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February 22, 2020
Stick Men in Montreal: Win tickets!
Stick Men will be back in Montreal at the Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent Blvd.) on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The bold and adventurous trio featuring Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter will play music from their six brilliant studio albums.

And thanks to Rubin Fogel Production in association with ProgMontreal, here's your chance to win a pair of tickets for their Club Soda show!

Visit our Contest page and participate!

"Stick Men is a band like no other. Admittedly, this is an overused description, but it is the only way to describe the band properly. Over the backdrop of intricate electroacoustic percussive soundscapes composed by drummer Pat Mastelotto (Mr. Mister, King Crimson, The Rembrandts, XTC, Martin Briley, and several hundred others), their melodic constructions are built only using instruments of the tapping family, masterfully, virtuously and beautifully executed by one of the most celebrated session bassists in the world, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon, Paul Simon, Chuck Mangione, Lou Reed, David Bowie, and several thousand others, and their moms) and one of the most creative composers and producers of the past twenty years, psychologist, musicologist, instrument designer and multi-instrumentalist Markus Reuter (Centrozoon, Europa String Choir, This Fragile Moment, and a over a hundred other genre-defying collaborations). Their music is virtuosic and high-tech, yet spiritual and organic. Deeply complex, yet beautifully sensible. Abrasively rocking, yet soothingly melodic. It is progressive music, and it is rock music, but it is not Prog-Rock in the dinosauric sense of the genre. The sum is much, much larger than the parts. They achieve what few other bands in the art-rock realm achieve in this post-modern, post-truth era: Resonance."
- B.F. Quiroga

Members of Stick Men have recorded on albums that have sold over 200 million records worldwide and the individual members have played collectively in countless projects over the past five decades, in more that 90 countries.

Tickets are $39 (+ taxes), available through and at the Club Soda Box Office, 514-286-1010 and

February 21, 2020
Big Big Train in Montreal
The renowned prog band Big Big Train will make a stop in Montreal as part of their North-American tour on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Théâtre Corona (2490 Notre-Dame West, Montreal), with special guest IZZ.

Big Big Train is an English progressive rock band that was founded in 1990. Based in Bournemouth, England, the core band members are songwriter Gregory Spawton and producer Andy Poole.

Their first album, Goodbye To The Age of Steam was released in 1994 and was co-produced by Martin Orford of IQ. Age of Steam established the typical melancholy BBT sound influenced by progressive rock from the mid and early 1970s.

After two releases which were slightly more commercially orientated, BBT went back to their roots in 2004 and released a concept album called Gathering Speed. This album featured layers of 12-string guitar and Mellotron and also hints at a growing post rock influence. Whilst arguably more derivative than some of their earlier releases, Gathering Speed was a very assured album and was critically well received.

With a new singer, Sean Filkins, and with Steve Hughes back on drums after stints with The Enid and Kino, BBT have recently released their fifth album, The Difference Machine, which features performances from Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Genesis, Tears for Fears); Dave Meros (Spock's Beard) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Transatlantic, Kino).

Doors at 6:45 PM, show at 7:45 PM. Tickets are $70, available through evenko.

February 18, 2020
Vecteur K in Montréal
The Vecteur K prog band will present a show at Le Barfly pub (4062 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal) on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

The group will share the stage with Jean-Paul De Roover & the Bandaid Solution. The evening begins at 8:00 PM Entrance $10 at the door.

February 17, 2020
Opeth in Montreal - Canceled
The Opeth show that was to be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Metropolis MTelus (59 Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal) as part of the In Cauda Venenum North American Tour, has been canceled, Mikael Åkerfeldt has developed an acute laryngitis and had to cancel the entire Canadian tour.

Tickets will be reimbursed at point of purchase, but the band has commited to reschedule the shows as soon as possible!

February 11, 2020
The Australian Pink Floyd in Laval
The Australian Pink Floyd show is coming back and will stop at Place Bell in Laval on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 8PM.

The "All That You Feel" tour will feature material from
Meddle, Dark Side, Animals, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and more!

Tickets will go on sale Friday Feb. 14 at 10:00 AM on

February 11, 2020
King Crimson with the Zappa Band
King Crimson will be back in North America in 2020 for their "We Paint Electric Rhythm Colour 2020" tour.

