of all ages in a public setting. MARATHON presented by SiriusXM is built specifically with the public in mind and with four days of jam-packed performances, Montrealers will once again get the chance to discover acts from across Canada and the world.
Here is what you need to know so you don’t miss out:
It all starts at the Belmont, where concert goers will experience performances from the Official Selection 2022 of M for Montreal. Montreal artists Fernie, dee holt, Odreii and Paradise (NF) rapper Albert Dalton will kick off the evening followed by a DJ set by Montreal’s very own Nicholas Craven. | BELMONT (4483 St Laurent Blvd.)
Presented with support from RANGE, Cult Mtl, the iconic Montreal venue will host three events over the course of three days. You won’t want to miss performances by Soran, Clay and Friends, DJ Badfocus, followed by a rap night with DJ Asma, Emma Beko, SLM, Lary Kidd and Imposs. Club Soda will celebrate its 40th anniversary on the final night that will feature performances by Bon Enfant, along with New Brunswick’s Julie Aubé, artist Laura Niquay and Lumière. | CLUB SODA (1225 St Laurent Blvd.)
A strip club/live music hybrid, Café Cléopâtre will host clothes-on performances by artists including Virgo Rising, Gus Englehorn, Joé Napoléon and a few unannounced surprise artists. | CAFÉ CLÉOPÂTRE (1230 St Laurent Blvd.)
Bundle up for this free outdoor concert open to the Montreal public on November 18. In collaboration with Mundial Montreal, this concert will feature artists Virginie B, Lydia Képinski, Jesse Mac Cormack, Barry Paquin Roberge and Kiwi Jr, as well as DJs from Voyage Funktastique and Tupi Collective. | VAN HORNE SKATEPARK (5855 St Laurent Blvd.)
With the support of Ping Pong Go, end your weekend with Toronto band Ducks Ltd at Le Ministère, or head over to the National to catch the pop-forward female driven concert featuring Clodelle, Lili-Ann de Francesco and Chiara Savasta. | LE MINISTÈRE (4521 St Laurent Blvd.) & LE NATIONAL (1220 St Catherine St E)
For more on M For Montreal and their MARATHON programming, visit mpourmontreal.com
By Glenn Alderson
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