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


September 15, 2018
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

Roine Stolt's The Flower King - Manifesto Of An Alchemist : Roine Stolt, known as the guitarist, singer, writer and at times band leader of the groups The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Agents of Mercy, Kaipa DC, as well as from his work with prog icon Jon Anderson and the new super-group The Sea Within, is releasing a new album on the 23rd November 2018. Under the moniker ROINE STOLT’S THE FLOWER KING, Manifesto Of An Alchemist offers 10 songs and almost 70 minutes of playing time celebrating the style Roine is most revered for: progressive rock, richly orchestrated with all the trademark elements from four decades of the genre.

Roine comments: “Unlike many later albums, where recordings have continued over months, this new album has been a fairly quick and effective affair - we started tracking in Holland at the beginning of July and mix was done by mid-August! The songs are written in a very ‘unorthodox’ way - some melodic content and some riffs are ideas that have been circulating for years - some may even be from before the first TFK album - they just hadn’t found a home in any of the bands/albums I did in the last 15 years yet.”

Manifesto Of An Alchemist is a celebration of all the styles that have been part of the colourful, daring and dynamic songwriting and arrangements that Roine masters like no other, yet also offers a more immediate, more hands on approach. “Like that first TFK album, I’m the main lead vocalist here again - it works as these lyrics are important to me and resonate with my view of the world. A lot of the guitar work is actually my spontaneous ‘demo’ guitars and that goes for much of the synth work, too. I didn’t want to ‘process’ ideas too much as there is much power in the initial creation - I wanted to keep it that way.”

The album features a host of other musicians, including long-time collaborators Jonas Reingold, Hasse Froberg & Michael Stolt, as well as fellow The Sea Within member Marco Minnemann, Max Lorentz, Zach Kamins, Rob Townsend & Nad Sylvan.

‘Manifesto Of An Alchemist’ features stunning artwork from Shaun Beyond (, and will arrive as a limited edition CD digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP + CD & as digital download. You can find the full track-listing below:

1. Rainsong
2. Lost America
3. Ze Pawns
4. High Road
5. Rio Grande
6. Next To A Hurricane
7. The Alchemist
8. Baby Angels
9. Six Thirty Wake-Up
10. The Spell Of Money

Available at all good independent record stores including Freeson Rock.

September 15, 2018
Morse Code in Jonquière
One of Quebec's legendary prog bands, Morse Code, will present a show on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at CEGEP de Jonquière's Salle François-Brassard (2505 St-Hubert Street, Jonquière).

The 70's group was the first progressive rock band in Quebec and even in Canada. With seven albums produced between 1972 and 1995, including three in English and four in French, Morse Code has created a place in the hearts of progressive music lovers in Quebec and across Canada.

Since the untimely death of Christian Simard, composer, keyboardist and lead singer of the group, three original members reunited; Michel Vallée on bass and vocals, Daniel Lemay on guitars and vocals, and Gilles Simard on drums, as they have felt the need to revive Christian's music which has marked his era both for his texts that are still relevant and his timeless melodies. To complete the formation, two new members, Jean Ravel on lead vocals, and Gilles Greg Beaudoin on keyboards and vocals, have joined the group to complete the 2018 edition.

The brand new show is a retrospective of the French repertoire, a precious musical legacy to all its fans over the years. All selections taken from the albums La Marche des hommes, Procréation, Je suis le temps and D’un autre monde. You will rediscover classics such as: La Cérémonie de minuit, Qu’est-ce que t’as compris ? Cocktail, Le Pays d'Or, De tous les pays du monde, Je suis le temps, etc.

Show at 8pm. Tickets are $43.25, available through

September 15, 2018
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

The Tangent - Proxy : The Tangent, the progressive rock group led by Andy Tillison, will release their 10th studio album ‘Proxy’ on the 16th November 2018. Recorded during the band's tour with Karmakanic in 2017/18, which saw them with more chances than normal to work together on the record - hotel writing sessions, van discussions, soundcheck ideas - all of which have allowed the band to make an album that is as organic as they have achieved since their formation 15 years ago.