This summer, King Crimson and an ensemble consisting of alumni from Frank Zappa’s band will join forces for a tour of North America. An announcement on KC’s website notes the tour will span six weeks in June and early July. So far, just one concert of the run has been confirmed.

King Crimson and the Zappa band will play Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia on June 30. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. according to the venue.

Guitarist Mike Keneally revealed he will be joined in the Zappa band by fellow FZ alums bassist Scott Thunes, guitarist Ray White and multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin as well as Zappa Plays Zappa drummer Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers — the musicians who participated in the Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa tour, aka the Hologram Tour. A report indicates former Zappa Plays Zappa guitarist Jamie Kime will also be part of the Zappa band. Full details and tour dates are expected soon. (source: JamBase)

February 11, 2020
Megadeth and Lamb of God on tour
Megadeth and Lamb of God will team up for a co-headlining tour of North America and will be at the Place Bell in Laval on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The heavy metal duo will be supported by Trivium and In Flames.

The tour will also stop on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Videotron Centre in Quebec City. Tickets on sale Feb. 14 at 10:00 AM.

February 11, 2020
Roger Waters at the Centre Bell
Pink Floyd's legendary bassist/composer Roger Waters will return to Montreal at the Centre Bell on
Thursday July 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm to present his new tour "This is not a Drill".

“It’ll be a new show. It will be no-holds-barred. My work is to think, ‘Well, how can I make rock & roll more interesting or theatrical or exciting or visual or musical or whatever?’ That’s what I’ve spent the last 50 years doing, expressing myself,” said Roger Waters.

Tickets are $64 to $425, available through evenko

February 11, 2020
Rammstein at the Parc Jean Drapeau
The flamboyant German metal band Rammstein will be on the big stage of Parc Jean Drapeau on Thursday August 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM Tickets are $120, available through evenko.

February 4, 2020
Terra Incognita 2020 in Quebec City!
The Terra Incognita festival is back for its 16th year at the Centre d'art La Chapelle (620 Plante Avenue, Quebec City) on May 15 and 16 and 17, 2020!

Here is the band schedule for Terra Incognita 2020:

Friday May 15
Isproject (Italy)
intimate concert - first appearance in North America
35 Tapes
(Norway) First concert in North America
Anekdoten (Sweden)
25th anniversary concert of the release of
Nucleus. Nucleus will be played in its entirety plus tracks from Vemod

Saturday May 16
4:20 PM Isproject (Italy)
4.45 PM Sintonia Distorta (Italy)
first concert in North America
7:30 PM Professor Tip Top (Norway)
first concert in North America
9.30 PM Anekdoten (Sweden)
career overview show

Sunday, May 17
4:20 PM Isproject (Italy)
4:45 PM Heads with Wings (United States)
first concert in Canada
7:30 PM Quel Che disse Il Tuono (Italy)
first concert in North America)
9:30 PM La Maschera di Cera (Italy)
The group will launch a new album at the festival, a world premiere

Tickets on sale now!

January 29, 2020
The Camera Eye - Tribute to Rush
The group The Camera Eye - Tribute to Rush will present a show at Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent, Montreal) on Sunday February 23, 2020 at 8 PM, with opening act Space Farm (tribute to Primus).

Since 2009, this Tribute to Rush has been touring throughout the province. Faithful to the original formation with a Bassist/keyboardist/singer, a guitarist and a drummer. The Camera Eye recreates the illusion of a show by the Canadian group RUSH. Gigantic drums, double-neck guitars, video projections… EVERYTHING is there to create the illusion.Take the musical elements of these two shows, add the biggest hits of RUSH and you have an overview of your evening menu with The Camera Eye.

Tickets on sale through

January 2, 2020
Prog Story back in Montreal
Prog Story will be back in Montreal on
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Salle Émile Legault (613 Avenue Sainte-Croix, CEGEP Saint-Laurent).

Back by popular demand, the incredible musical extravaganza Prog Story will be back in town. For 2020, Prog Story will be getting a makeover with a new show. The production, direction and crew have been reworked.

Prog Story presents an original concept retracing the best moments of British progressive rock from the 70s in music and images. On the menu are classics from Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Gentle Giant.

