When it comes to music festivals, we've been selective. NXNE and London's Home County Arts & Music Festival have perfectly suited our schedules, wallets, ability to travel and the way we like to consume live music. But after meeting M pour Montreal's Mikey Bernard at NXNE, we decided it was time to dust off our high school French, venture out of our comfort zone and head to M pour Montreal.
How we got there: Porter Air from Windsor to Toronto Island to Trudeau Airport. Reasonable price, and landing on a small island is pretty amazing. We even had time between flights on our way home to grab lunch at Wvrst in Toronto. Good to know: Budget $40 for a cab to and from the airport to downtown Montreal if you don't want to take the bus.
Where we stayed: Trylon Appartements at Ste. Famille and Milton. Except for incredibly lousy Wi-Fi-- a challenge not limited to Trylon, we discovered chatting with other M for Montreal attendees-- also very reasonable. Great staff and location, highly recommended. Good to know: Everything was within walking distance, although we cabbed it a few times because of the cold (around -9 C) on Thursday and Friday.
Where we ate: Thanks to Montreal resident and fellow Radio 3 blogger Hedgehog Friend, we had the inside scoop on great iconic places to eat in the city, including Amelios (bring your own beer); Juliette & Chocolat; Schwartz's; Beautys; La Sala Rossa; and our favourite, spruce beer and tourtiere at La Binerie. We also had the best coffee (we ordered Americanos) ANYWHERE at Pikolo.
What we didn't do: We missed Betty Bonifassi's show and Py Py due to logistics; sad panda, because we love them both. We didn't have time to make our pilgrimage to Breakglass Studios or be tourists. But hey Montreal, we'll definitely be back.
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Who we saw:
|Kandle Osborne of Kandle and the Krooks|
|Jeff Innes of High Ends|
|Le Trouble; check out their CBC Beetle Roadtrip |
session with Grant Lawrence at cbc.ca/beetleroadtrip.
|Canailles. We were sold when we saw that the drummer |
had a trash can lid as part of his kit.
They had the whole room line dancing.
|Peter Dreimanis of July Talk.|
|Leah Fay of July Talk.|
|Banjo oh my darling Lisa LeBlanc|
|So, our beloved Parlovr is no more. But Alex, Jeremy and Louis |
are still making music. We saw Alex's new
band, Holy Data, at L'Escogriffe. This is Jordan.
You might know him from Sunset Rubdown and Miracle Fortress.
|This is Alexis Dionne|
|This is Reg Kachanoski|
|And this is Alex Cooper.|
|We never thought we'd get to see a Unicorn-- |
Alden Penner-- performing Unicorn songs.
|Badbadnotgood was anything but.|
|Yup, supreme just about sums up their M for Montreal show.|
|Doomsquad @ Divan Orange|
|How Sad made us happy again at La Sala Rossa|
|Hilotrons were a hit with us. |
Michael Dubue sang the vocals for Animal, Master
|Alex Moxon / Hilotrons|
Photos: Russ Gordon/N2D Images