Archives for the year 2015

August 30, 2015
Flying Joes - New music and new shows!
Two of the band members of JellyFiche, Syd Bédard and JF Arsenault have a captivating new musical project, Flying Joes!

This Montreal Rock 'n’ blues raw power trio, created in January 2014, is like a bombshell on stage! The band is composed of singer-bass player Syd, guitar player Jay Arsenault and drummer Laurent St-Pierre. Their vintage influences meets today’s sound, their dynamic and festive compositions with catchy melodies are amazing road trip songs which enlighten rock and blues fans around the world.

Flying Joes were the winners of the Nuits Blues Laurentides 2014 contest in the songwriter category, with their song I’ve Gone Missing. They are currently recording their first album, to be released in the spring of 2016. Their producer is the award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson (U2, AC/DC, The Ramones, BB King). Flying Joes band members have an impressive background knowledge acquired over the years in the professional music business. They have shared the stage with Steve Hill, Hugo Lapointe, Sylvain Cossette and many humourists as Louis-José Houde, Peter Mcleod and Mike Ward during the Humour Aveugle galas presented at the iconic Theatre St-Denis in Montréal, in front of an audience of 2000 people. They have accumulated extensive stage experience over the years with their past projects and have toured in Canada, Europe, United-States and Asia. Also founding members of the French progressive rock band Jelly Fiche, Syd and Jay have produced two albums, distributed in more than twenty countries broadcasted globally on rock radio stations.

They have been quite busy working on the finishing touches of their upcoming album, and for ProgMontreal visitors, The guys are offering an exclusive treat, a
free download of their song I've Gone Missing in MP3 format!

Upcoming shows:

Live Acoustic Performance
Thursday, November 26, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
A Fantastic Night of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Friday, November 27, 2015 @ 10:00 PM
Saturday, November 28, 2015 @ 10:00 PM
Le Balthazar, 195, promenade du Centropolis, Laval

A Fantastic Night of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 10:00 PM
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 10:00 PM
Le Balthazar (Dix30), 9180 Boulevard Leduc #210, Brossard

A Fantastic Night of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Thursday, December 31, 2015 @ 10:00 PM
Friday, January 1, 2016 @ 10:00 PM
Saturday, January 2, 2016 @ 10:00 PM
Le Balthazar, 195, promenade du Centropolis, Laval

NEW! • Let it out Tour
Friday, June 10, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
La maison de la culture de Waterloo, 441, rue De la Cour, Waterloo


November 17, 2015
PFM in Montreal: Contest winner!
Legendary italian prog rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) will be stopping at the Rialto Theatre (5723 Park Avenue) on
Sunday, November 22, 2015.

The contest for a pair of VIP tickets has ended and we have a winner!
Congratulations to Eric Coutu of Montreal who wins a pair of VIP tickets to the Rialto Theatre show, which includes a meet and greet with the musicians, with pictures and autographs, a souvenir VIP pass and a concert poster!

Thanks to JLC Musik for this amazing prize and thanks to all who have participated!

PFM will also be at the Palais Montcalm (995, place d'Youville, in Quebec City) on
Saturday, November 21, 2015. Their last visit to Montreal dates back to 2005 when they played at the Spectrum.

For this occasion, the band will present a retrospective of the highlights of their long career. Active since 1972, PFM is the most recognized group of the italian progressive rock movement. Albums such as
The World Became the World, Stori di un Minuto, Chocolate Kings and Photos of ghosts are rightly regarded as classics of progressive rock.

The Italian group is distinguished by the quality of its compositions. PFM music can be described as sophisticated, featuring lyrical arrangements with often unpredictable swings. Their musical influences include classic, jazz and rock.

PFM is composed of Franz Di Cioccio (vocals and drums), Patrick Djivas (bass), Marco Sfogli (guitar), Lucio Fabbri (violin and keyboards), Gianluca Tagliavini (keyboards), Piero Monterisi (drums) and Alberto Bravin (keyboards, vocals).

Just before stopping in Montreal, PFM will be on the Cruise to the edge alongside bands such as Yes and Marillion among others.

Tickets for the Quebec City show are available right now through the Palais Montcalm boxoffice. Tickets for the Montreal show are available through Ticketpro or at the Rialto Theatre boxoffice.


October 12, 2015
Saga back in Montréal
Canadian progressive rock band Saga will be stopping at the Club Soda in Montreal on
Saturday, October 24, 2015. The Toronto proggers will present their latest album Sagacity, and for the opening act, none other than the critically acclaimed Huis from Montreal!

Strengthened by twenty studio albums, Saga have created such hits as On the Loose, The Flyer and Scratching the Surface. They have sold over 8 million albums worldwide. Founded in 1977, Saga has managed through its uniqueness to earn many followers around the world. Their musical style is defined by Ian Crichton's staccato guitar supported by Jim Gilmour's synthesizer in complex, melodious arrangements.

Saga just completed a spring tour that took them through twenty European cities. All concerts of this tour were sold out.

Saga will also be at the Impérial de Québec on
Friday, October 23, 2015. In November, the group will be part of Cruise to the Edge along with Yes and Marillion, among others. Saga's last visit in Montreal dates back to August 2012.

The show will start at 8:00 PM (doors at 7:00 PM). Tickets cost $59.50 to $61.50 (VIP $117), available online as well as at the boxoffice of the Club Soda
.


October 12, 2015
SO - Projet Gabriel in L'Assomption: Contest winners
Don't miss the next show of the amazing SO - Projet Gabriel tribute band, on
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Théâtre Hector-Charland in l'Assomption.

The contest for the pairs of tickets has now ended and we have two winners:

Con
gratulations to
Bertrand Brochu from Montréal and Jacques Gauthier from Sherbrooke who each win a pair of tickets to the Théâtre Hector-Charland show.

Thanks to all who participated and a big thanks to the So - Projet Gabriel team for the great prize!


With a constant attention to detail and in the greatest respect for the work of Peter Gabriel, Marc Léveillé and five seasoned musicians on stage will share their passion for the music of the former member of Genesis, offering a selection of classics that will appeal equally to the biggest Gabriel fans as well as to the 80s music lovers. Check out their awesome promo video!

A festive evening high in rhythms and emotions, combining world music, rock and pop: this is what So - Projet Gabriel invites you to! The show will begin at 8:00 PM and tickets are $36, available at the Théâtre Hector-Charland boxoffice.


October 12, 2015
Flying Joes album launch
Having spent the summer traveling throughout Québec, the Montreal power-trio Flying Joes will launch its first album
Let It Out on September 25. An awesome launch party will take place at the resto-pub Le Cerbère in St-Jérôme on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Let It Out is available for pre-sale on iTunes !

Firmly rooted in blues-tinged rock, Let It Out evokes Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thin Lizzy or Rival Sons, while keeping a contemporary sound. As much on the title track as the first single Battlefield, or the intense tracks Flying High and Sunday Afternoon, the riffs abound everywhere.

Directed by the legendary Glen Robinson (Ramones, AC/DC, Keith Richards, Voivod), Let It Out is powered by the highly skilled and contagious energy of Syd Bedard (vocals, bass), JF Arsenault (guitars) and Marco Forand (drums), three musicians with a long, illustrious track record. They have shared the stage with Steve Hill, Hugo Lapointe and Sylvain Cossette in addition to working on several continents with various variety shows. Flying Joes also provides the musical part of the gala Humour Aveugle presented annually at the Théâtre St-Denis.

Formed in January 2014 from the ashes of the art-rock band Jelly Fiche, Flying Joes is three times the proof that rock is more alive than ever. Let It Out is an album you must play loud, often and with enthusiasm!


August 22, 2015
Danzig in Montreal!
American metal band Danzig will be at the Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal) on
Sunday, October 18, 2015, accompanied by Superjoint Ritual, Veil of Maya, Prong and Witch Mountain.

Check-out Danzig's video clip Ju-Ju Bone.

Doors at 5:45 PM, show begins at 7:15 PM. Tickets are $42, available through evenko, or at the Metropolis boxoffice.


July 1st, 2015
Steven Wilson week
A review by Robert Dansereau, June 27 to 29, 2015:
One of the most highly anticipated musical events this year is certainly Steven Wilson's series of shows in Quebec for his latest album,
Hand... Cannot... Erase... I can only describe the last few days as my "Steven Wilson week" : A last-minute invitation to attend the Steven Wilson Press conference, as part of the Montreal Jazz Festival, followed by one show in Montreal and one show in Quebec City.

On Saturday afternoon, June 27, I was invited to attend the Montreal Jazz Fest press conference with Steven Wilson, hosted by interviewer Marie Hélène Poitras. A 45-minute event organized by Simon Fauteux, and a fascinating insight into Steven's musical journey. You can see the conference in its entirety on Youtube.

Asked if there will ever be another Porcupine Tree album, Steven responds: "It will never be my prime focus ever again, I could see a situation where we might make another record together, but I think realistically, that it would now be a side project, my solo project is now established as my primary focus."

On his involvement in various projects and collaborations like No Man and Blackfield: "For me it's simply a reflection of all the music I listen to and all the music that I love, I've always been curious [...] People say to me you're kind of a freak, you're always doing these different things and you seem to work every day, and I genuinely don't understand why there aren't more people like me that seem to be interested in working across all genres of music. I'm happy to work on ambient music and noise music, pure pop and jazz, progressive rock and death metal... for me it's just good and interesting music! In a way, I see myself as the normal one and everyone else is strange; staying in only one genre your whole career is odd to me."

On his love of music: "I voraciously devour music, I discover music through vinyls and CDs, I still buy ten albums every week, always discovering things. The thing about the history of music is that when you think you have heard everything, something else will come along and surprise you that you did not know about. I think also that your musical taste changes as you get older so things that didn't make sense to you when you were a teenager suddenly click and I find that happening a lot as I get older. I'm always amazed by how much fantastic music is available and still there to be discovered even at my age. I'm still very curious and passionate about discovering music I'm not familiar with."

On the genre/label of progressive music: "I don't believe there is any such thing as progressive music anymore, [...] I don't think it's possible to be truly progressive and do something that no one has heard before, I'd love to be proven wrong but I listen to a lot of music and probably since the mid-nineties was the last time I honestly was hearing things that I've never heard before. Most of the music, much of which I still love, that I've heard over the last twenty years is not progressive, it's using an established musical vocabulary, and there's nothing wrong with that, I still believe you can invest music with a feeling of freshness by having a fresh perspective on the same kind of things people have done before and that's really what i'm doing and hey, that what most people are doing! You can't hear any music now without hearing something that's been done before, a precedent..."