The production is composed of a talented team of eight musicians and singers selected from the Quebec elite.

Prog Story is a unique event, a tale of the history of progressive rock, offering you majestic musical highlights enhanced by images and exclusive interviews with important actors of that era.

Come relive the best of Progressive Rock from the 70s. Tickets are $50, available through JLCMusik.

January 2, 2020
PIGS: Canada's Pink Floyd at the Rialto
Ghostfinger Productions presents PIGS: Canada's Pink Floyd In The Flesh Tour 2019 on
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Théâtre Rialto (5723 Park Ave, Montreal).

PIGS: Canada's Pink Floyd are hitting the road in the spring of 2020 to thrill audiences across North America on their In The Flesh Tour. PIGS deliver the music of one of the greatest bands of all time with exacting precision certain to delight and amaze every Pink Floyd fanatic. Performing many favourites from The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals along with other classic cuts and rarities from Meddle to The Division Bell, this show is not to be missed!

Show at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through the Rialto boxoffice.

February 11, 2020
Roger Hodgson at the Place des Arts
Roger Hodgson, ex-singer/multi-instrumentalist and lead composer of Supertramp, will be at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of the Place des Arts on
Tuesday, December 1st 2020 and Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Latest news, a thirs show has been added on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

One of the most recognizable voices in rock history, Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson is one of the most gifted songwriters and lyricists of our time. As the legendary composer of many of Supertramp’s greatest hits, he gave us Give a Little Bit, The Logical Song, Dreamer, Take the Long Way Home, Breakfast in America, It’s Raining Again, School, Fool’s Overture and so many others that have become the soundtrack of our lives. Hodgson co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969 and was with them for 14 years. The 2020 Breakfast in America World Tour celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Breakfast in America album, which was released back in 1979.

Tickets available through the Place des Arts box office. A Donald K. Donald production.

January 27, 2020
Dennis DeYoung celebrates The Grand Illusion's 40th!
The former leader of the famous American group Styx, Dennis DeYoung, will be at Théâtre St-Denis (1594 St. Denis Street, Montreal) on
Saturday, May 2, 2020 as part of his Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary tour. The saturday May 2 show is sold out, a new show has been added on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Tickets on sale right now!

The complete album will be performed by Dennis and his band, as well a many fan favorites! Upon arrival at the theater, all ticket holders will receive a copy of his new studio album "26 East". This is Dennis' first show in Montreal since 2013.

In 1977, the history of music was marked by the release of the album
The Grand Illusion. To celebrate the story of Dennis Deyoung and the music of Styx, they will perform in their entirety the cult album as well as many top ten hitas like Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time On My Hands, Best Of Times, Mr. Roboto and classic Rock Hymns like Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue and many more.

Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead singer and songwriter of seven of the band's eight Top Ten songs. Dennis is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning more than 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in today's music world and continues to inspire new generations of admirers.

Dennis DeYoung's new album, 26 East Volume 1, which each ticket holder will receive at the St-Denis Theater, will be released on April 10 on the Frontiers Records label, and will feature the duet with Julian Lennon The Good Old Days. The title 26 East represents the birthplace of Styx. 26 East 101st Place was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, south of Chicago.

Tickets on sale this Friday, December 13 at 10am, available at $60 to $110 through the Théâtre St-Denis box office. A Rubin Fogel production.

December 8, 2019
RIO band Present working on a new album
Great news from the folks of the band Present, but they will need your help to make it happen!

The Belgian progressive rock band Present will be working on the production of its 10th album over the course of 2020. Collective rehearsals and studio recording sessions will take place in Brussels in February 2020. The studio mixing work will then be performed in Tel Aviv by Udi Koomran, sound engineer of the group, over a period of about 2 months.

The album will be released and distributed worldwide by the label Cuneiform Records (USA) during November 2020.

Present is a progressive Belgian music group founded in 1979 by composer / guitarist Roger Trigaux. Roger was one of the founding members of Univers Zero and was a significant contributor to the band's first two albums. After Heresie (1979), he left Univers Zero to fully dedicate himself to his own musical vision and to form Present. Cultivating dark and hypnotic atmospheres (see the mythical Promenade Au Fond d'un Canal), at the crossroads of chamber rock and Crimsonian progressive, Present has experienced since his reactivation a second Golden Age, made concrete by the current line-up enriched with brass and strings, and which features in its ranks American drummer Dave Kerman, a true legend of the international avant-prog.

