The latest news on concert information, new music and events in the prog community


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.

January 2, 2020
Musical Box back at Place des Arts
Contest Winner!

The Musical Box announces their brand new Genesis Extravaganza tour, Volume 2, and will be at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of the Place des Arts, on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Just announced, a new show has been added at Place Des Arts on Sunday, January 5, 2020! Tickets for that show now available.

The Contest for the pair of tickets has ended and we have a winner:

Congrats to
Normand Furoy of Laval who wins the pair of tickets to the Sunday, Jan. 5 show!

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

In a sequel to their worldwide acclaimed A Genesis Extravaganza, The Musical Box comes back with Volume 2 to offer even more of its live visual signature stunts, a museum-worthy array of vintage instruments and a dizzying pace of iconic tracks and stage rarities. The ultimate journey into the mythic world of Genesis, from 1970 to 1978.

From its unique perspective as only the band ever licenced and supported by Genesis and Peter Gabriel, The Musical Box presents a new, never performed show featuring the music of Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England, Trick of the Tail, Wind & Wuthering, And Then There were Three.

Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $56 to $86, available through the Place des Arts website.

December 12, 2019
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.

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 on sale this Friday, December 13 at 10am, available through the Place des Arts box office. A Donald K. Donald production.

December 12, 2019
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 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 12, 2019
Lazarus Heart at the Casino de Montréal
The Sting/The Police tribute band Lazarus Heart will present a show on
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Casino de Montréal.

The quintet led by Sylvain Auclair is composed of Vincent Duhaime-Perreault, Guillaume Larouche, Sébastien Cloutier and Sébastien Fauville.

Tickets available through the Casino de Montréal box office.

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.

October 8, 2019
Heilung at the Olympia
Heavy Montreal presents Heilung on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Olympia de Montréal (1004 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal).

The Danish experimental metal folk group is made up of members from Denmark, Norway and Germany. Their music is based on texts from artifacts of the Iron Age originated by the Northern European peoples of the Celtic and Viking Age. They describe their music as "amplified history from early medieval northern Europe".

Doors at 6:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets on sale on Oct. 10 via evenko.

October 8, 2019
Epica in Montréal
Heavy Montreal presents the Danish symphonic metal band Epica on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Théâtre Corona (2490 Notre-Dame West, Montreal) with special guests The Agonist and Blackguard.

Epica will present music from their classic album Design Your Universe as part of the album's 10th anniversary tour.

Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $48, available through evenko.

October 3, 2019
Opeth in Montreal
Heavy Montréal presents Opeth, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Metropolis MTelus (59 Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal) as part of the In Cauda Venenum North American Tour, with special guest Graveyard.

Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 8 pm, tickets on sale on Oct. 4 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 21, 2019
Sons of Apollo back at the Corona
The prog supergroup The Sons of Apollo will be back at the Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal) on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7:30 PM with their very special guest TonyMacAlpine.

In early 2017, rumors began circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Finally, on August 1st, the duo revealed the details to the rest of the world, introducing their new band, SONS OF APOLLO. Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian join forces with guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), bassist Billy Sheehan (Niacin, The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force). Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, was released in October 2018 via InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. The band is working on their 2nd album, to be released early next year.

Psychotic Symphony was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

SONS OF APOLLO formed very organically, its seeds planted with a predecessor group, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with Billy Sheehan and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater, and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

Tickets are $48, available through evenko and at the Corona boxoffice. General Admission. A Heavy Montréal production.

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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