One of the questions I asked him is if there was some leftover material from the Hand... Cannot... Erase... sessions, and if there would be a potential EP of complementary material like he often does (like Drive Home - 2014) and his answer was a definite yes, there is some material and there will most probably be an accompanying mini-album of outtakes, he's not sure when.

The other question I asked was if Alan Parson's engineering collaboration on The Raven that Refused to Sing might have influenced some of his material with elements of Tales of Mystery and Imagination: "I do love that album [Tales of Mystery...] but it was coincidental in the sense that Raven was written long before Alan Parsons was attached to the project, but there is obviously a strong common theme, I did listen a lot to that album when I was young, so probably it was a subconscious thing, it's a great record."

After the conference, Steven briefly saluted the crowd and chatted with the fans. I could not resist asking Simon to snap a pic of me with one of my musical idols! Now am on cloud nine and I can rest in peace!

Hand... Cannot... Erase... is loosely based on the life of Joyce Carol Vincent, whose sad story was recounted in the documentary Dreams of a Life in 2011. Vincent died in London in 2003 after severing ties with family, friends and the world at large. It wasn’t until two years later that the 38-year-old’s body was discovered in her flat. Wilson saw that documentary and it inspired him to write a whole album about her, recounting the arc of her life from beginning to end. As Steven recounted: "it's about a woman growing up, who goes to live in the city, very isolated, and she disappears one day and no one notices. There's more to it than that. Now, what's really interesting about this story is that your initial reaction when you hear a story like that is, 'Ah, little old bag lady that no one notices, no one cares about. But Vincent wasn't like that. She was young, she was popular, she was attractive, she had many friends, she had family, but for whatever reason, nobody missed her for almost three years."

Saturday evening... The concert at the Metropolis de Montreal began around 8:35 PM, and after the introduction video featuring London high-rise buildings and apartments, the musicians slowly made their way onstage, presenting the first half of the Hand... Cannot... Erase... album, with First Regret, 3 Years Older, Hand... Cannot... Erase... and Perfect Life.

Accompanying Steven on this North-American tour, Nick Beggs on bass, stick and vocals, Craig Blundell on drums, Dave Kilminster on guitar and Adam Holzman on keyboards, definitely an exceptional gathering of musicians, the European tour features Guthrie Govan on guitars and Marco Minnemann on drums, both of which were unavailable because of previous engagements with the Aristocrats in Europe.

Never in the years since his Porcupine Tree tours and his solo work was Steven Wilson so volubile on stage, bantering with much humour and communicating more than ever with his fans, at one point, Steven mentions "miserable music makes me happy and that happy music makes me miserable", a perfect segway for him to present what his producer describes as the most miserable song he ever wrote, Routine, accompanied by a beautiful animated, heart-wrenching video like no one but Steven can imagine. Then on to the fantastic Home invasion / Regret #9, an extensive, intense roller-coaster ride of hard rock, beautiful melodies and dark images.

The group followed-up with the first Porcupine Tree song of the evening, the melodic Lazarus. Between two songs, Steven introduced with much enthusiasm his wonderful new Steven Wilson Babicz acoustic signature guitar, suggesting humorously that if you're looking for a great guitar, that's what you want to get because it's beautiful, it sounds great and the best thing... it's black!

And then on to what I can definitely describe as one of the highlights of the show, as all the members of the band were snapping their fingers in unison, I recognized the first notes of Index, a thoroughly blistering alternate version that left me breathless. Then on to the lovely hommage to shoegazing and edgy film directors with the song Harmony Korine. Throughout the show, I am always impressed with the stunning visual accompaniements, many if not all from the dark and brooding imagination of Lasse Hoile. And then Steven concluded the Hand... Cannot... Erase... part of his show with Ancestral, Happy Returns and Ascendant.

After a few seconds in total darnkess as fans are cheering and screaming their lungs out, the lights come back with the familiar translucent screen in front of the stage they used in previous tours, for the next two songs. After a dramatic and macabre introduction video with clocks and old men with gloomy stares, we are treated to a beautiful, melodic and dark interpretation of The Watchmaker, immediately followed by another Porcupine Tree track, Sleep Together, which ranks very high on the terminally sinister scale.

For the Encore, Steven shared the latest FIFA soccer scores, mentioning that England beat Canada, and judging by the modest response, discovered that Montreal is more of a hockey town than a soccer town. He then presented what he described as a jazzy but with a heavy metal twist version of Sectarian, a thoroughly delicious version with an amazingly disturbing video background, and for the grand finale, the beautiful and emotionally heavy The Raven that Refused to Sing.

In his press conference, Steven mentioned that he would have at times 20 different reviews of one show and that not one would be the same, that those reviews are not fact, but simple opinions. I agree. So here's my opinion: Steven Wilson is by far one of the most imaginative, dynamic and energetic performer that I have seen and his shows are always absolutely amazing, from the first note to the last. Yes I admit that I have been a long-time fan, but his shows NEVER disappoint, and he always takes tremendous care in offering well-crafted shows and top-notch performances to his fans.

A million thanks to Simon Fauteux for giving me the unique opportunity to participate in this fascinating press conference before the show, it was certainly the highlight of my week, if not my year!

In Quebec City, the Monday, June 29 show at the Impérial Bell was in front of a highly energetic crowd, and Steven & Co. gave yet another stunning performance. The sound was impeccable but quite loud, making my earplugs a necessity to avoid tinnitus. Right in the middle of the performance, Steven Wilson had a small technical issue as one of his bass strings broke at the beginning of Home Invasion, which gave way to some very funny banter between Nick and Steven while the tech crew was replacing the broken string. the show itself was almost a carbon copy of the Saturday show in Montreal, except that they replaced Sectarian with No Twilight Within the Courts of the Sun, from Insurgentes. I want to thank Jérôme Dechêne and Jean-Louis Croteau for the kind invitation to this great evening of music in La Vieille Capitale.

Quite an extraordinary series of shows on this North-American tour, with unanimous praise from critics and reviewers. I tip my hat to Mr. Wilson and his merry men for his consistently exceptional shows, which mix entertainment, intensity, musical virtuosity with captivating background videos and simple yet elegant and visually efficient lighting. That, my friends, is what live music is all about.


September 30, 2015
Three Friends in Montreal
The mighty Three Friends will tour Quebec for three shows in 2015:

Thursday, October 1st 2015 at the Salle Juliette Lassonde in St-Hyacinthe
www.centredesarts.ca . Tickets are $62 to $87, available through admission.
Friday, October 2, 2015 at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City
www.palaismontcalm.ca . Tickets are $69, available through admission.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Olympia in Montreal
www.olympiamontreal.com . Tickets are $70 to $110, available through admission.

L'Agence Spectour is pleased to partner with CHOM FM for the presentation of these unique performances that will make us relive those very special musical moments. The british band Moulettes will take care of the first part of the three evenings.

THREE FRIENDS is composed of two former members of Gentle Giant band, Gary Green on guitar and Malcolm Mortimore on drums, playing the music of this flagship group of progressive rock. Having been an inspiration to many of the Québec prog groups of 70 with Et Cetera and Maneige among others, the members of Three Friends offer us once again the pleasure to delve into the musical world of Gentle Giant, revisiting this great music through albums that made the glory of this legendary band like Three Friends, Acquiring the Taste, Octopus, Free Hand, In a Glass House and The Power and the Glory.

After several performances in Europe, the United States and Canada, Three Friends has gathered a lineup of outstanding musicians worthy of performing the brilliant music of Gentle Giant, featuring Charlotte Glasson on brass instruments and violin, Neil Angilley on keyboards, John Noyce (Jethro Tull) on bass and Iain Hornal on vocals.

Gentle Giant has produced 12 albums between 1970 and 1980. This group managed to merge elegantly broad sources of musical inspiration from classical, jazz and rock and producing a musically complex work, but ultimately accessible to all through the extreme richness of their melodies and arrangements. Gentle Giant has held and still holds an important place in the heart of Quebec music lovers.


May 30, 2015
Live's Ed Kowalczyk in Montreal and Quebec City
Ed Kowalczyk, songwriter and former lead singer of the band Live will visit Montreal and Quebec City this fall, accompanied by his musicians to present some of the most prominent alt rock anthems. He will be at the Impérial Bell in Quebec City on
Friday, October 2, 2015 and at the Club Soda in Montreal on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Kowalczyk, the voice that captivated so many fans for over two decades, has had one of the most impressive journeys in the world of rock. His band, Live, has become one of the most popular alternative bands of the past 20 years, selling more than 20 million albums worldwide. The group has written many prominent alternative rock success: Lightning Crashes, I Alone, Selling the Drama, The Dolphin's Cry, Heaven and Overcome. Some of these successes have even contributed to form the current alternative rock musical landscape across the planet.

In 2010, Kowalczyk released his first solo album,
Alive featuring the hit Grace, then in 2013 the album The Flood and The Mercy featuring Seven. Today, Kowalczyz takes to the road to present the Throwing Copper Unplugged - 20th Anniversary Tour, with the exception of Quebec and Montreal, where the singer and his band will be in full electric mode!

Impérial Bell -
Friday, October 2, 2015 - Tickets: $69.25 - doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM.
Club Soda -
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - Tickets: $65.25 - doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM.


March 21, 2015
Big Time: The Secret World of
Peter Gabriel at the Théâtre Rialto

Don't miss the dinner show Big Time: The Secret World of Peter Gabriel at the Rialto Theatre (5723 Park Avenue, Montreal) on
Friday, October 2, 2015.

The Big Time project brings together a group of seasoned musicians, highly talented professionals that are true lovers of the music of Peter Gabriel. The motive driving the band members of Big Time is fed by the vast musical repertoire of Peter Gabriel and the heartfelt vibe of Quebecers for his music. The group is composed of six musicians who have given themselves the task of reproducing the music of Peter Gabriel as closely as possible and they are determined to put the spectator right into the secret world of Peter Gabriel.

Show at 20:30, doors open at 19:30, dinner at 18:30, tickets are at $44 to $109 - reserved seats.

Show only: $44 * | Dinner show: $109 **
Special Offer! The first 99 dinner shows are on pre-sale at $99 **
* Taxes included, plus ticketing fees.
** Taxes included, plus tip and ticketing fees.
For group rates, contact us at 514 770-7773.


