Get your groove on at Montréal en lumière
Belgium, specifically the Wallonia-Brussels region, will be in the spotlight at this year’s Montréal en lumière, which will open with a concert by harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans (Théâtre Maisonneuve, February 16) and close with a tribute to Jacques Brel by Luc de Larochellière, Bïa, Pierre Lapointe and other artists (Maison Symphonique, February 26). Other Belgian acts invited by the festival include dance-floor king Stromae (Métropolis, February 23) and such up-and-coming bands as My Little Cheap Dictaphone (L’Astral, February 17) and Été 67 (L’Astral, February 18).
Since releasing Blonde in November, pop pin-up Coeur de Pirate has played shows around Quebec, in France and even in the U.S., where she notably sold out New York’s Highline Ballroom. (Métropolis, February 24)
Also making waves south of the border lately are local folk-rock ensemble The Barr Brothers, who even got to perform on The Late Show With David Letterman. (Club Soda, February 22)
Hip-hop prodigy Theophilus London returns to Montreal with debut LP Timez Are Weird These Days in tow, in what should be one of the hottest tickets of the fest (Club Soda, February 18).
Very promising as well are two shows by singer-songwriters accompanied by classical musicians: Philippe B with the Quatuor Molinari (Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, February 17) and Jorane with the Orchestre I Musici de Montréal (Gesù, February 25).
Over at the Place des Festivals, music lovers who aren’t afraid to brave the cold will get to enjoy sets by Miracle Fortress (February 23) and Bran Van 3000 (February 25), among others.
Finally, the Nuit Blanche will once again feature many music events, notably Poirier’s latest Karnival party at Club Soda and the Bande à Part showcase with Fucked Up, Galaxie and others at Métropolis (February 25).
Montréal en lumière
February 16 to 26