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January 10, 2018
Protest The Hero in Montreal
Protest The Hero will be in Montreal at La Tulipe (4530 avenue Papineau, Montreal) on
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
 
The canadian prog-metal band will be touring for the 10th anniversary of the release of their critically acclaimed album
Fortress.
 
Tickets are $29.75, available through Admission and at La Tulipe boxoffice.



January 2, 2018
Huis back at Petit Campus!
Montreal prog band Huis will be in Montreal on
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 8:00 PM at Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur Street East, Montreal) with opening act Julien Vachon. Tickets are $22.40, now available through LePointdeVente.com.
 
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 delivered its first European performance at Progdreams festival in Zoetermeer on March 4 2017 in the company of Frost*, Karnataka and Barock Project. Following that tour, the band started recording its 3rd album, to be released during 2018.
 
Opening act 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. Visit https://julienvachon.bandcamp.com/ for excerpts!
 
Quebec City:
Huis will also be playing at Le Cercle (228 rue St-Joseph East, Quebec City) on
Friday, March 30, 2018, with opening act Julien Vachon. Doors at 7:00 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $21.14, available through LePointdeVente.com.



December 13, 2017
Neal Morse acoustic show in Montreal
JLC Musik presents progressive rock icon Neal Morse in concert in Montréal. The singer, author, composer and multi-instrumentalist will present an acoustic show on
Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Café Campus (57 Prince-Arthur East, Montreal).

This will be a solo performance in which Neal Morse will present music from his new album
Life & Times to be released on February 16th.

Widely considered as one of the greatest progressive rock musicians in the world, this show will be a rare opportunity to see Neal Morse in a more intimate acoustic setting.

Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm, tickets are $38, available through LepointdeVente.com.

Neal will also be at Salle Jean-Paul Tardif in Quebec City on
Wednesday, April 18, 2018.



December 13, 2017
Morse Code in Sherbrooke
Do not miss this unique event; Morse Code - Legacy, on
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Maurice-O'Bready Hall (2500 Université Blvd., Sherbrooke). The legendary Quebec prog rock band lives again!

Michel Vallée, one of the founders of Morse Code, will pay tribute to his old friend and co-founder of Morse Code, Christian Simard, who died last year, with a concert high in emotion.

The new band is composed of Michel Vallée on bass and vocals, Daniel Lemay on guitar, flute and vocals, Gilles Simard on drums, Gilles Beaudoin on keyboards and vocals and Jean Ravel (Rock Story) on vocals.

The group will perform the great anthems of Morse Code including La Marche des Hommes, Procréation, Je suis le temps and D’un Autre Monde.

Show at 8 pm, tickets are $52, available online and through the box office of the Cultural Center of the University of Sherbrooke.



December 3, 2017
Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull in Montreal
One of the giants of progressive rock, Ian Anderson presents: Jethro Tull, 50th Anniversary Tour, at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts, on
Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Rock might not be what it is today without a pioneer of that caliber: Ian Anderson, the voice and flute of Jethro Tull. With thirty albums and thousands of concerts over nearly 5 decades, the illustrious group is taking advantage of its 50th anniversary to offer the Montreal Jazz Fest its very first visit. A concert that promises to be legendary.

Tickets are $88.45 to $123.45, available online and at the Place des Arts box office.



December 3, 2017
Dweezil Zappa in Montreal
Dweezil Zappa, son of the late great Frank Zappa, will be back in Montreal, and despite deep family turmoil, will be presenting an evening of the music of his father with 50 Years of Frank: Dweezil Zappa Plays Whatever the F@%K He Wants, at the Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal) on
Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM, tickets are $50.50 to $82.50, available through evenko or at the Corona Theatre boxoffice.



November 27, 2017
An evening with Sabaton and Kreator!
Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton will be in Montreal, accompanied by german metal band Kreator, on
Friday, March 2, 2018 at the M Telus Metropolis (59, Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal).

Doors at 6:00 PM, show at 7:30 PM, tickets are $41.50 to $45, available through evenko and at the M Telus Metropolis boxoffice.



November 27, 2017
Uriah Heep in Montreal
English rock legends Uriah Heep will be at the Corona Theatre (2490 Notre Dame West, Montreal) on
Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM Tickets are $37.50 to $89.00, available through evenko or at the Corona Theatre boxoffice.