Here is the lineup of the upcoming Present project:

Roger Trigaux | composition, keyboards, vocal
François Mignot | guitars
Dave Kerman | drums
Pierre Chevalier | piano, keyboards, composition
Keith Macksoud | bass
Kurt Budé | clarinet, saxophone
Liesbeth Lambrecht | violin
Udi Koomran | sound recording, mix

The crowdfunding aims at covering a third of the total project cost, which is estimated at 12,000 euros. The production and the distribution of the album will be done by the label.

The crowdfunding will allow the band to organize the musicians' travels to Belgium (from USA, ISRAEL, SWITZERLAND, FRANCE) and their accommodation on location and to finance the 12 days of recording in Brussels in February 2020. If the initial goal is exceeded, the extra funds will be allocated to the 2 months of mixing work that will take place during the spring of 2020 in Tel Aviv. They could also cover the possible participation of guest musicians to the album.

A series of concerts, currently under negotiation, will take place in Europe (Belgium, France, Germany) to present this new work of the band, and who know, maybe this side of the pond also!

November 23, 2019
Apocalyptica at the MTelus Metropolis
Heavy MTL presents Apocalyptica on
Saturday, May 23, 2020 at MTelus Metropolis (59 Sainte-Catherine Street East, Montreal) with special guest Lacuna Coil.

The Finnish symphonic metal band will present music from their latest album
Cell-O, which will be released in January 2020.

All ages general admission show. Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $49 to $131, available through evenko.

November 23, 2019
Devin Townsend at the Corona - New added show
Canadian Metal hero Devin Townsend will be at the Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame Street West) on
Friday, February 28, 2020, accompanied by british prog band Haken and american prog metal band The Contortionist.

Update: The Friday show is sold out, and due to popular demand, a second show has been added on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Tickets available through evenko!

Devin will present new music from his latest album Empath, as well as many of his classic tracks and fan favorites.

Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM. General admission tickets are $49, available through evenko.

29 octobre 2019
Pendragon à Montréal
Legendary neo-progressive rock band Pendragon will be in Montreal for the very first time on
Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Théâtre Plaza (6505 St-Hubert Street, Montreal).

In addition to an overview of their vast repertoire, Pendragon will take this opportunity to present new music from their latest album Love Over Fear, which will be released in February 2020.

Tickets for this show are available through La Métropole du Prog.

October 16, 2019
Dweezil Zappa in Montreal
Dweezil Zappa will be in Montreal to present his “Hot Rats Live! + Other Hot Stuff 1969” tour, on
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Théâtre Corona (2490 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal)

Dweezil announces: "Hot Rats Live is kicking into High Gear! We are getting ready for reharsals to begin! We are playing the entire Hot Rats album in sequence and a bunch of other cool stuff too. Songs we've never played!"

Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets on sale Friday, Oct. 18th at 10 AM through evenko.

September 29, 2019
The Flower Kings at Théâtre Plaza
JLC Musik Productions presents The Flower Kings at the Théâtre Plaza (6505 Saint-Hubert Street, Montreal) on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

The Flower Kings will be back in Montreal to support the release of their latest album Waiting for Miracles.

Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM. General admission tickets are $55, available through

August 7, 2016
Down memory lane: the FMPM archive page
From 2006 to 2014, a bunch of friends comprised of Stephen Takacsy, Sean McFee, Luc Maltais, Pascal Globensky, Michel St-Père, Glen Bourgeois, Nadine Benny, Gerald Laurion, Kim Zimmer and I had the pleasure of organizing wonderful musical events featuring some of the greatest prog artists of our times. Countless others made this decade-long adventure possible! You'll find on the FMPM archive page a chronological summary of all the events.

May 3, 2015
Prog rock on NOCK ROCK!
Don't miss every Wednesday at 8:00 PM the bilingual Montreal progressive music show PROG CORE LIVE with your hosts Denis Champagne and Pierre Lemoyne, where you'll find reviews and interviews with the latest and coolest prog music artists from all around the world. Catch 'em on MixCloud live, or later through their Podcasts and check out their Facebook page!


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