August 30, 2015
Karcius at O Patro Vys in Montreal
A formidable prog fest as Montreal's favorite sons Karcius will team up with Aeva and Universe Effect for an evening of energetic fusion prog at the O Patro Vys (356 Mont-Royal East, Montreal) on
Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The show will begin at 8:00 PM. A modest $10 admission fee will be asked at the door! Do not, under any circumstances, miss this!


May 30, 2015
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

Yes -
Progeny:
Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two is the latest 14-CD live album box set from the English progressive rock band Yes, released on May 25, 2015 on Rhino Records. The compilation consists of seven complete shows recorded in 1972 during the band's Close to the Edge tour. It features two shows from their Canadian tour, in Toronto and in Ottawa. A 2-CD/3-LP set of highlight performances from the seven shows has also been released as Progeny: Highlights from Seventy-Two. The new album is available at all good record stores including Archambault and Freeson Rock.

FM -
Transformation:
Canadian progressive Rock band FM has just released brand new music on the Esoteric Antenna label. The excellent bold new album is entitled
Transformation. With its roots firmly planted in late seventies progressive rock – complex rhythms, driving bass lines, soaring melodies – the music on Transformation is symphonic in scope with not one, but two violinists on board.

Co-founder and bass player/keyboardist Cameron Hawkins is joined by drumming legend Paul DeLong (Kim Mitchell, Roger Hodgson), viola/mandolinist Edward Bernard (Druckfarben) and violin virtuoso Aaron Solomon on nine, brand new compositions mixed by world-renowned producer/engineer Terry Brown (Rush, Tony Levin Band, Fates Warning, Dream Theater). Following on from the recent successful re-releases of their first four albums, including the landmark recording
Black Noise (1978), Transformation sees FM continue their "thinking man’s exploration" of progressive musical ideas, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrical themes.

The new album is available at all good record stores including Archambault and Freeson Rock.



August 16, 2015
ProgMontreal outage... finally over!
Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again... Sorry again for the extended outage. Seems that our web host had quite a bit of trouble with those pesky hackers from Asia, so we decided to move on. ProgMontréal is now hosted on B2B2C.ca. This time, we are back online for good (hopefully) .


July 27, 2015
Alcest in Montreal: Tickets on sale!
French alt metal band Alcest will be at L'alizé (900 Ontario East, Montreal) on
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, accompanied by singer/composer Emma Ruth Rundle.

The show will begin at 8:00 PM (doors at 7:00 PM) and tickets are $27.12, available through LePointdeVente.com or at the door on the day of the show.


July 26, 2015
Mystery back in Ottawa
Don't miss An Evening of Symphonic Progressive Rock with the band Mystery, Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:30pm at The Brass Monkey (250, Greenbank Road, in Ottawa • 613-820-4889). Admission is $15.


August 9, 2015
Riverside in Montreal and in Quebec City
Polish prog metal band Riverside will be at the Théâtre Plaza (6505 Saint-Hubert street, Montreal) on
Sunday, September 20, 2015, to present the music of their upcoming album Love Fear and the Time Machine accompanied by metal band The Sixxis, from Atlanta. They will also be playing at the Impérial Bell in Quebec City on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

Mariusz Duda, vocalist and bassist of the band, described: "On the new album I wanted to combine the 70s and the 80s. The 80s were a decade of musical growing up for me. We don't sound as retro and 70s as before, we moved forward, we sort of demolished the previous foundations and build new ones. Despite the huge dose of melancholy and nostalgia, there is a new space, the songs are arranged with more flow and at the same time they have never been so concise and to the point before."

Check-out Riverside's Discard your Fear, from
Love Fear and the Time Machine.
Tickets for the Montreal show are on sale right now through 13Media. Tickets for the Quebec City show are available through Gtickets or at the Imperial boxoffice.

The quartet's last visit in Canada was in 2008 as part of the 3rd edition of the FMPM festival.


July 5, 2015
Motörhead and Anthrax in Montreal
Evenko & Greenland present Motörhead with very special guest Anthrax at Théâtre Olympia (1004 Ste-Catherine East) in Montreal on
Friday, September 18, 2015.

The ultimate Metal show for true Metal fans! Doors at 6:30 PM and the show will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $63.35, available through evenko or at the Olympia boxoffice.


June 6, 2015
Epica and Eluveitie at the Corona Theatre
Dutch symphonic group Epica and Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie will join forces for a killer double bill at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame West, Montreal) on
Friday, September 11, 2015, accompanied by Montreal's The Agonist.

The show will begin at 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM) and tickets are $39, available through evenko or at the Corona boxoffice.


March 8, 2015
Scorpions with Queensrÿche at the Bell Centre
A monster double bill as heavy metal legends Scorpions and Queensrÿche will be at the Bell Centre on
Saturday, September 19, 2015.

The show will begin at 8:00 PM (doors at 7:00 PM) and tickets are $62 to $94, available through evenko or at the Bell Centre boxoffice.



August 30, 2015
Virgil Donati and Hamadryad!
Legendary australian rock drummer Virgil Donati and his band will be at L'alizé (900 Ontario East, Montreal) on
Friday, September 4, 2015, accompanied by Hamadryad and Cenograph.

The show will begin at 8:00 PM (doors at 7:00 PM) and tickets are $19.84, available through Xtrem Productions or at the door on the day of the show.


July 18, 2015
Modest Mouse at the Metropolis
American indie rock band Modest Mouse will be at the Metropolis (59, Ste-Catherine East) on
Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

The show will begin at 8:00 PM (doors at 6:30 PM) and tickets are $47, available through Ticketmaster or at the Metropolis boxoffice.


August 22, 2015
Wintersleep at le Ritz
Canadian indie rock band Wintersleep will be at Le Ritz PDB (formerly Il Motore, 179 Jean-Talon West, Montreal) on
Sunday, August 30, 2015, as part of the Passovah Summer Festival, accompanied by Wake Island and Jenny Berkel.

Doors at 8:00 PM, show begins at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance, available through the BSTB web site, or $18 at the door on the day of the show. A Blue Skies Turn Black presentation.


July 9, 2015
Evergrey in Montreal!
Swedish prog metal band Evergrey will be at the Café Campus (57, Prince Arthur East, Montreal) on
Sunday, August 30, 2015, to present the music of their stunning album Hymns For The Broken accompanied by australian metal band Voyager, Ontario's Borealis and Texan metal band Oceans of Slumber.

The band's lineup, considered to be their best to date, consists of Tom Englund on vocals and guitar, Henrik Danhage on guitars and backing vocals, Rikard Zander on keyboards and backing vocals, Jonas Ekdahl on drums and Johan Niemann on bass and backing vocals. Check-out Evergrey's Black Undertow, from
Hymns For The Broken.

Doors at 6:30 PM, show begins at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $27, available through 13Media, or $32 at the door on the day of the show.


February 28, 2014
Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper at the Bell Center
As part of the HEAVY MONTREAL metal festival, legendary rockers Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper will hit the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday, August 24, 2015.

This power double-bill is sure to raise the roof of the Bell Center! Doors at 6:00 PM and the show begins at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $79 to $120, available through evenko.


July 26, 2015
Between the Buried and Me in Montreal
American metalcore band Between the Buried and Me will be at the Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal) on
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 as part of the Coma Ecliptic tour, accompanied by Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist.

Between the Buried and Me find the time to do a lot of things on their cartwheeling prog-metal exercises, but they don’t often take a chance to look back. The North Carolina polymaths have been pushing at the boundaries of gleefully geeky rock and metal genres of various prefixes (prog, math, and avant, just to name a few) since their formation a decade and a half ago. And like most of their catalog, their latest LP Coma Ecliptic finds them forging boldly into the future of tightly choreographed instrumental excess.

But in a brief nod to the great prog-rock tradition, they’re billing Coma Ecliptic as a rock opera of sorts, with each of the record’s 11 tracks functioning as an episode in a greater narrative concerning the very nature of life, dreams, and the fabric of reality. As ever, both in its concept and kaleidoscopic instrumentals, Coma Ecliptic is heady stuff, the new album is available on vinyl and on CD at all good record stores including Feeeson and Archamault.

The show begins at 7:30 PM (doors at 6:30 PM) and tickets are $34, available online, and at the Club Soda boxoffice.


July 18, 2015
Journey at the Bell Centre
The classic 70's arena rock band Journey will be at the Bell Centre in Montreal on
Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

The group, featuring Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Deen Castronovo and Arnel Pineda, will embark on an exclusive canadian tour from July 10 to August 2.

Doors at 6:00 PM, the show will begin at 7:00 PM and tickets are $62 to $132.50, available at the Bell Centre boxoffice or online at evenko.ca.


July 5, 2015
The Aristocrats at Petit Campus
The Aristocrats band will be at the Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East) on
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 with special guest The Travis Larson Band.

Following their extensive 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats trio, composed of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia, GPS), drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) and bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) revised their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros, released on June 29. After two albums that were rather crudely recorded, The Aristocrats trio moved to the legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, where several cult albums of the Rolling Stones, Van Halen and Led Zeppelin were recorded.

The result? Nine new compositions with unequaled musical depth and complexity. Their already amazing improvisational skills were amplified to the highest level with unique and rich textures ... always tinged with fun and humour!

The Tres Caballeros tour will carry the new musical vision of The Aristocrats trio on stage throughout North America during their most ambitious tour to date. The Aristocrats will also play at the Mod Club in Toronto on August 1st and at the Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa on August 2nd.

Tickets are $20, available online and at the Café Campus boxoffice.


June 28, 2015
Chris Squire dies

Just announced this morning on Geoff Downes' twitter feed: "Utterly Devastated beyond words to have to report the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration, Chris Squire" - Geoff Downes

Here is the official announcement on the Yes Facebook page:
"It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona.

For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music, as well as his solo album, Fish Out of Water.

Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan. With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many … including each of us. But he wasn’t merely our friend: he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him."

Chris Squire had just announced a few weeks ago that he was undergoing treatments for leukemia. A massive loss for the pogressive rock community, a truly irreplaceable musician and the only member of Yes who participated on every single Yes album.


April 28, 2015
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

Gavin Harrison -
Cheating the Polygraph:
Gavin Harrison, drummer with British Prog innovators Porcupine Tree, currently working with King Crimson, and a musician whose playing and performing résumé includes stints with artists as varied as Iggy Pop, Lewis Taylor, Manfred Mann and Kevin Ayers, has released a brand new solo album, entitled
Cheating The Polygraph on Kscope Records.

