Archives for the year 2017

January 24, 2017
Despised Icon at the Corona
Montreal's very own metal giants Despised Icon will be in Montreal on
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at the Corona Theatre, accompanied by Chelsea Grin, Ice Nine Kills, Gideon and Enterprise Earth!

Doors at 5:30 PM, show begins at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $32.50 to $38, available Jan. 27 at 10:00 AM through evenko or at the Corona Theatre boxoffice.

March 5, 2017
Kreator at Club Soda
Metal monsters Kreator will be at the Club Soda (1225, boul. St-Laurent, Montréal) on
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 as part of the Decibel tour, accompanied by Obituary, Midnight and Horrendous.

Show at 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM). Tickets are $41.75 to $45.75, available online and at the Club Soda boxoffice.

January 31, 2017
John Wetton dies at 67
Legendary bassist/vocalist and FMPM alumni John Wetton passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The bassist and frontman for Asia as well as a former member of King Crimson and UK, has died at the age of 67 after a long and brave battle with cancer. John's last visits in Montreal were in 2011 with Asia, in 2012 again with Asia and UK and in 2013 with UK.

Here is Carl Palmer's statement on the passing of his friend: "With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant. John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of asia to the top of the charts around the world. His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to many who have also fought that battle. For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle against cancer was a further inspiration. I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend." - Carl Palmer- January 31, 2017.

December 26, 2016
Bryan Ferry at Théâtre St-Denis
Glam Rock legend and lead singer of Roxy Music Bryan Ferry will be at Théâtre St-Denis (1594 St-Denis Street, Montreal) on Monday, April 3, 2017.

From his earliest recordings with Roxy Music at the beginning of the 1970s, Bryan Ferry has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative artists to emerge in popular music. In his work you hear a vocal and lyrical brilliance that merges the intensity of Lou Reed, the poise of Sinatra and the charisma of Serge Gainsbourg. But then there is something extra - a verve and performance so ultra-modern that it continually breaks new ground.

Avonmore, Ferry's fourteenth solo album, was hailed by fans and critics alike as a modern classic in the tradition of Another Time Another Place and Boys and Girls. Quintessential Ferry, the musical mood of Avonmore was racing, edgy, brooding, cinematic. The album’s mix of emotional urgency and darkling intensity was brilliantly sustained, in both original compositions such as Soldier of Fortune (co-written with Johnny Marr), Lost and Loop de Li as well as bravura interpretations of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns and Johnny and Mary by Robert Palmer. Thrillingly modern, utterly assured, Avonmore demonstrated all of the qualities that have made Bryan Ferry’s writing, arranging and vocal genius so iconic – tirelessly innovative, uniquely enthralling.

The show starts at 8:00 PM and tickets are $99.50, available online and at the Théâtre St-Denis box office.

December 24, 2016
Alestorm at the Corona
The Pirate Metal core band Alestorm will be in Montreal on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Théâtre Corona (2490 Notre-Dame street West) accompanied by the bands Aether Realm and Distoriam. Make-up date for their canceled show last October, the tickets are $29, available online and at the Corona box office. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm.

November 13, 2016
Amorphis at Foufounes
The Finnish duo of metal bands Amorphis and Swallow the Sun will be in Montreal on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Foufounes Électriques (87 Ste-Catherine Street East). Do not miss this St. Patrick's Day Metal event!

Check out the excellent video of Sacrifice by Amorphis.

Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 7:00 PM. Tickets available through Ticketfly and cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door (VIP package at $65). Tickets are also available at the boxoffice of Foufounes.

October 3, 2016
IQ back in Quebec City
Following the success of their last visit in 2015, the English progressive rock band IQ will return to Quebec on
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8:00 PM at the Salle Jean-Paul Tardif (950, avenue Joffre, Quebec City). The English group will present many classics that marked their long career.

With Marillion, IQ is one of the pioneers of the neo-prog movement, which began in the early 80's IQ's debut album,
Tales from the Lush Attic, was released in 1983. Compared to Genesis at the beginning, IQ reached its maturity in 1993 with the album Ever, with a refined and personalized sound.

The sound quality of IQ albums has always been outstanding and in constant evolution.
Road of Bones, their tenth studio album, is considered by many music critics as the best progressive rock album of 2014.

IQ consists of Peter Nicholls (vocals), Mike Holmes (guitar), Paul Cook (drums), Tim Essau (bass) and Neil Durant (Keyboards). Tickets for the IQ show in Quebec City are available through

February 10, 2017
SO - Projet Gabriel back in Montreal
Fans of Peter Gabriel, the amazing SO - Projet Gabriel tribute band will be
at the Cabaret Lion D'or (1676 Ontario Street East) on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Show begins à 8:00 PM and tickets are $28.63, available on

The band will also play
Salle Jean-Paul Tardif in Quebec City on Friday, March 24, 2017.