Andy Tillison comments: "Our belief is that Progressive Rock music is still a valid and viable musical form in 2018 and will continue to be so. Our band has always sought to take on board things from the present and add them to that magical mix. We don't claim to be offering the FUTURE. We just claim to be offering one set of possibilities. Ours. Now."

‘Proxy’ is a riot of juxtaposing styles, presented in a really direct manner and despite being firmly rooted in the stylistic traits of the Progressive Rock Genre takes some unexpected turnoffs and a major swerve. The albums kicks off with a trademark Tangent prog fantasia based around growling Hammonds, shrieking Synths, whirling guitars and sharp percussive bass - influences of ELP, Egg, Hatfield & the North, Caravan and Camel proudly worn on their sleeves.

This 16-minute title track eventually becomes a protest song about the continuing wars that share their name with the song. But this album features no overall concept. The second track is a sun-drenched Mediterranean fusion instrumental, more Chick Corea than Che Guevara. And the third track is referred to by the band as an attempt to find the missing link between Porcupine Tree and Jamiroquai. By the time we reach the centrepiece epic track ‘The Adulthood Lie’, the rulebook has been left behind and the band are trying to fix the car with whatever is at hand.

The Tangent came of age some time ago now. After 15 years with a constant presence on the periphery of the scene, this album is the next step on the road from a band who have painstakingly revered and recreated the past, with one eye on the future.

Here's the lineup for the album:

Andy Tillison – Vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Composer
Jonas Reingold (Flower Kings, Steve Hackett Band) – Bass Guitar
Theo Travis (Soft Machine, Travis-Fripp) – Sax & Flute
Luke Machin (Maschine, Francis Dunnery Band) – Guitar
Steve Roberts (ex Magenta, Godsticks) – Drums
With special guest: Göran Edman (Karmakanic/Malmsteen) - Vocals

Available at all good independent record stores including Freeson Rock.

September 2, 2018
Time for Pink Floyd and Hamadryad in St-Eustache
Do not miss the excellent double bill of Time for Pink Floyd and Hamadryad on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at la Petite Église (275 Saint-Eustache Street, Saint-Eustache).

The tribute group Time for Pink Floyd stands out above all for its vocal and musical fidelity, and offers you a show worthy of the famous British band. The repertoire of the group covers a large portion of Pink Floyd's discography. With seven musicians on stage, Time for Pink Floyd will perform favorites of this rock legend.

Hamadryad is difficult to classify, as musical experimentation is still the basic principle of this band. With 5 albums to their credit "tinged with various flavors" and influenced by the many hard rock pioneers of the 70s, their music is still very modern, powerful and definitely always ROCK.

Show at 8pm. Tickets are $24.50, available through Ticketpro and at the box office of the la Petite Église (450) 974-2787.

August 26, 2018
Miriodor plays Signal 9 in Montreal
A rare concert in Montreal for one of the mythical groups of the Rock in Opposition movement, Miriodor will be at Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East, Montreal) on Thursday, September 27, 2018 as part of the PopMontreal festival. The band, composed of Bernard Falaise on guitar, Pascal Globensky on keyboards, Rémi Leclerc on drums and Nicolas Lessard on bass, will play material from their most recent album Signal 9 as well as some selected gems from their vast discography!

Show at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $15 through or $20 at the door on the day of the show.

August 24, 2018
Karcius launches new album
Karcius will be playing in Montreal on Friday September 21, 2018 at Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East, Montreal) for the launch of their latest album, The Fold.

The Fold is a concept album that plays around the idea that what if our perception of reality could be interpreted as a form of dementia...

“At the heart of every living being resides a power that lurks in the deepest corners of our minds. It can alter thoughts, render unconscious and feed on memories” - album prologue.

The Fold is atmospheric, catchy, heavy and adventurous. With its cinematic storytelling approach, the album gives a new scope and a fresh twist to the Prog Rock genre.

According to Simon L’Espérance “Every section of these songs are pictures, scenes and soundscapes. We wanted to create a new setting for our music so we produced the album like a soundtrack. The more the story elaborated, the clearer we understood where it took place and what purpose the characters within this universe served, the more we realized what a unique concept we were holding in our hands. Building it and elaborating it as the deadline came closer.”