Cheating The Polygraph is an ambitious project which sees the restlessly creative Harrison re-imagine eight songs from the acclaimed Porcupine Tree repertoire, in a set of vivid and vibrant new arrangements that give full, free rein to his enquiring musical mind. The arrangements could be described as a combination of early jazz fusion with big band sounds. Harrison explains the approach thus: "I think every album needs a focus – a master plan – and whilst I thought about writing new tunes for a big band project – I made a version of PT’s Futile (with Laurence Cottle) and it came out really well. It felt like a good plan to follow on with some of my personal favourite PT songs and see if we could make them work. I had a vision that the arrangements would never lean towards a clichéd classic big band sound but always follow a modern contemporary angle. So even if you didn’t know the original tune you could still enjoy it as a modern composition that would work with this instrumentation. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Laurence Cottle’s immense talent as a musician and arranger was mind blowing."

Here's the tracklist:
- What Happens Now?
- Sound Of Muzak/So Called Friend
- The Start Of Something Beautiful
- Heart Attack In A Layby/The Creator Had A Mastertape/Surfer
- The Pills I’m Taking (from Anesthetize)
- Hatesong/Halo
- Cheating The Polygraph/Mother & Child Divided
- Futile

The album will be available at all good indie record stores including Freeson Rock.

Ozric Tentacles -
Technicians of the Sacred:
At long last! Ozric Tentacles' 21st studio album is here! 90 minutes of mind bending astral journeys ready and waiting to transport you to another world. Over 30 years into their musical career, Ozric's continue to push the boundaries where no band has gone before. This epic offering takes you on a journey of awakening through musical celebration, it encourages listeners to take a step away from the restraints of traditional and modern days styles or genres, and open their minds to any possibility. Technicians of The Sacred is the group's first double length album in 25 years, since their ground breaking Erpland album released in 1990. The new double CD and vinyl album set, Technicians of The Sacred, will be released on Snapper's "Madfish" label on May 26, 2015 in the US. The supporting tour starts on April 25 with their first perfomance in Warsaw, and is currently confirmed through Europe, UK, and the US, though bookings are still in the works for many more countries.

The album will be available at all good indie record stores including Freeson Rock.

The Tangent -
A Spark in th Aether:
The new album by The Tangent, entitled
A Spark In The Aether, with its classic Ed Unitsky sleeve will be the Eighth official studio release by the band now in its twelfth year of existence. It will be available on CD, digital download and double vinyl album.

Andy Tillison says: "This is an album that seeks to return to the core of what The Tangent means to me... after our big orchestral opus that we delivered in
Le Sacre Du Travail we're, to an extent, reining in the instrumentation to the 5 piece electric Prog Rock band and focusing a little more on that all-important second word of the genre name 'Rock'. At least for the first half!"

Ian Oakley, long term friend of the band and former manager: "This is my favourite Tangent album in years. Full of thoughtful and amusing lyrics, singalong melodies, uplifting choruses, great guitar and synth leads (and just wait till you hear the brass!) Real Prog & Roll."

The album will be available at all good indie record stores including Freeson Rock.



March 14, 2015
Heavy Montreal 2015
The annual celebration of metallic music HEAVY MONTREAL is back at Parc Jean Drapeau on
August 7, 8 and 9, 2015 with a great lineup that includes great names like Slipknot, Slipknot, Faith No More, Korn, Alexisonfire, Lamb of God, Iggy Pop, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Within Temptation and Arch Enemy!

Tickets are on sale right now:
Regular 3-Day General Admission : $230
3-Day Gold : $500
3-Day Platinum : $850
Doors open at noon, first shows begin at 1:00 PM. Downloat the poster
here.

Here's the full lineup for now:
Slipknot
Faith No More
Korn
Alexisonfire
Lamb of God
Iggy Pop
NOFX
Billy Talent
Mastodon
Bullet for My Valentine
Meshuggah
Within Temptation
Gojira
Testament
Arch Enemy
Lagwagon
Lita Ford
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
with Andrew W.K. on vocals
Warrant
Dokken
Rocket From the Crypt
Asking Alexandria
Periphery
Deafheaven
Coal Chamber
Nuclear Assault
Dying Fetus
Glassjaw
Ihsahn
Pentagram
Gorguts
B.A.R.F.
Motionless in White
Moneen
Lofofora
Small Brown Bike
Pig Destroyer
Anonymus
The Flatliners
The Agonist
Fozzy
Upon a Burning Body
Nothing More
Jasta
Battlecross
Insomnium
Slaves on Dope
Omnium Gatherum
Wilson
Dead Tired
ToyGuitar
Intervals
Dig It Up

and much more!


August 8, 2015
MSGF in L'Assomption
Prog rock tribute/entertainment band MSGF will be at Bistro de l'Ange Cornu in L'Assomption (265, Boul. L'Ange Gardien) on
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Featuring Quebec's finest musicians, the group offers a varied playlist that covers prog rock as well as classic rock, pop and folk, with material by Neil Young, Genesis, Stevie Wonder, Mes Aieux, Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel and much more! The band is composed of François Fournier on keyboards, bass and vocals, Steve Gagné on drums and vocals, Michel Sergi on vocals and guitars, Réjean Arsenault on guitar, vocals and flute, and Pierre Malenfant on bass and mandolin.


May 30, 2015
Hamadryad: New music!
Here are the latst news from planet Hamadryad:

"Hello friends!
Great news today, we finally have some new music for you!

In order not to make you wait any longer, the songs for
The Black Hole will be released digitally as singles until the whole album is completed. The first two songs Crash (Black Hole Pt.1) & The Worst is Yet to Come (Black Hole Pt.2) are ready and will be officially released on the 1st week of June 2015.

We have put lots of time and effort to create this music. We also invested lots of money to give it a production of the highest standards, because we believe this music and YOU specially deserve it. So PLEASE support independent music by downloading legally via CDBaby and iTunes.

Thank you in advance and enjoy!"


May 30, 2015
Steve Hackett & Steven Wilson
to release Box set

Steven Wilson and Mark Powell have worked on a 14-disc box set of Steve Hackett’s work. Entitled
Premonitions, it focuses on the ex-Genesis guitarist’s mid 70s and early 80s output.

Wilson says: "
Premonitions will cover his time with Charisma Records between 1975-83, including the first four albums in newly created 5.1 surround sound versions. I was only able to remix two of these into discrete surround since the multitrack tapes for the other two could not be located. So instead I created surround sound upmixes, which nevertheless came out sounding very immersive and worthwhile. All the remixing was supervised and approved by Steve."

Hackett says: "I'm excited that Universal are putting together a box set!
Premonitions: The Charisma Years 1975 - 1983 will include my first six albums, four of which have been redone in surround sound by Steven Wilson. It will be 14 discs, also including live recordings: the whole Oxford show over two CDs, 1981 Reading and 1979 Drury Lane, as well as a 1983 BBC session. Lots of liner notes and photos will also be in the package... I'll update with more info soon!"

A tentative date of October 2015 has been suggested.


July 12, 2015
Primus at the Metropolis: Contest winners!
American rock band Primus is back on the road to continue supporting their Willy Wonka covers album
Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble. The band’s definitive lineup composed of Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander will rock the Metropolis on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

This contest has now ended and we have two winners!

Congratulations to
Lorne Warawa of Longueuil and Isabelle Jardin of St-Hubert
who win each a pair of tickets to the Metropolis show.

Thanks again to evenko for the great prize and thanks to all who have participated!

Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available through evenko at $47 in advance and $52 at the door on the day of the show


July 18, 2015
Aussie Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin 2 in concert!
Yes, you're reading right! Two of the most epic tribute bands to the most epic rock icons are joining together for a breathtaking evening of classic rock at the Bell Centre!

The mighty Australian Pink Floyd joins forces with Led Zeppelin 2 for an incredible double bill unlike anything you've ever seen at the Bell Center this
Thursday, July 23, 2015, at 8:00 PM.

Tickets are $52 to $83, available through evenko and at the Bell Centre boxoffice!


June 24, 2014
Steven Wilson in Quebec, Montreal and Gatineau
As part of the 36th edition of the Montreal Jazz Fest, Steven Wilson will play the Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal) on Saturday, June 27, 2015 and Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 8:30 PM. Tickets also available through Admission.

Steven will also be performing at the Imperial de Québec in Quebec City on
Monday June 29 2015 at 8:00 PM, and on Tuesday, June 30 2015 at the Théâtre du Casino Lac-Leamy ( 1, Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau), tickets for that show available through Ticketmaster.


June 24, 2015
Lazarus Heart at the Club Dix30 in Brossard
Sting/The Police Tribute band Lazarus Heart will be at the Club Square Dix30 in Brossard on
Friday, June 26, 2015.

Lazarus Heart is composed of Sylvain Auclair on vocals, bass and stick, Luc Catelier on drums, Sébastien Cloutier on keys, Guillaume Larouche on saxophone and Dimitri Lebel on guitars.

The show will begin at 8:00 PM (doors at 7:00 PM) and tickets are $34.75, available through Admission and at the Club Dix30 boxoffice.


June 10, 2015
Alarmist at Le Divan Orange
Irish band Alarmist will be at Le Divan Orange (4234 Saint-Laurent, Montreal) on
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, accompanied by Atsuko Chiba and Appalaches.

The show will begin at 8:00 PM (doors at 7:30 PM) and tickets are $13, available through Blue Skies Turn Black or at the door on the day of the show.


June 6, 2015
Apocalyptica in Montreal
Finnish orchestral metal band Apocalyptica will be at the Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal) this
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, accompanied by Vancouver's Art of Dying.

The show will begin at 8:00 PM (doors at 7:00 PM) and tickets are $29, available through evenko or at the Metropolis boxoffice.


June 6 2015
Rush at the Bell Center
One more for the road! The mighty Canadian prog rock trio Rush will hit the stage of the Bell Centre in Montreal once again on
Sunday, June 21, 2015 for the R40 tour ! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will embark on their 40th anniversary, their 21st world tour, visiting over 34 cities in North America, and according to the band, probably the very last tour of that magnitude. So catch 'em because this is not one you want to miss!

Doors 6:30 pm - Show: 7:30 pm. Tickets are $58.50 to $149, available through evenko.


May 3, 2015
Renaissance keyboard player John Tout passes away
From the official Renaissance facebook page: "John Tout passed away this Friday, May 1st at 4.30pm from lung failure at The Royal Free Hospital, London, England.