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!
SO - Projet Gabriel is:
Marc Léveillé (vocals, piano, percussion, musical direction)
Marie-Claude Marchand (vocals, percussions)
Charles Bellerose (bass, Chapman Stick, vocals)
François Corriveau (drums, percussion)
Daniel Marsolais (guitar, vocals)
Guy Charbonneau (keyboards, programmation)

A festive evening high in rhythms and emotions, combining world music, rock and pop: this is what So - Projet Gabriel invites you to!

December 26, 2016
The Tea Party at the Metropolis
Canadian band The Tea Party will be at the Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal) on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM accompanied by the band The Road Heavy.

In 1997, Canadian rockers The Tea Party released their fourth studio LP
Transmission, which went on to reach double platinum status in the country, hit No. 3 on the Canadian charts and earn the band a Juno nomination.

Twenty years on from its release, the band have revealed plans for a 30+ date anniversary tour beginning in February which will see the band perform
Transmission in its entirety. Following the front-to-back album performance, The Tea Party will play a selection of their greatest hits.

Tickets: $38 in advance / $43 day of show, available online and at the Metropolis box office.

December 26, 2016
Premier Ciel presents L'Heptade
Harmonium tribute band Premier Ciel will be at Théâtre Outremont on Tuesday, February 28 2017 and Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 to present L’Heptade – L’héritage musical d’Harmonium, in partnership with Montréal en Lumière.

To celebrate the release of Harmonium’s
L’Heptade XL, revisited and remixed by Serge Fiori and Louis Valois, Premier Ciel presents L’Heptade. Released in 1976, L’Heptade is a real flagship album in Quebec’s music scene ! Rediscover this magistral body of work. Inspired by the live versions recorded on the Harmonium en tournée album, Premier ciel plays the entire version of L’Heptade, followed by several titles from the first two albums of the legendary group.

Shows begin at 8:00 PM, tickets are $47.50, available online and at the Outremont box office.

The band will also perform in Sherbrooke and Quebec City:
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Théâtre Granada (53 Wellington Street North, Sherbrooke)
Box office - 819-565-5656 ext. 221
Friday 3 March 2017 - 8:00 pm
L'Impérial Bell (252 St-Joseph Street East, Quebec city)
Box Office - 1-877-523-3131

December 24, 2016
Uli Jon Roth in Montreal
The German metal guitarist and Scorpions lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth will be at COOP Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent, Montreal) on
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 to present his TOKYO TAPES REVISITED tour, accompanied by the opening bands Heaven's Cry and AraPacis.

The show will start at 7:00 PM and tickets are $25, available through the Apocalypse-Metal website

February 10, 2017
Pain Of Salvation at Café Campus
JLC Musik and District 7 Production present the Swedish Progressive-Metal group Pain of Salvation at Café Campus (57 Prince Arthur East, Montreal) on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Tickets are $34, available right now through the Café Campus website.

Pain of Salvation will release their new album, In The Passing Light of Day on January 13th.

The music of Pain of Salvation focuses on the energetic guitar rhythms and the wide-ranging voice of their leader, Daniel Gildenlöw. Their compositions combine emotion with a great technical mastery, in terms of instrument, rhythm or harmony.

Pain of Salvation will also perform in Quebec City at Le Cercle (228 St. Joseph Street East, Quebec city) on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 8:00 pm, tickets for that show available now for $39. The group's North American tour will stop in a dozen cities.

The live performances of Pain of Salvation are always rich in emotions. The most demanding fans will be satisfied.

November 1st, 2016
Martin Levac's plays Phil Collins B-Sides
You know all the Phil Collins songs? Been to Martin Levac's "Dance Into The Light" show? You want more?

Martin Levac presents a unique show with Phil Collins' "B-Sides" where you will discover the lesser known songs of the British singer's repertoire. Only one show in Montreal, at Le Petit Outremont (1248, rue Bernard, Montreal) on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $40, available through the Outremont boxoffice. Martin will aslo be in Quebec City on February 18, 2017.

In an intimate atmosphere and accompanied musicians François Larouche on bass, André Lavergne on guitar and Mathieu Groulx on drums, Martin Levac presents Phil Collins' B-sides.

September 8, 2016
Saga in St-Hyacinthe
Canadian proggers Saga will be at the Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde in St-Hyacinthe on
Thursday, February 23, 2017.