This sonically rich production, the attention to detail and its unique concept marks a milestone for Karcius. The Fold will be released on CD, LP and HI-RES audio in August 2018. Also, expect a remixed 5.1 surround special edition for an amazing sonic experience this coming fall. Karcius will also be at the Club Soda on November 22, opening for Gong.

Progressive rock fans who love Porcupine Tree or Pink Floyd, it's for you!

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets available through or $10 at the door.

August 17, 2018
Strawbs in Montreal
The excellent progressive British band Strawbs will be at Club Soda (1225 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal) on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

This legendary band started their career in the 60's as the Strawberry Hill Boys. Their album Hero and Heroine was recently chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best progressive rock albums of all times. Strawbs has gone through the years with their mix of rock, folk and progressive that has charmed audiences in Europe and North America.

After several years of touring, the group launched The Ferryman's Curse in 2017, a first album of original material in eight years. Dave Cousins and his band are back on the road for the last time, with an acoustic and electric concert, before gracefully bowing out. A unique chance to see one of the best British progressive bands of the early 70's!

Tickets for this show are on sale at Club Soda or through

July 28, 2018
Carl Palmer back in Montreal
Legendary drummer Carl Palmer will be at Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent, Montreal) on Sunday, October 14, 2018. The Carl Palmer ELP Legacy trio will present their new show, Emerson Lake and Palmer lives.

Carl Palmer's show is a rereading of Emerson Lake and Palmer's best moments "The pieces have been updated and reinterpreted," says the founding member of ELP and Asia. Among others, the trio will play classics like Pictures at an exhibition and Tarkus.

The other members of the power trio are Simon Fitzpatrick on bass and guitar virtuoso Paul Bielatowicz.

Recognized for his energetic style, the british drummer earned the Virtuoso Award at a ceremony organized by Prog Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine included him in its top ten list of the best rock drummers.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $49, available through and at the Club Soda boxoffice.

September 15, 2018
New World Men on tour
Do not miss the excellent tribute group to Rush, New World Men on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the club Dix30 in Brossard.

here is the list of the shows of the fall/winter 2018/19 tour:
Friday, September 28, 2018 - Sherbrooke - Theatre Granada
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Chicoutimi - Le Cabaret Des Artistes
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Brossard - Club DIX30
Friday, November 23, 2018 - Rimouski - Le Cactus
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - Sept-îles - Salle Jean Marc Dion
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - Quebec City - Centre d'Art La Chapelle

Marc Girard, a world-class sound engineer and accomplished bassist, has realized his dream of creating a tribute to Rush, for no other reason than to have a great time playing great music. New World Men, as you know it, was born from the subsequent jam sessions in early summer 2014 with Frank Larouche and Mathieu Groulx, and the technical and technological limits have been constantly pushed back since then to offer their public an incredible multimedia experience.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $39, available through ticketmaster.

July 19, 2018
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

Riverside - Wasteland : Riverside are pleased to announce that their upcoming seventh studio album Wasteland will be released via their longtime label partner InsideOutMusic on September 28th, 2018.

RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland”:
1. The Day After
2. Acid Rain
3. Vale Of Tears
4. Guardian Angel
5. Lament
6. The Struggle For Survival
7. River Down Below
8. Wasteland
9. The Night Before

Riverside’s Mariusz Duda comments about the album’s overall concept: “I'd been thinking about exploring post-apocalyptic regions for a long time. I read books, watched films, played video games, all connected by stories about an attempt to survive in a world that had just ended. But writing such a story myself didn't make much sense until now. Riverside are starting a new chapter and after our recent experiences, a story like that has gained more meaning. Wasteland is mostly about what's happening in the world these days but it also makes a reference to the tragedy that befell the band in 2016. Musically, we've returned to darker sounds but we have also turned a new page and recorded the album in a different style. It's still Riverside but expressed in a much deeper and more mature way. Most artists say the same thing while promoting their new releases: that they have just created their best work to date. I won't say that because everything we have done so far has been consistently very good and unique. But I will say that we have never had such an incredible emotional load on any of our previous releases, and it's not likely that we will ever make such a charged album again. Wasteland is an epic, multidimensional, poetic and very deep album. Perhaps of the once in a lifetime kind.” The album will once again feature artwork designed by longtime visual partner Travis Smith (Opeth, Devin Townsend, etc.). The new album will be available at all good independent record stores including Freeson Rock.

