August 8, 2013

From classic rock to rap, indie to electronic music, the Montreal stage is set

By STEVEN HOWELL Press-Republican

---- — MONTREAL — The summer festivals in Montreal may be winding down, but the music doesn’t stop there.

Here are a few ways to enjoy a night on the town.

Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky headline an outdoor evening of rap with eight bands in all at Parc Jean Drapeau on Friday. Tickets cost $69.

Veteran rocker Steve Earle performs with The Mastersons at the Corona Theatre on Friday. Tickets cost $41.50. At 2490 Notre Dame W.

The lineup is all Francophone, but the cause is universal. The Bell Centre hosts a benefit concert on Aug. 13 for the town of Lac Megantic, which suffered a devastating train tragedy a few weeks ago. Performing will be Garou, Louis Jose Houde, Isabelle Boulay and Coeur de Pirate. Tickets cost $50.

Halifax indie natives Soho Ghetto perform at Petit Campus Aug. 16. Tickets cost $10. At 57 Prince Arthur St. E.

British folk rockers Passenger play the Corona Theatre Aug. 17. Tickets cost $18.50

Electronic West Coast duo Soft Metals plays Le Divan Orange Aug. 17. Tickets cost $10. At 4234 St. Laurent Blvd.

By way of Nashville, Old Crow Medicine Show plays bluegrass, alt strings, and folk at the Corona Theatre Aug. 21. Tickets cost $32.

Pop princess Selena Gomez plays the Bell Centre Aug. 23. Tickets range from $43 to $105.

Alternative rockers Blonde Redhead plays the Corona Theatre Aug. 28. Tickets cost $27.

Eighties icons Depeche Mode plays the Bell Centre Sept. 3. Bat for Lashes opens. Tickets range from $84 to $115.

Vans Warped Tour presents the fifth edition of the Harvest Invitational Punk Rock Classic on Sept. 7 at the Sun Life Esplanade at Olympic Stadium. Artists include Face to Face, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, Bane, Dig It Up, Miracles, The BCASA, The Nils and Men O’Steel. Tickets cost $25.

Alt folksters The Avett Brothers play Metropolis Sept. 8. Tickets cost $37. At 59 St. Catherine St. E.

Vermont native Grace Potter and the Nocturnals play the Corona Theatre Sept. 12. Tickets start at $25.

American art rockers MS MR (say miss mister) perform at Café Campus Sept. 16. Tickets cost $16.50.

Washed Out, the electronic alter ego of Ernest Greene, plays the Corona Theatre Sept. 16. Tickets cost $25.

Popster Aaron Carter plays Petit Campus Sept. 18. Tickets cost $20.

Eighties electronic duo Pet Shop Boys play an intimate date at Olympia de Montreal Sept. 24. Tickets cost $54.

OK, there’s room for one more fest. Pop Montreal offers indie delights with the Pop Montreal International Music festival Sept. 25 through 29. The lineup includes Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Patrick Watson and Portugal, the Man. There are about 60 acts in all. For more info, visit

Nine Inch Nails plays the Bell Centre Oct. 3. Tickets range from $63 to $114.

Kid Kudi plays the Bell Centre Oct. 4 Tickets range from $53 to $78.

Blue Man Group returns to town with four performances from Oct. 4 through 6 at Place des Arts. Tickets range from $65 to $84.

Drake plays the Bell Centre Oct. 21. Tickets range from $74 to $126.

Aussi rock group The Beards sing songs about, um beards (not kidding!). All in good musical fun. At Le Divan Orange Oct. 24. Tickets cost $10.

Vocalist Josh Grobin plays the Bell Centre Oct. 27. Tickets cost $64 to $115.

Justin Timberlake brings his “20/20 Experience Tour” to the Bell Centre Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Tickets range from $63 to 192.

Seventies icons The Eagles play the Bell Centre Nov. 4. Tickets cost $75 to $205.

Bon Jovi plays the Bell Centre Nov. 8. Tickets cost $29 to $600.

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at

FOR MORE INFO Prices are in Canadian dollars (some prices rounded to nearest dollar; add service charges to each ticket ordered). Bell Centre tickets are available through Evenko at (877) 668-8269 or at Also check Admission Ticket Network at (800) 678-5440 or; Ticket Pro Canada at (514) 908-9090 or; and Place des Arts at (866) 842-2112. Visit