October 30, 2017
Arena in Quebec City!
Progressive rock band Arena will visit the Cegep Garneau Auditorium in Quebec City on
Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Founded in 1995 by keyboardist Clive Nolan (Pendragon), Arena was among the leaders in the neo prog comeback in the 90s. The band is comprised of drummer Mick Pointer (ex-Marillion), guitarist John Mitchell (Frost), singer Paul Manzi and Kylan Amos on bass. Arena's first studio album, Songs from The Lion's Cage, was well received by critics. There were some similarities with Marillion's music at the time. However, later, and especially with the arrival of singer Paul Manzi in 2007, the group has forged its own identity. Arena has eight studio albums. As part of its 2018 tour, the group will celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Visitor album and they will also take the opportunity to present their new album, Double Vision. Arena's last performance in Quebec City was in November 2012 at L'Impérial.

Tickets are $55, available through LePointdeVente.com.



September 18, 2017
An Evening with Steven Wilson at the Olympia
Steven Wilson will be back in Montreal on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Olympia (1004 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal).

"I'm happy to announce a return to the USA & Canada in April and May of next year with my band, and with a new show based on the current album To The Bone. As well as featuring songs from that album there will be favourites from previous tours, as well as some of my older songs that haven't been played by the solo band before. The visual aspects of the show are planned to be on an even higher level than previous tours, and as always the sound will be in quadrophonic." - Steven Wilson

Tickets are $50 to $69.50, available through the Olympia boxoffice.



September 12, 2017
Steve Hackett at la Place des Arts
Steve Hackett will be at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of the Place des Arts in Montreal on
Sunday, February 11, 2018.

The legendary guitarist will rock Place des Arts with solo material and Genesis favourites, including songs not played live in Montreal by a Genesis member since the 1970's

Performing sold out shows in Montreal in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2016, Hackett's current tour entitled GENESIS REVISITED, SOLO GEMS & GTR - 2018 Tour de Force, will span his history, from huge Genesis favourites he co-wrote such as Supper's Ready, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Fountain of Salmacis, Firth of Fifth and The Musical Box, also including songs only recently introduced to the
Genesis Revisited set like One for the Vine and Inside & Out not seen live by many since the 1970s...

His solo set will celebrate 40 years of
Please Don't Touch and will also include special GTR number When The Heart Rules The Mind, with other old favourites and songs from his ground-breaking new album The Night Siren.

Tickets are $59.75 to $ 92.25, on sale through the PDA boxoffice
.



September 6, 2017
Nightwish at the Metropolis
Finnish metal legend Nightwish will be at the Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal) on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, as part of their Decades North America 2018 tour.

Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $88.50 to $94, available through evenko. VIP packages available. To accompany the tour, Nuclear Blast Records will release a 2CD compilation "
Decades" on the 9th of March 2018. On the night of the show, every ticket purchaser will receive a copy of the 2CD as a memento of this unique tour!



June 15, 2017
SO - Projet Gabriel: Summer/Fall dates
Fans of Peter Gabriel, the amazing SO - Projet Gabriel tribute band will be touring throughout Quebec during the Fall/Winter of 2017-18:

Friday, April 6, 2018 : Lachine / L'Entrepôt

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!



26 novembre 2017
Tramp of the Century: New dates!
Montreal's Supertramp tribute band Tramp of the Century has announced more shows throughout 2017-2018:

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Club Dix30, Brossard

Friday, March 30, 2018 - Casino du Lac Leamy, Gatineau

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Capitol de Québec, Quebec City

Tramp of the Century promises to enthrall the diehard fan as well as the simple amateur with their tribute to Supertramp. By the intense rendition of Supertramp's unforgettable music, the fans will rediscover the richness and brilliance of the classic Hodgson and Davies material. Focused on the main era of the two singers/songwriters, the repertoire includes songs from the legendary
Crime of the Century in 1974 to Famous Last Words, the last opus of the original formation: Hide in your Shell, School, Dreamer, Fool's Ouverture, Give a Little Bit, Rudy are only a few of the hits that the fans will witness in one of their concerts. Tramp of the Century unites 6 seasoned musicians, Nicolas Beaudoin on drums, Richard Guérard on vocals and guitar, Charles Bellerose on bass and vocals, Sylvain Auclair on keyboards and vocals, Bernard Baribeau on sax and vocals under the direction of Roger Leclerc on piano and vocals. They are dedicated in delivering Supertramp's music in all its authenticity and in sharing their passion for the sound of Supertramp.



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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