He was an amazing musician, highly contributing to the unique sound of the band from 1970 - 1980. He was the quiet (but funny) one in the band, always very caring towards the fans and good friend to Annie Haslam, Terence Sullivan, Jon Camp and the late Michael Dunford. He will always be in our hearts and music!"


April 12, 2015
Tame Impala at the Metropolis
Australian neo psychedelic band Tame Impala will be at the Metropolis (59, Ste-Catherine East) for two shows, on Wednesday, May 20, 2014 and Thursday, May 21, 2014. Wednesday's show is SOLD OUT.

Check out an awesome video of their song "Elephant". Doors at 6:30 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $34.50 in advance through Admission / $40 at the door.


April 28, 2015
Guy LeBlanc passes away
It is with great sadness we have learned of the passing of Guy LeBlanc, the masterful keyboardist and composer of Nathan Mahl, solo artist and contributor to many bands including Camel, AraPacis and The Rebel Wheel.

Diagnosed with an incurable form of bone cancer, the franco-ontarian musician had to drop out of the 2014 tour with Camel. On the official Camel website was the following statement: "It is with a hugely heavy heart that we announce the gentle passing of our friend and keyboard player, Guy LeBlanc, on 27th April at 4:05pm EDT. We are unable to adequately express the sorrow we are experiencing at this time. Our hearts are with his family, Shirley, Natasha and Kayleigh LeBlanc."


May 5, 2015
Terra Incognita 2015
The lineup of the 11th edition of the Terra Incognita Convention has been announced, and it's an awesome one! The event will be held in Quebec City at the Centre d'art La Chapelle (620, ave. Plante, Quebec City) on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015. Swedish prog legends Anekdoten will be Saturday's headliner, along with Vermont's Elephants of Scotland, Montreal's own Huis and solo artist Anton Roolart. On Sunday, the bands announced so far are Frogg Café , Il Castello Di Atlante and Kaipa Da Capo featuring Roine Stolt. More bands to be announced, so stay tuned.

One of the most important groups of the progressive rock new wave in the early 90s, Anekdoten has quickly established itself with records like
Vemod and Nucleus. Heir of King Crimson, the group has gradually distanced themselves from that style and developed their own signature. The last visit of the famous Swedish band dates back to 1998. Anekdoten will promote and present material from their new album to be launched in early 2015.

Tickets for each day are $92 (fees included), available through Billetech.com or at the Centre d'art La Chapelle boxoffice (418-686-5032).

For general information on the event, contact terraincognitamag@hotmail.com
or visit http://terraincognitaprog.weebly.com/ for the latest news and band info.


January 1st, 2015
Top ten list of 2014
Check-out this year's prog rock top ten list, compiled by yours truly, and by our epic contributor, Eric Caron, featuring the good, the bad and the ugly album releases of 2014!


March 25, 2015
Acid Mothers Temple at La Vitrola
Those amazing, loopy japanese rockers, the mighty Acid Mothers Temple, will be back in town on
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at La Vitrola (4602 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal) with opening band (yet to be announced) for their North American Cosmo Saraswati Tour 2015

Doors at 8:00 PM, show at 9:00 PM - admission at the door: $15, in advance: $13 - General admission, 18+


March 8, 2015
Kamelot at the Metropolis
American power metal band Kamelot will be at the Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal) on
Saturday, May 2, 2015, accompanied by Dragonforce.

The show will begin at 7:00 PM (doors at 6:30 PM) and tickets are $42 to $53, available through Ticketmaster or at the Metropolis boxoffice.


December 13, 2014
Def Leppard at the Bell Center
English rock band Def Leppard will be at the Bell Center in Montreal on
Saturday, May 2, 2015.

With 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard continues to be one of the most popular bands in classic rock music. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name. For the past thirty years the band’s concerts have become must-see events and have quickly made them an institution in the touring industry, as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.

Doors at 6:30, the show will begin at at 7:30 PM, tickets are $58.25 to $131.25 available through evenko and at the Bell Center boxoffice.


April 28, 2015
Haken and Spock's Beard in Montreal and Quebec City
Haken and Spock's Beard will visit the Imperial de Québec in Quebec City on
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 and the Club Soda in Montreal on Wednesday April 29, 2015 as part of a fantastic prog rock doubleheader.

British sextet Haken will open the evening. This will be their first tour of North America. Their music combines the finesse of progressive rock and energy of heavy metal. They are known for their elaborate arrangements and incredible musicianship.
Created in 2007, Haken released three albums since 2010. The quality of their compositions allowed them to get noticed quickly by several progressive rock and metal music critics. In the fall of 2014 they were nominated in three categories at the British Prog Awards: Prog Album of the Year, Song of the Year (Cockroach King) and group of the year, these three honors in reward for their excellent album
The Mountain released in 2013. In 2014, Haken launched an EP entitled Restoration. Haken is composed of Richard Hensall (keyboards and guitar), Diego Tjeida (keyboards), Ray Hearne (drums), Charlie Griffiths (guitar), Conner Green (bass) and Ross Jennings (vocals).

The second half of the program will be provided by the excellent American band Spock's Beard. Since its creation in 1992 in Los Angeles, Spock's Beard is considered a leader among American progressive rock groups. Their first album in 1994 entitled
The Light is considered a masterpiece by many critics. The compositions of Spock's Beard are catchy and rich in vocal harmonies.
With eleven brilliant studio albums, Spock's Beard has launched its latest album in 2013, entitled
Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep. The album coincided with the arrival of the band's new vocalist, Ted Leonard (Enchant). The other members of Spock's Beard are: Alan Morse (guitar), Dave Meros (bass), Ryo Okumoto (keyboards) and Jimmy Keegan (drums). A new album will be released in 2015.

With Haken which is one of the hottest bands in contemporary prog and veterans Spock's Beard on the bill, progressive rock fans will be treated to a an evening of pure art rock bliss.

Tickets for the Montreal show available through the Club Soda's online boxoffice - $67 to $79 (VIPs @ $129).

Tickets for the Quebec City show available through the Impérial de Québec's online boxoffice. A JLJ Musik presentation.


April 12, 2015
Opusculus and Marck.T at Petit Campus
Opusculus and Marck.T will play at the Petit Café Campus (57 Prince Arthur, Montreal) on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Don't miss the comeback of Opusculus, featuring Michel Landry on drums, Jocelyn Maheux on guitars and Thierry Zambo on bass. They will be accompanied by opening act Marck.T, who will present brand new original material. The show starts at 8:30 PM. Admission: $15 • 18+


April 10, 2015
Marillion Weekend 2015 in Montreal
Get ready for the Marillion Weekend 2015 Canada ! Fourth edition of the famed Marillion weekend and fifth appearance in Montreal in the past 7 years, the band really feels at home at the Olympia!

The Marillion Weekend 2015 Canada will take place over 3 nights at the stunning Théâtre L'Olympia in Montréal from
Friday, April 24 to Sunday April 26, 2015. On Friday, Marillion will perform Anoraknophobia in its entirety, and Saturday will feature the whole of the Marbles album performed live. The concerts will feature a different show every night and will be based around the concerts that are taking place at the Marillion Weekend 2015 – Netherlands.

The opening acts for the weekend are: Casey McPherson, guitarist for Flying Colors on Friday night, Lo-Fi Resistance, featuring guitar genius Randy McStine on Saturday, and the David Barrett Trio on Sunday.

Tickets cost is $160.10 for admission to all 3 nights. Tickets for the Marillion Weekend Montreal are now available to buy from the venue's website and through Admission. Doors open at 7:00 and the show begins at 8:00 all three nights. As always, this is a general admission show standing room only.


March 14, 2015
Daevid Allen is dead
The eternal teapot spaceman, and founder of Gong, Daevid Allen, has passed away on Friday, March 13, just a few weeks after he announced that his incurable illness left him less than 6 months. His son Orlando said via Facebook: "Dada Ali, Bert Camembert, the Dingo Virgin, Divided Alien and his other 12 selves prepare to pass up the oily way and back to the planet of love. And I rejoice and give thanks. As the eternal wheel turns we will continue your message of love and pass it around. We are all one – we are all Gong. Rest well, my friend, float off on our ocean of love. You have left such a beautiful legacy and we will make sure it forever shines in our children and their children."

This is a video clip of Allen’s last public appearance, at a poetry recital in Byron Bay, New South Wales, on February 27, he looked frail but his spirit was still brilliant and beautifully touching.


February 1st, 2015
Delain at the Foufounes
Dutch band Delain will be at the Foufounes (87 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal) on
Sunday, April 12, 2015, with opening acts Karkaos and Sanguine Glacialis.

Doors at 6:30 PM, tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (VIP @ $60) available at billets.ca.


January 25, 2015
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

Vly -
I:
In the last few months a remote international collaboration between musicians from different backgrounds crystallized into a new band, Vly. Vly is a multifaceted beast where elements from progressive rock, classic rock and folk meet with early-Floydian psychedelia, intimate pop melodies, massive walls of epic guitar riffage, post-classical, post-rock and electronic music! Vly is: Keith Gladysz (Diet Kong, Typical Reptiles) on vocals, Karl Demata (Crippled Black Phoenix, KD Band) on guitars and synths, programming, Elisa Montaldo (Il Tempio Delle Clessidre) on keyboards and synths, Chris Heilmann (Crippled Black Phoenix, Bernie Tormé, Shark Island) on bass and the formidable Mattias Olsson (Änglagård. White Willow, Necromonkey) on drums & keyboards. The Vly debut album will be simply entitled
I and will be released in early spring 2015. For upcoming info, songs, tracklists, videos etc, please visit: www.facebook.com/vlyband and vlymusic.squarespace.com . The album will be available at all good indie record stores including Freeson Rock.

AraPacis -
A Disturbing Awakening:
One of the best albums of the AraPacis discography! Excellent production, catchy tunes, definitely a little vibe that will remind you of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Rush. And with contributions on keyboards by Guy Leblanc (Nathan Mahl) and Don Airey (Deep Purple), it sounds like thunder!
A Disturbing Awakening will be available at all good indie record stores including Freeson Rock as well as trhrough the band's online store at http://www.arapacis.com/index.htm

Beardfish -
+4626 - Comfortzone:
Swedish progressive rockers Beardfish have been hard at work on the follow-up to 2013’s
The Void, and now they are pleased to reveal that their brand new eighth studio album, +4626 - Comfortzone will be released in North America on the 27th of January 2015. Top notch musicianship, stellar production, prog rock at its best and most originally refreshing! The album will be available at all good indie record stores including Freeson Rock.