July 12, 2018
Haken and Leprous in Montreal
Haken and Leprous will be in Montreal on Thursday, November 1st 2018 at L'Astral (305 Ste-Catherine West) with special guest Bent Knee.

Haken and Leprous, two of the most exciting bands in progressive rock today, are pleased to announce they will join forces for a North American co-headline tour in October / November 2018, with InsideOut label-mates Bent Knee as special guests. These will be the first dates in support of Haken's recently completed, forthcoming fifth studio album due out later this year.

Following the release of the bands much-acclaimed fourth studio album 'Affinity', they embarked upon their 10th anniversary tour across Europe & North America. Recorded and filmed on the 13th April 2017, at the legendary Melkweg venue on the Amsterdam stop of that tour, this represents the band's first ever live document with tracks from across the band's discography.

Haken comments: "We've been talking about getting out on the road with our good mates Leprous again since our European jaunt with them back in 2014. Both our bands have gone from strength to strength in terms of our live shows since then, and we're excited to see what they have planned, as well as playing brand new music from our forthcoming album. We're also stoked to have Bent Knee along with us. It sure to be an epic night of music, don't miss it!"

Einar Solberg from Leprous adds: "So it's finally happening! We actually did a tour together once in the UK back in 2014, and we have wanted to do a more comprehensive tour for a long time, but it just never worked out until now. We've been friends with Haken for quite a while, and to tour with them is long overdue. I think this is a great package for most prog fans, as it unites two pretty different approaches to the genre in one evening. And yet, despite our quite different approaches, I know for sure that we share a lot of fans and this package should make for fantastic shows for everyone!"

Show at 8:00 PM, tickets on sale through evenko on Friday, July 13 at noon.

July 10, 2018
Gong at Club Soda
The space rock/progressive band Gong will be at Club Soda on Thursday, November 22, 2018, with Karcius as the opening act.

Gong will be accompanied by renowned British guitarist Steve Hillage. The latter was part of Gong in the seventies and he participated in their most recent album, Rejoice I'm Dead.

Gong is a mix of rock, jazz, progressive and psychedelic music. The band is composed of Fabio Golfetti (guitar), Dave Sturt (bass), Ian East (saxophone and flute), Kravus Torabi (guitar, vocals) and Cheb Nettles (drums).

Fans of madcap progressive rock will have a unforgettable evening.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $47, available through the Club Soda box office.

July 10, 2018
Soen in Montreal
Swedish prog-metal band Soen will be in Montreal on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Foufounes Électriques (87 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal).

Soen is composed of former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, former bassist of Death, Testament and Sadus Steve Di Giorgio, Willowtree singer Joel Ekelöf and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis.

Drummer Martin Lopez described Soen's music as "melodic, heavy, complex and very distinctive".

Featuring the very beautiful song Lucidity, the last album of the band, Lykaia, has been received very well by music critics.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $35, available through

July 10, 2018
Terry Bozzio in Montreal
Legendary drummer Terry Bozzio will be at Club Soda on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 as part of his 2018 Reality Tour.

Terry Bozzio is known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest - as well as film music composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham and Patrick O'Hearn. He is the recipient of a Grammy Award, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer Magazine's Hall of Fame Award, and is one of Rolling Stone's Top 5 Drummers of All Time!

Terry Bozzio is able to be accompanied by complex bass patterns while performing melodic solos with his highly developed coordination skills. Bozzio draws on jazz, classical and ethnic rhythms. During these intimate shows, the American drummer is also a storyteller, connecting with the public through his amazing tales.

It's not just a solo but elaborate music on drums. It is a unique, intense, dynamic, spiritual, melodic, orchestral, atmospheric and musical performance on the world's largest set of drums and percussion.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $39, available through the Club Soda box office and through

July 10, 2018
Scripted - Tribute to Marillion
The band Scripted - a tribute to Fish-era Marillion will be at Club Dix30 in Brossard on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

All the best freaks are here! Music, theater, emotion - Scripted explores with you the Fish years of the best neo-prog band, Marillion. Come share this unique experience with the only homage of its kind in North America!