With more than 22 studio albums to their name, including the legendary Worlds Apart, Heads or Tales and Silent Knight, Saga is one of the most renowned and prolific Canadian progressive rock bands. The group is composed of Michael Sadler, Ian Crichton, Jim Crichton, Jim Gilmour and Mike Thorne.

Doors at 7:30 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $56.15, available through Admission, or at the Centre des Arts boxoffice.

January 17, 2017
Jeepsters in Brossard
David Bowie's tribute band The Jeepsters will be at Club Dix30 in Brossard on
Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Heavily influenced by David Bowie's music at an early age, these five musicians, all veterans of the rock scene, are inspired by Bowie in the Ziggy Stardust era, and revisit the "post-ziggy" material with the same energy as the "Spiders from mars".

This is not merely a tribute act, but a rock-solid band with a singer, whose voice is reminiscent of the master, celebrating Glam-style with more than 25 songs by the late great David Bowie ... "Without a doubt, Bowie is part of the genetic code of the Jeepsters. "

Show at 8pm. Regular tickets are priced at $ 25.75, available through Admission, Reserved Seats, 18+. Details at

September 25, 2016
Neal Morse in Montreal
Progressive rock icon Neal Morse (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic) will be at the Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent, Montreal) on
Tuesday, January 31, 2017. The prolific singer and multi-instrumentalist will present music from his upcoming album The Similitude of a Dream.

Neal Morse is also a dominant figure in two other musical groups. In 2000 he formed the progressive rock supergroup Transatlantic along with Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater). Neal Morse is also part of the group Flying Colors. In 1992, Neal Morse founded with his brother Alan the band Spock's Beard, which quickly became one of the most respected modern rock-progressive bands with their first album
The Light. He left the group in 2002 to focus on his solo career.

The music of Neal Morse is known for being eclectic, energetic and rich vocal harmonies. The Neal Morse band consists of Randy George on bass, Eric Gillette on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Bill Hubauer on keyboards, violin and saxophone), and ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy.

Doors at 7:00 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $52, available online, or at the Club Soda boxoffice.

January 22, 2017
Huis in Montreal: Contest winner
Montreal prog band Huis will be in Montreal on
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM at Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur Street East, Montreal) with opening act Julien Vachon. Tickets are $20, now available through the Café Campus website.

The contest for the pair of tickets to the Montreal show has ended.

Congratulations to Donald Chapados of Montreal!

Thanks to Huis for the great prize, and thanks to all who have participated!

Huis is a prog rock group from Montreal formed in 2010 by Michel Joncas (bass, keyboards) and Pascal Lapierre (keyboards) as they were writing what would become their first album, Despite Guardian Angels. During the creative process, they enlisted the services of William Regnier (drums and percussion), Sylvain Descôteaux (vocals and keyboards) and Michel St-Père (guitars), the renowned leader of the band Mystery. Their first effort was acclaimed both by critics and fans worldwide.

After the release of the first album, Pascal Lapierre had to leave the group for family reasons and would ultimately be replaced by Johnny Maz in the fall of 2015. On May 1st 2016, the group launched its second album,
Neither in Heaven. This is a concept album featuring over 60 minutes of music that explored new musical horizons while maintaining the classical sound of the group. For this album, the group called upon some famous guest musicians including Gerben Klazinga, keyboardist of the Dutch group Knight Area. Huis will deliver its first European performance in 2017 as the group has been invited to play at Progdreams festival in Zoetermeer on March 4 in the company of Frost*, Karnataka and Barock Project.

Julien Vachon (formerly of HERE & Wireless Blue) is a singer-songwriter from Montreal. Having a strong appreciation for progressive rock, he writes music reminiscent of artists such as Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Riverside, while avoiding the infectious cynicism of these influences. With two EPs under his belt and a third in preparation, he has an active year ahead of him, including the release of an album. Visit for excerpts!

Quebec City:
Huis will also be playing at Le Cercle (228 rue St-Joseph East, Quebec City) on Friday, January 27, 2017, with opening act Julien Vachon. Doors at 7:00 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $23, available through the Cercle's boxoffice.

And finally, the band just announced a show in Ottawa on
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Centre des Arts Shenkman Arts Centre, with opening band Spyral Jones. Show at 7:30 PM, tickets available through

November 13, 2016
Alcest back in Montréal
The French alt metal group Alcest will be at Foufounes Électriques (87 Ste-Catherine East) on Friday, January 20, 2017 accompanied by the bands The Body and Creepers.

The show will start at 9:00 PM and tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available through Ticketfly.


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