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The Venue Revue: April 8-15, 2012

Posted by Gabby / April 8, 2012


This week in concerts: These next few weeks will be filled with fantastic shows all over the place, partly due to the 17th edition of the Festival Vue sur la Relève kickoff, which is running until April 21st in 8 of the city's greatest venues. The festival promotes up-and-coming francophone artists, musicians, but also theater troupes and dance companies. It served as launch pad for some big names we know today: Karkwa, Pierre Lapointe, Radio Radio, Alex Nevsky, Misteur Valaire, and so on and so forth. Don't miss it!

Sunday, April 8:
Maude, Gustafson, Alex Fredo and Bravofunken, Divan Orange
Vue sur la Relève - Hear ye, hear ye, music lover: on this special night, you get to hear four fantastic French bands for the low price of ten bucks. That's $2.50 a band! A steal. A semi-finalist in last year's Festival de la Chanson de Granby, Maude is back with her lively melodies and heartfelt songs. École Nationale de Théatre alumni Gustafson accurately describe themselves as a mix of Serge Gainsbourg and the Strokes. You can get two of their songs for free on their BandCamp, and you're welcome. Effervescent singer-songwriter Alex Fredo delivers strong, intelligent lyrics over his trippy guitar effects, and Bravofunken's refreshing, light electro-rock blends pleasant boy-girl harmonies and colorful imagery.

ALSO Sunday, April 8:
Déplogue présente Jimmy Hunt, Quai des Brumes
If you're a fan of Chocolat's eccentric front man, this Lo-Fi night at Quai des Brumes might be just for you. His eponymous solo album is intimate, raw and honest, and absolutely perfect for that kind of setting.

Tuesday, April 10:
Boxer the Horse with Said the Whale & Chains of Love, Divan Orange
(Preceded by a 5@7 Artefac conference) This show features fun, uplifting Vancouver indie-rockers Said The Whale, who won the Juno for Best New Group last year, and fellow animal-themed PEI synth-rock band Boxer the Horse, who were named CBC Radio 3's best new band in 2010. Chains of Love, also from Vancouver, are full of soul, noisy, and certainly very fun.

Friday, April 13:
Maxime Robin and Phano & Associés, Casa Del Popolo
Vue sur la Relève - Maxime Robin is no stranger to Montreal's hip-hop scene. A longtime collaborator of MC Phyllis, he is also part of the dubstep duo Pax Kingz. His beats mix trip hop, brass samples, drum and bass, for an instrumental hip hop that is both polished and impressively researched. As for Phano & Associés, they combine social commentary, rural poetry, brass and folk.

Photo: Bravofunken, by Michel Pinault, taken from the band's website.



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