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Review: Stori Ya

Posted by Katelyn / November 28, 2011

28112011_StoriYa.jpg"This is my home," sais Maria Msondo, "Welcome." Maria expresses her gratitude in a mix of English, Swahili and Nyanwezi and gushes that she has cooked her guests a delectable filet mignon supper. She is being evicted and wants to celebrate her last night in her home.

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On The Heels of M: Day Two Highlights

Posted by Katelyn / November 18, 2011

181111_AbsolutelyFree.jpgThe show got on the road right on time Thursday night, but we on the other hand arrived fashionably late. Unfortunately, our time miscalculation caused us to miss Daniel Isaiah. Grr!

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On The Heels of M: Day One Highlights

Posted by Katelyn / November 17, 2011

171111_ConcreteKnives.jpgM for Montreal is here, and so are we! Midnight Poutine understands that not everyone has the time to go to concerts every night of the week, so a dear friend and I have taken on the dreadful task of attending every showcase. That way, all you no-shows don't have to waste your energy by feeling mopey and left out. All you have to do is check back every day for the previous night's recap!

Wednesday, Nov. 16

While M is not your average festival (every other person seems to be wearing a media or delegate badge), it's arguably the most convenient way to check out the cream of the crop of Montreal music. Mikey, the festival's host and mingler-extraordinare, herded the crowd up and down the stairs between Cafe Campus and Petit campus for the first official showcase, presented by M's new festival-partner in crime, France's own Les inrocks.

Concrete Knives obviously built up some restless energy during their flight across the Atlantic; the indie five-some burst onto the stage with an unstoppable, magnetic energy. The entire set was commanding of the crowd's attention, which was most often centered around lead singer Morgane Polase. This badass diva stomped all over the stage and into the audience in the most whimsical manner, all the while retaining a poised and calculated approach to her movements.

The only thing I was thinking during Montreal experimental trio Claass' set was that it's too bad more clubs don't play music like this. The electronic synth beats were totally catchy and the three-way vocals added the perfect amount of edge.

France's Anoraak was certainly the weakest performance of the night. The three-piece played four outdated indie-pop songs that sounded too similar to be memorable. While lacking in originality, this band was nonetheless tight with their instruments and solid as an act. Plus, the crowd seemed to dig it.

The vibe that was present at the beginning of the showcase was quickly yanked back when power-pop group Creature took the stage. Like Concrete Knives, Creature is fronted by a strong female vocalist with a personality to boot. While the crowd had dispersed slightly at this point (after all, it was after midnight on a Wednesday), Creature gave an outlandishly fun performance that made it impossible not to dance.

Photo by Alana La Rosa Dancoste. Check out her Flickr photostream daily for her most recent M for Montreal pictures.

GAMIQ #6 Celebrates Quebec Music at Plaza Theatre Nov. 13

Posted by Katelyn / November 15, 2011

151111_JimmyHunt.jpgSimulated masturbation, rubber chickens, whiskey shots and ski masks. I'm surprised this year's Quebec Indie Music Awards gala didn't give me nightmares. But before going into the gritty details, I should really emphasize the amount of great musicians that were present at Sunday night's gala.

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Adam & the Amethysts To Play LP Release Show

Posted by Katelyn / November 10, 2011

10112011_A&tA.jpgAdam & the Amethysts is not songwriter Adam Waito's first musical project. This Thunder Bay, Ont. native has been in a few bands, namely Telefauna and Miracle Fortress, since he packed his bags and moved to Montreal in 2003.

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Cheap Thrills' 40th Anniversary Party

Posted by Katelyn / November 9, 2011

Cheap Thrills Whereas most people greet their 40th birthday with contempt, fear and denial, Cheap Thrills is not a person. It's Montreal's first used record store, having opened way back in 1971 by Janet Dawidowicz with money she received from a car insurance claim. The store's big 4-0 is arguably a landmark event, so on Nov. 9, it will celebrate by throwing a huge party at Casa del Popolo.

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