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NEW: THE FLOWER KINGS AND ALL SHOWS IN APRIL AND MAY CANCELLED

March 23, 2020
COVID-19 Show cancellations: update
As the COVID-19 pandemic gets more and more serious throughout the world, it is safe to predict that all shows in March, April, May and even June, are officially cancelled. Hopefully many will eventually be rescheduled when things get back somewhat to normal, but for now, please consider that all shows and tickets contests on this list are postponed/cancelled until further notice.

First confirmed cancellation is the Flower Kings show at the Plaza on
Saturday, April 4, from the Royal Gardener himself, Roine Stolt. Many more shows will be cancelled or postponed, but promoters are waiting for tentative rescheduling dates and venue availability to make announcements.

Stay tuned, we will update the info on this site as soon as we get confirmations.



March 14, 2020
The Flower Kings at Théâtre Plaza: Cancelled
The Flower Kings that was to be held at Théâtre Plaza (6505 Saint-Hubert Street, Montreal) on Saturday, April 4, 2020 has been cancelled. The promoters will try to reschedule the show and will announce details imminently. Stay tuned for more details.



March 23, 2020
Prog Story back in Montreal - postponed.



March 23, 2020
PIGS: Canada's Pink Floyd at the Rialto : postponed



March 23, 2020
Stick Men in Montreal: Show and contest postponed!



March 23, 2020
Apocalyptica at the MTelus Metropolis: postponed



March 23, 2020
Pendragon à Montréal: postponed



March 9, 2020
King Crimson with the Zappa Band in Montreal
King Crimson will be back in Montreal on Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts, with special guest The Zappa Band opening the show.

The legendary band that defined the concept of progressive rock is currently composed of Robert Fripp, Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Jakko Jaksyk, Jeremy Stacey and Gavin Harrison.

The group's three-hour concerts regularly include material from twelve of its thirteen albums, including many songs from the revolutionary 1969 album,
In The Court of the Crimson King, which Pete Townshend describes as a "unequaled masterpiece". The new ensemble of eight musicians performs a large number of historic tracks never performed in concert by King Crimson, as well as new arrangements of classics; "Music is new every time it is written." Without forgetting new instrumental pieces and songs, as well as the compositions of the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, which are always a strong point. A unique show, where eight of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or ornament.

The first part of the show, The Zappa Band is composed of former members of the original team of the Frank Zappa band. The group is made up of Ray White (lead singer, guitar), Mike Keneally (guitar, keyboards, voice), Scott Thunes (bass) and Robert Martin (keyboard, saxophone, voice). Former Zappa Plays members Zappa Jamie Kime (guitar) and Zappa archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers (drums, voice) also joined the group. Together, they will perform a selection of the classics while also offering you new and rare Zappa compositions. It is the ultimate group of Zappa alumni, in partnership with the Zappa Trust. This is the perfect opportunity to discover these virtuosos!

Tickets on sale this Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m., and are $200, $140, $100, $80, and $65 (taxes included / service fees not included) available at the Place des Arts box office, at (514) 842-2112 and through placedesarts.com



February 29, 2020
Kraftwerk at Osheaga
Legendary electronica giants Kraftwerk will be part of the Osheaga Festival lineup on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 as part of their 3-D Summer North American Tour 2020 to celebrate their 50th Anniversary! General admission 1-day passes are $142.50, Gold passes are $243.50, available through Osheaga.



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.

The band includes Nick D'Virgilio, Rikard Sjöblom (Beardfish), Dave Gregory (XTC), and Dave Lawson on lead vocals, 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 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 evenko.ca



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 DGMLive.com 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!




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.



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.



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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