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $14.75, available through the Dix30 box office.

May 16, 2018
Marillion weekend 2019 in Montreal
Well, it's that time of the year again - we are happy to announce the dates and cities of our Marillion Weekends for 2019.

We have taken a leap and will be doing FIVE in 2019.

21st - 24th March - Center Parcs, Port Zelande, The Netherlands
12th - 14th April - Witwórnia, Lodz, Poland
26th - 28th April - De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
17th - 19th May - L'Olympia, Montréal, Canada
31st May - 2nd June - Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal

This will be our first time in Portugal (exciting eh?) and of course we are happy to return to our beloved Montreal after missing out in 2017. We are STILL working on trying to make another Marillion Weekend in Chile happen and will have an answer either way on that by the end of May.

We know that many of you are now familiar with the set up of a Marillion Weekend but for any of you who are yet to attend one, here are the details in a nutshell:

We play three consecutive nights at the same venue and each night we play an entirely different set list and show. Sometimes we have special guests, sometimes special show themes or concepts...

Fans from all over the world come to the concerts - especially so at the Port Zelande shows as these are residential shows and accommodation is included in your ticket price.

This gives you the freedom to party for 4 solid days and nights and gives you plenty of chance to make friends with other like-minded marillionaires and marillion-airesses.

“We hold the weekends in great affection. From the band point of view – there’s nothing like them. An unbelievable amount of preparation goes into making these shows extraordinary. The audience is like one global family and the atmosphere is electric. Past weekends have become legendary in our minds.” Steve h

Ticket prices and full information will be available in May and tickets for the Weekends will go on sale in June for The Netherlands and July for the other shows - the Marillion Weekend website will be updated with information so keep an eye on it.

We hope to see as many of our worldwide family as possible – let's make these the best Weekends yet.

H, Ian, Mark, Pete and Steve

May 2, 2018
The Musical Box at Place des Arts
The Musical Box presents A Genesis Extravaganza at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts on Saturday, February 9, 2019.

In an all-out performance of live visual signature stunts, a museum-worthy array of vintage instruments and a dizzying pace of iconic tracks and stage rarities, The Musical Box indulges for the 1st time in 25 years an intense 3-act voyage into the world of early Genesis. Act 1 is The Wind’s Tail, Act 2 is Broadway Melodies and act 3 is Before the Ordeal.

Doors at 7:15 PM - Show at at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $53.70 to $85.20, available through

April 23, 2018
Simple Minds at MTelus Metropolis
Simple Minds will be back in Montreal at the MTelus Metropolis on
Friday, September 28, 2018 as part of their Walk Between Worlds - Celebrating 40 years tour.

Simple Minds are delighted to announce that they will tour North America in September and October 2018, playing two full sets featuring iconic songs spanning their whole career and including tracks from the new album Walk Between Worlds!

Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets on Sale April 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM through evenko.

April 16, 2018
IQ in Montreal
The English progressive rock band IQ will be back in Montreal at the Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent) on
Thursday, October 4, 2018. The English group will present many classics that have marked their long career.

With Marillion, IQ is one of the mainstays of neo-prog, a movement that began in the early 80s. Their first album, Tales from the Lush Attic, was released in 1983. Compared to Gensis in their early days, it was in 1993 with the Ever album as IQ matures with a refined and personalized sound.

Subsequently, the sound quality of IQ's albums has always been remarkable and constantly improving. Road of Bones, their tenth studio album, is considered by many music critics as the best prog rock album of 2014.

IQ is composed of Peter Nicholls (vocals), Mike Holmes (guitar), Paul Cook (drums), Tim Essau (bass) and Neil Durant (keyboards).

With an album to be released at the end of 2018, Montreal fans will be able to have a live preview of the new upcoming material.

Show at 8:00 PM, doors at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $49, available through

March 11, 2018
Abigail at Bar Piranha!
Legendary japanese black/trash metal band Abigail will be at Bar Piranha on
Thursday, September 20, 2018, accompanied by Warsenal plus special guests.

Tickets are $20, available through 13Media.

January 21, 2018
Tramp of the Century: New dates!
Montreal's Supertramp tribute band Tramp of the Century has announced more shows throughout 2018:

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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