April 4, 2015
Time for Pink Floyd in St-Lazare
Hamadryad presents Time For Pink Floyd at the Bar chez Maurice (1897 Ste-Angélique, St-Lazare) on
Saturday, April 11, 2015, truly the ideal opportunity for an awesome early spring show!

The tribute band Time For Pink Floyd stands out especially by their vocal and musical fidelity, and offers a spectacle worthy of the famous British band. The group's repertoire covers all periods of Pink Floyd's discography. Time For Pink Floyd will perform the all-time favorites of the legendary rock band. Admission: $20.


April 4, 2015
Bazaar in Rosemont
Attention all CD and vinyl collectors, a great vintage and retro bazaar is happening in Rosemont!

To all those who like to find rare and unusual stuff, you may find your happiness in this mega vintage bazaar to be held at St-Jean-Berchmans Church in Montreal!

If you get a kick doing some antiquing and retro stuff hunting, this event is a must. Furniture, lamps, posters, frames, dishes, kitchenware, jewelery, vintage accessories of all kinds, LPs, CDs, books and more: There will be something for everyone! This is the right opportunity to find Instagram-friendly dishes, groovy posters that will fit perfectly on your walls or that elusive Gentle Giant 45 RPM!

For those interested, the sale will take place Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the St-Jean-Berchmans Church, located at 5945 Cartier Street in the heart of Rosemont.

A collector's paradise you don't wanna miss! Also Check in Weekly Favorites about the latest offering from Pit Caribou microbrewery!


April 8, 2015
IQ in Montreal and in Quebec City
JLJ Musik is proud to welcome back IQ in Montral and Quebec City. The English progressive rock group will be at Théâtre la Tulipe (4530 Papineau, Montreal) this
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM. They will also be at L'Impérial de Québec (252, rue Saint-Joseph East, Quebec City) on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM. The British group will present their brand new album Road Of Bones in addition to many old classics that have have marked their long career.

Along with Marillion, IQ is one of the pioneers of the neo-prog movement that began in the early 80s. Their first album,
Tales from the Lush Attic, was released in 1983. Compared to Genesis during their golden age, it was in 1993 with the album Ever that IQ reached their maturity and developed their staple refined and personalized sound. Year after year, production quality of IQ albums has always been outstanding and constantly improving.

Road of Bones, their tenth studio album, is considered by many music critics as the best progressive rock album of the year 2014. The last time IQ visited Montreal Montreal was in September 2007 when the band graced the stage of the Salle Pierre Mercure for the 2nd edition of FMPM. The last visit of IQ in Quebec dates back to 1998.

IQ is composed of Peter Nicholls (vocals), Mike Holmes (guitar), Paul Cook (drums), Tim Essau (bass) and Neil Durant (Keyboards). Tickets for the show in Montreal are available at the boxoffice of the Théâtre La Tulipe or online through Admission. Tickets for the IQ show in Quebec City are available through imperialdequebec.com.


December 7, 2014
Brit Floyd back at the Bell Center
Brit Floyd will be back on the stage of the Bell Center in Montreal on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

The majestic british tribute band will present a brand new show celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd, from 1965 to 2014 and featuring music from
The Dark Side of the Moon, Division Bell, Final Cut, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Animals, The Wall, Meddle, Wish You were Here and the Endless River, plus much more!

Doors 7:00 pm - show: 8:00 pm, tickets are on sale right now $52.25 to $67.25, available through evenko.ca.


March 21, 2015
So - Projet Gabriel in Brossard : a review
By Robert Dansereau - 21/03/2015
So - Projet Gabriel, the new tribute band to Peter Gabriel played yesterday at Club Dix30 in Brossard. What a fantastic show!

A show that combined the emotion, energy and virtuosity of the six musicians, you would never believe it was their first live performance as a band because they have captivated the audience from the first note of Come Talk to Me. An absolutely perfect playlist including big Gabriel hits in addition to the more daring and "proggy" tunes.

And what can I say about this splendid band... Charles Bellerose on bass and Chapman Stick succesfully met the challenge of honoring the work of Tony Levin, François Corriveau drums set the pace to the exceptional evening, Daniel Marsolais guitar was brilliant, Guy Charbonneau on keyboards, programming and scenery offered us all those mystical sounds of the music of Gabriel, and I tip my hat to the two amazing vocalists of the group, Marc Léveillé and Marie-Claude Marchand, who were simply superb, earning several ovations during the evening with their emotional, enthusiastic and exciting performance.

Among the great songs on their playlist, they performed Shock the Monkey, Mercy street, Games Without Frontier, Here comes the Flood, Don't Give Up, San Jacinto, No Self Control, Solsbury Hill, Digging in the Dirt, Steam, Red Rain, and to end the evening, Sledgehammer and Biko for the encore.

They will be back on June 20th at Club Dix30, your chance to see a first class show!

http://soprojetgabriel.wix.com/soprojetgabriel


March 14, 2015
Alan Parsons Live Project in Montreal : a review
By Robert Dansereau - 13/03/2015 - Photo: Manoli Papadakis
Legendary composer, performer and producer Alan Parsons was playing on March 10 at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts in front of over 1600 fans and offered an unforgettable show! A brilliant orchestra of 8 splendid musicians and a setlist that was sure to please each and every fan.

The band began with a bang with their medley Luciferama, followed by Damned If I Do, Don't Answer Me and Breakdown/Raven and the eternal hit I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You. After such an energetic start, he played a few ballads including Time and Old And Wise to conclude the first part of the evening with the entire Turn Of A Friendly Card suite! A very energetic first set filled with their proggiest hits.

After a 20-minute break, the band came back onstage with some of their poppier, popular tracks, starting with a breathtaking interpretation of La Sagrada Familia, followed with the lovely Limelight. Then on to an emotional moment when Alan dedicated the song In The Real World from 1985's
Stereotomy to his friend, vocalist Chris Rainbow who passed away just a few weeks ago. Alan followed with brand new song entitled, Do You Live At All? and on to the excellent pop hit Prime Time from Ammonia Avenue. For the grand finale, an exuberant Sirius/Eye in The Sky that had everyone dancing in their seats.

For the encore, Alan blew the roof off with a blistering interpretation of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether and Games People Play, ending with a long, deserved standing ovation! What a magnificent show!

It was wonderful to see almost all of the musicians take their turn on lead vocals throughout the evening, with Alan singing mostly on Prime Time, Eye in The Sky and Nothing Left To Lose from his
Turn Of A Friendly Card suite. To say this show was enjoyable is an understatement, because every note from the first to the last was thoroughly delightful.

Alan was accompanied by seven impeccable musicians, including P.J. Ollson on vocals, Alastair Greene on guitars and vocals, Danny Thompson on drums, Guy Erez on bass and vocals, Manny Focarazzo on keyboards, Todd Cooper on saxophone and vocals and Dan Tracey on guitars and vocals! Each and every musician had their opportunity to shine during the show and each one did it admirably well.

After the evening, I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Parsons, accompanied by his lovely wife Lisa. Friendly and patient, he took time to chat at length with all his fans, and signed a considerable amount of albums, posters and gladly had his picture taken with everyone! A great evening filled with precious musical memories! Thanks Alan for the amazing show and thanks to Jean-Louis and Jérome of JLJ Musik for bringing an artist of that caliber to Montreal and Quebec City
!


April 1st, 2015
Marillion Weekend Montreal DVD contest!
Contest winner!
As the highly anticipated weekend approaches quickly, ProgMontreal thanks the fine folks at Marillion for these great contests for tickets and DVDs!

The contest for the DVD/Blu-Ray combo has ended and we have a winner!

Congratulations to
André Bazinet of Montreal
who wins the triple DVD "marillion live in Montreal" of their marillion weekend in 2009 at l'Olympia in Montréal along with a triple Blu-Ray "marillion holidays in Zélande" featuring their marillion weekend in Port Zélande in the Netherlands in 2011, both autographed by all the members of the mighty marillion!

Thanks to all who have participated!

Get ready for the Marillion Weekend 2015 Canada ! Fourth edition of the famed Marillion weekend and fifth appearance in Montreal in the past 7 years, the band really feels at home at the Olympia!

The Marillion Weekend 2015 Canada will take place over 3 nights at the stunning Théâtre L'Olympia in Montréal from
Friday, April 24 to Sunday April 26, 2015. On Friday, Marillion will perform Anoraknophobia in its entirety, and Saturday will feature the whole of the Marbles album performed live. The concerts will feature a different show every night and will be based around the concerts that are taking place at the Marillion Weekend 2015 – Netherlands.

The opening acts for the weekend are: Casey McPherson, guitarist for Flying Colors on Friday night, Lo-Fi Resistance, featuring guitar genius Randy McStine on Saturday, and the David Barrett Trio on Sunday.

Tickets cost is $160.10 for admission to all 3 nights. Tickets for the Marillion Weekend Montreal are now available to buy from the venue's website and through Admission. Doors open at 7:00 and the show begins at 8:00 all three nights. As always, this is a general admission show standing room only.


March 14, 2015
Flying Joes on tour
Two of the band members of JellyFiche, Syd Bédard and JF Arsenault have a captivating new musical project, Flying Joes!

This Montreal Rock 'n’ blues raw power trio, created in January 2014, is like a bombshell on stage! The band is composed of singer-bass player Syd, guitar player Jay Arsenault and drummer Laurent St-Pierre. Their vintage influences meets today’s sound, their dynamic and festive compositions with catchy melodies are amazing road trip songs which enlighten rock and blues fans around the world.

Flying Joes were the winners of the Nuits Blues Laurentides 2014 contest in the songwriter category, with their song I’ve Gone Missing. They are currently recording their first album, to be released in the spring of 2016. Their producer is the award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson (U2, AC/DC, The Ramones, BB King). Flying Joes band members have an impressive background knowledge acquired over the years in the professional music business. They have shared the stage with Steve Hill, Hugo Lapointe, Sylvain Cossette and many humourists as Louis-José Houde, Peter Mcleod and Mike Ward during the Humour Aveugle galas presented at the iconic Theatre St-Denis in Montréal, in front of an audience of 2000 people. They have accumulated extensive stage experience over the years with their past projects and have toured in Canada, Europe, United-States and Asia. Also founding members of the French progressive rock band Jelly Fiche, Syd and Jay have produced two albums, distributed in more than twenty countries broadcasted globally on rock radio stations..

And they're gearing up for a busy summer! You will be able to catch them:

Thursday, March 19 @ 9:30 PM
Pub St-Sau, 236 rue Principale, St-Sauveur
Free

Friday, March 20 @ 10:00 PM
Pub St-Sau, 236 rue Principale, St-Sauveur
Free

Saturday, March 21 @ 7:00 PM
L'Alizé, 900 Rue Ontario E, Montréal,
13,00$ and 14,00$ at the door Age limit: 18+

Friday, March 27 @ 10:30 PM
Bistro à Jojo, 1627 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
Free Age limit: 18+

Saturday, March 28 @ 7:00 AM
Théatre St-Denis, 1594 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
House band for "Gala Humour Aveugle"
Tickets: $67 to $147

Saturday, April 4 @ 10:30 PM
Sim's Irish Pub, 3636 Rue Church , Rawdon
Free Age limit: 18+

Friday, April 10 @ 11:00 PM
Le Balthazar, 195, promenade du Centropolis, Laval
Free

Saturday, April 11 @ 11:00 PM
Le Balthazar, 195, promenade du Centropolis, Laval
Free

Sunday, April 19 @ 9:00 PM
Le Balthazar, 195, promenade du Centropolis, Laval
Free

Thursday, April 30 @ 7:00 PM
Le Balthazar, 195, promenade du Centropolis, Laval
Free

Friday, May 1 @ 8:00 PM
Le Balthazar, 195, promenade du Centropolis, Laval
Free

Saturday, May 2 @ 8:00 PM
Le Balthazar, 195, promenade du Centropolis, Laval
Free

Friday, May 8 @ 9:30 PM
Café St-Paul, 345 Boul Taschereau, Laprairie
Free Age limit: 18+

Saturday, May 9 @ 9:30 PM
Café St-Paul, 345 Boul Taschereau, Laprairie
Free Age limit: 18+

Friday, May 15 @ 10:00 PM
Cerbère, 313, St-Georges Street, St-Jérôme
5,00$ Age limit: 18+

Saturday, May 16 @ 10:30 PM
Bistro à Jojo, 1627 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
6,00$ Age limit: 18+

Wednesday, May 20 @ 6:30 PM
Pub Macintosh, 125 de la Rive Droite, Bromont
Free

Friday, May 22 @ 10:00 PM
Bistro Le Saaz, 536 Boulevard Manseau, Joliette
Free Age limit: 18+

Saturday, May 23 @ 10:00 PM
Bar Le St-Laurent, 283, rue Notre-Dame, Repentigny
4,00$ Age limit: 18+

Thursday, May 28 @ 7:00 PM
Pub Mcintosh, 12, rue Principale, Granby
Free

Saturday, June 6 @ 8:00 PM
as part of the Meo show,
4375, rue Ontario Est, Montreal
http://www.meoshow.com/
20,00$ Age limit: 18+

Friday, June 19 @ 7:00 PM
Bar Chez Maurice, 1897 Chemin Ste Angélique, St-Lazare
Free Age limit: 18+

Friday, August 14 @ 8:30 PM
Festival l'Ile en blues, 1546 chemin Royal, Saint-Laurent de l'Ile d'Orléans


February 1st, 2015
Enslaved at the Foufounes
Greenland presents Norwegian metal band Enslaved will be at the Foufounes (87 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal) on
Friday, March 20, 2015, as part of the In Times tour, with opening bands Yob and Ecstatic Vision.

Doors at 6:30 PM, tickets are $25 in advance through Greenland or $28 at the door.


March 25, 2015
A Visible Jazz Touch of ...Genesis at L'Astral
Martin Levac's A Visible Jazz Touch of…Genesis will be at L'Astral (305 Sainte-Catherine West) this
Friday, March 27, 2015.

Best known for his impersonations of Phil Collins in Dance Into The Light, Martin Levac is back on disk & on stage with a new production: A Visible Jazz Touch Of ...Genesis, it will transport you one more time in the world of the famous British group, but this time with a jazzy touch!

Accompanied by two musicians, Martin Levac revisits timeless classics like Misunderstanding, Turn It On Again, That's All, Invisible Touch and many others. Featuring Martin Levac on vocals, Mario Fraser on piano and Mathieu Gagné on double bass, the show will begin at 8:00 PM and tickets are $27, available at the L'Astral boxoffice or through Ticketmaster.


March 9, 2015
ProgMontréal celebrates its 10th anniversary!
Win tickets to Three Friends at the Olympia!
They keep on coming! Here's another great contest, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ProgMontreal, you could win tickets to the Three Friends concert this October!

Also, be sure to participate to win autographed Marillion DVDs, and tickets to So-Projet Gabriel !

Check this page for more contests coming very soon!


December 19, 2014
Alan Parsons in Quebec City
The legendary composer Alan Parsons is on the road again, and will be at the Grand Théâtre in Quebec City on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Tickets are now available through the Grand Théâtre website and cost $70.25 to $104.75. VIP packages also available!


March 8, 2015
Alan Parsons Live Project Montreal:
Contest winner

Legendary composer, performer and producer Alan Parsons will be at the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of the Place des Arts in Montreal on
Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

This contest has now ended and we have a winner.
Congratulations to
Gino Perrotti of St-Léonard who wins the
pair of tickets to the Place des Arts show!

Thanks to JLJ Musik for this great prize and thanks to all who have participated!

Parsons continues his world tour of the Alan Parsons Live project that began in 2014. The artist wanted to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the album
I Robot while continuing to play his greatest hits including Time, Don't Answer Me, Eye In The Sky, Sirius, I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You and Games People Play. He will be accompanied by six musicians and a singer.

Alan Parsons began his career as an assistant sound engineer in the prestigious Abbey Road studios. At the age of 18, he worked on the the legendary Beatles albums
Abbey Road and Let it be. And then he was the sound engineer for Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon. This album revolutionized studio recording techniques worldwide. More recently, Parsons was the sound engineer for Steven Wilson's album The Raven That Refused To Sing, released in 2013.

After creating The Alan Parsons Project with Eric Woolfson, the artist has recorded ten studio albums from 1976. The British musician has sold over 45 million albums in addition to being nominated for eleven Grammy Awards.

Alan Parsons gave few concerts at the beginning of his carreer. His last visit to Montreal was in 1998 at the Parc Des Iles opening for Yes. The current tour began in the US on January 28 and then will stop in Canada and then on to Europe.

Tickets are $67 to $92, available at the Place Des Arts boxoffice.


March 9, 2015
Mike + The Mechanics at Théâtre Maisonneuve:
Contest winner!
The legendary bassist of Genesis, Mike Rutherford, will bring his Mike + The Mechanics in Montreal! Don't miss this unique show on Wednesday, March 11 2015 at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of the Place des Arts, And we just learned that none other than Daryl Stuermer (Genesis) will take care of the opening act. So two Genesis veterans onstage for the price of one!

This contest has now ended and we have a winner.
Congratulations to
Gaétan Gagnon of Boucherville who wins the
pair of tickets to the Place des Arts show!

Thanks to evenko for this great prize and thanks to all who have participated!

It’s been three decades since Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford formed the side project. An MTV staple during the mid '80s, Rutherford and his Mechanics haven't toured America since 1989! Now you have yet another chance to hear hits like Silent Running and All I Need is A Miracle performed live on stage.

Tickets are $52 to $68, available online at placedesarts.com or at the Théâtre Maisonneuve boxoffice.


February 7, 2015
Sad news from Daevid Allen
Daevid Allen, the driving force behind Gong and Soft Machine, announced some heartbreaking news last Wednesday:

"Hello you Kookaburras,

OK so I have had my PET-CAT scans (which is essentially a full body viewing gallery for cancer specialists) and so it is now confirmed that the invading cancer has returned to successfully establish dominant residency in my neck. The original surgery took much of it out, but the cancer has now recreated itself with renewed vigor while also spreading to my lung.

The cancer is now so well established that I have now been given approximately six months to live.

So My view has Changed:
I am not interested in endless surgical operations and in fact it has come as a relief to know that the end is in sight.

I am a great believer in "The Will of the Way Things Are" and I also believe that the time has come to stop resisting and denying and to surrender to the way it is.
I can only hope that during this journey, I have somehow contributed to the happiness in the lives of a few other fellow humans.

I believe I have done my best to heal, dear friends and that you have been enormously helpful in supporting me through this time

So Thank you SO much for being there with me, for the Ocean of Love and Now, importantly, thank you for starting the process of letting go of me, of mourning then transforming and celebrating this death coming up - this is how you can contribute, this would be a great gift from those emotionally and spiritually involved with me.

I love you and will be with you always - Daevid xxx -


January 25, 2015
Permanent Waves at the Forum!
Yup, you read right! Permanent Waves will be at the pub Le Forum (815 Jacques-Cartier, Gatineau QC)
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM. Tickets $10. The Ontario-based tribute trio to Rush will present the full show of the Moving Pictures tour in 1981. A presentation of BTB Productions.


January 31, 2015
Humble Stance plays Saga in Ottawa
Attention all fans of Saga, Humble Stance will be playing at the Brass Monkey (250 Greenbank Road, Ottawa) on
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:30 PM. The Saga tribute band, featuring Mystery’s Jean Pageau on lead vocals, will play classics like How Long, The Flyer, On The Loose, Cat Walk, Don’t Be Late and many more! Admission is $10.


22 février 2015
Neal Morse Band à Montréal - Gagnant du concours!
Le Neal Morse band sera de retour à Montréal à La Tulipe (4530 Papineau, Montréal • 514-529-5000) le
mercredi 25 février 2015 pour la tournée Alive Again, les gars présenteront la musique de leur premier album ensemble, The Grand Experiment! et avec en première partie, nul autre que le groupe montréalais Mystery.

Le concours pour gagner une paire de billets pour le spectacle de Montréal à La Tulipe est maintenant terminé, et nous avons un gagnant :

Félicitations à
Hugues Provost de St-Jean sur Richelieu qui se mérite la paire de billets.

Merci encore à JLJ Musik en collaboration avec ProgMontréal pour cet excellent prix, et merci à tous ceux qui ont participé!

Pour la toute première fois, la légende du rock progressif Neal Morse s'est présenté en studio pour une session d'enregistrement avec son ami de longue date et collaborateur Mike Portnoy, et avec Randy George, Bill Hubauer et Eric Gillette... avec absolument rien! Il n'avait aucun matériel préparé et rien d'écrit. «Je voulais voir ce que ce serait de créer librement en studio sans idées préconçues. C'était un grand risque! J'ai fait beaucoup de place pour les autres gars pour les aider à créer et à s'exprimer et le résultat est remarquable! Nous voulions expérimenter, faire quelque chose d'un peu différent, et de voir ce que chacun est capable de faire... et comme nous avons découvert ... les idées bouillonaient!» Les résultats sont évidents! Ce était une «grande expérience» qui a produit quelque chose bien au-delà de toute attente!

Le groupe sera aussi à Québec à l'Impérial (252 Saint-Joseph Est, Québec • 418-523-3131) le
jeudi 26 février, 2015.

Les billets sont en vente dès maintenant au coût de $59 à $116, disponibles via Admission ainsi qu'à la billetterie de La Tulipe.


1er février 2015
Swans au National
Le groupe rock expérimental de New York Swans sera au National (1220 Ste-Catherine Est, Montréal), le
jeudi 19 février 2015, avec en première partie Xylouris White.

Le spectacle débutera à 20h et les billets sont au coût de $25, disponibles via Admission. Une présentation Blue Skies Turn Black.


February 22, 2015
Neal Morse Band in Montreal - Contest winner!
The Neal Morse band will be in Montreal at La Tulipe (4530 Papineau, Montréal • 514-529-5000) on
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 accompanied by Montreal's Mystery for the opening show!

The contest to win a pair of tickets to the Montreal show
at La Tulipe has now ended, and we have a winner:

Congratulation to
Hugues Provost of St-Jean sur Richelieu who wins the pair of tickets!


Thanks to JLJ Musik in association with ProgMontreal for that great prize, and thanks to all who have participated!


For the first time ever prog icon Neal Morse came into a recording session with his long time friend and collaborator Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette... with NOTHING! He had no prepared material at all. "I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk! I made a lot of room for the other guys to create and express themselves and the result is outstanding! We wanted to experiment, do something a bit different, and see what everyone is capable of...we found out...in SPADES!" The results are obvious! This was a "grand experiment" that produced something far beyond anyone's expectations!

The group will also be in Quebec City at the Impérial (252 Saint-Joseph East, Québec • 418-523-3131) on
Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Tickets are available for the Montreal show at $59 to $116, available through Admission and at the La Tulipe boxoffice.


February 14, 2015
The Wall Theater Experience at Metropolis
Don't miss The Wall Theater Experience at the Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine East) as part of the Montréal en Lumière Festival on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

It’s a recreation that verges on legend-making live adventure: The Wall, the monumental, landmark Pink Floyd album, but also the film, hallucinatory urban tale and psychedelic voyage, brought to life as a vivid visual and aural experience. Staged by the Vikings team since 2011 and seen by over 50,000 fans, this is a never-before-seen production with Sébastien Lacombe incarnating Roger Waters’ vision.

Tickets are $42 to $47, available through Ticketmaster and at the Metropolis boxoffice.


February 1st, 2015
New World Men: A new tribute to Rush
Rush tribute band New World Men will be on
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Loubards (360 Frontenac, Sherbrooke) and on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Pub British (1950 Chemin Du Fer-A-Cheval, Ste-Julie).

The band is composed of François Larouche on guitars, Mathieu Groulx on drums and vocals and Marc Girard on bass and keyboards. Check out their awesome promo video on Youtube!


January 23, 2015
Edgar Froese dies
Edgar Froese, pioneer of electronic music and leader of the legendary band Tangerine Dream, died on January 20 of a sudden pulmonary embolism. On his facebook page, his son Jerome informed us of the sad news: "Dear friends & colleagues, the Captain has left the ship ... I'm very sorry to inform you that my father Edgar Froese passed away on Tuesday afternoon (20th of January) in Vienna. And as you already know: Life plays no encores. Rest in peace Edgar, you will be sadly missed." - Jerome Froese


December 7, 2014
The Tragically Hip In Montreal
Get ready to be fully and completely delighted with Canadian quintet The Tragically Hip celebrating the music of one of their masterpieces and much more with the Fully and Completely North American Tour.

The band will be at the Bell Center in Montreal on
Friday, February 20, 2015, doors 7:00 pm - show: 8:00 pm, tickets are on sale right now $63 to $141.50, available through evenko.ca.


December 7, 2014
Alestorm at Club Soda
Aar Matey, get ready for PIRATEFEST 2015 featuring the Bacon-powered Pirate Core music of Alestorm, accompanied by Swashbuckle and The Dreadcrew of Oddwood on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent Blvd • 514-286-1010).

The show will begin at 8:00 PM and tickets are $21.74 to $26.09 + taxes, available through Gtickets and at the Club Soda boxoffice.


December 13, 2014
Adrian Belew in Laval: A review
A concert review by Robert Dansereau, 13/12/2014
Friday, December 12 at the Salle André-Mathieu, I had the pleasure of seeing The Adrian Belew Power Trio at their best. Kudos to opening act Saul Zonana who offered a captivating one man/guitar show. Then on to the main act. Adrian Belew was accompanied by the wonderful and immensely talented Julie Slick on bass, and the energetic Tobias Ralph on drums. Together, they proceeded to thoroughly entertain us with mind-boggling pieces separated by witty sound effects or brilliant improvisations, and the best part is that you see those incredible musicians interact with exuberance and energy... these guys have a load of fun onstage!
Adrian and company offered us a splendid and generous 2-part show composed of material from Adrian's solos with a most pleasant sprinkling of King Crimson classics, much to the joy of the audience. Among others, he played Walking on Air, Dinosaur, Frame by Frame, Three of a perfect Pair, Elephant Talk, and then he went on to play a simply monumental, blistering version of Indiscipline to close the show. For the encore, he played excerpts of his 2009 album
E. From this consistently brilliant musician, another generous, fun and entertaining performance! Thank you Adrian for your great music and many thanks to my buddy Andre for the invite.


October 27, 2014
Jurassik Rock in Joliette
Tribute band Jurassik Rock will be at the Salle Rolland-Brunelle (20 Saint-Charles-Borromee, Joliette) on Saturday, January 31 2015 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $35, available online through the Salle Rolland-Brunelle boxoffice (450-759-6202).

The band is composed of some of the most popular and talented artists of the Montreal music scene, including Bob St-Laurent on vocals, drums, percussions, electric and acoustic guitars, Martin Levac on vocals, drums, percussions, Sébastien Cloutier on keyboards and vocals, Denis Labrosse on bass, bass pedal, synth, vocals and Dan Mongrain on guitar, vocals. They will bring you on a musical journey to rediscover the great classic rock and prog rock tracks by Yes, Rush, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who and much much more! Here is a great Youtube clip of the band interpreting some epic Focus and Deep Purple


September 28, 2014
Premier Ciel on tour!
Harmonium tribute band Premier Ciel has quite a few shows lined-up all the way to spring 2015!

Here are the upcoming shows:

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - L'Étoile Banque Nationale, Brossard
Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Théâtre Desjardins - CEGEP André Laurendeau, Montréal
Friday, May 1st, 2015 - Grand Théâtre de Québec, Québec
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - Théâtre Banque Nationale, Ville de Saguenay

Seven musicians share the pleasure of playing the music of Harmonium. Proud to be the only official tribute authorized by Serge Fiori himself, the band invites you to celebrate one of the most achieved masterpieces of Québécois music.

The band is composed of Mathieu Grégoire on lead vocals, guitars and flute, Sébastien Cloutier on guitars and vocals, Richard Lanthier on bass, moog Taurus and vocals, Michel Dubeau on wind instruments, Julie Valois on vocals, Fender Rhodes, keyboards and accordion, Guillaume Marchand on keyboards and vocals and Bob St-Laurent on drums, guitar, mandolin and vocals.

Tickets for all these shows are available at the venues' boxoffice and on the Premier Ciel website!


January 13, 2015
The Musical Box in Laval
Montreal's epic Genesis tribute band The Musical Box will be at the Salle André-Mathieu (475, boul. de l'Avenir, Laval) on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

In the early 1970s, a musical phenomenon would forever mark the world stage and redefine the very concept of the rock concert. It is at the end of 1973 that the British band Genesis began a world tour following the release of their new album Selling England By The Pound. The public witnessed at the time the very first experimental multimedia show, an extraordinary event for the time, which included, in a surreal scenery, costumes, masks, projections, lighting and special effects. The theatrical interpretation of Peter Gabriel along with Genesis' majestic music, truly offered the band at its peak. One of the great moments in rock history, according to experts ... and music lovers.

Internationally acclaimed for their meticulous homage to Genesis, The Musical Box will finally be in Laval to present the album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. Regular tickets are $60 and VIP tickets are $70 available online and at the Salle André-Mathieu boxoffice.


December 13, 2014
No Jacket Required
Martin Levac at Pub British
Come and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Phil Collins' album No jacket Required with Martin Levac and Dance Into The Light at the Pub British (1950, chemin du Fer-à-Cheval, Sainte-Julie) on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Tickets are $20 at the door. For reservations, call 450 649-6669 - limited seating. The full-length album (without the scratches!) will be played live, including Sussudio, One More Night, Take Me Home and many more, including a few surprises!

This is NOT the Dance Into The Light show presented in Quebec, it's a one-time representation of the full album.


November 9, 2014
Black Label Society at the Metropolis
American heavy metal band Black Label Society will be at the Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal) on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM (doors at 6:30 PM), with Hatebreed and Butcher Babies as the opening acts.

Spearheaded by Ozzy's former guitarist Zakk Wylde, the metal monsters will rock the foundations of the Metropolis! Check out this great video of the song Angel of Mercy on Youtube. Tickets are $44.50 to $53.55, available through Ticketmaster or at the Metropolis boxoffice.


December 19, 2014
Opeth and In Flames at the Metropolis
This December, Opeth and In Flames will embark on a co-headlining string of dates with Red Fang as direct support. Two of Sweden’s finest metal acts, with the added bonus of american group Red Fang on the bill, this will definitively be the best prog metal show of the year!

The show will be held on
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Metropolis (59 Rue Sainte-Catherine East, Montreal).

"We are delighted to return to North America to tour our latest album
Pale Communion," says Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt. "This will be the first of two North American Tours and the fact that we are teaming up with our old friends In Flames for this co-headline tour means that we can get to play some large venues and present our new stage show." Opeth's highly anticipated 11th album is set for an August 26 release date. In Flames will also be supporting their 11th record, Siren Charms while touring with Opeth. Siren Charms will hit fans on Sept. 9.

The show will begin at 7:30 (doors at 6:30) and tickets are $47.30, available through Ticketmaster or at the Metropolis boxoffice.


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