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May 10, 2022
Lazarus Heart in Saint-Lazare
Sylvain Auclair's amazing Police/Sting tribute show Lazarus Heart will be at the Bar Chez Maurice (1897 Sainte-Angélique, Saint-Lazare) on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Show begins at 9:00 PM. Admission is $35.

May 10, 2022
The Flower Kings in Montreal: New date
A new date has been confirmed for the Flower Kings' show which was to take place at Théâtre Plaza on Saturday April 4, 2020, the new date is on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent, Montreal). They will present music from their new album, Waiting for Miracles.

The Flower Kings was formed in 1994 by veteran and progressive rock icon, Roine Stolt. They were among the flagship groups of the progressive rock renaissance in the 90s. They have thirteen studio albums to their credit.

Your tickets for the initial performance remain valid.

February 20, 2022
Megadeth & Lamb Of God at Place Bell - new date
A new date has been confirmed for the Megadeth / Lamb Of God / Trivium / Hatebreed concert at Place Bell in Laval originally scheduled for Friday, October 1st, 2021, is now rescheduled to
Tuesday May 17, 2022. Original tickets are still valid for this new date.

December 15, 2021
Primus presents A Tribute to Kings
Primus will be at L'Olympia (1004 Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal) on Monday, May 16, 2022 to present their show A Tribute to Kings, accompanied by special guest Black Mountain.

Primus pays homage to prog-rock legends Rush with A Tribute to Kings, a cross-country tour that will feature the Bay Area trio playing Rush's classic 1977 album
A Farewell to Kings in its entirety, in addition to their own music. The 'Tribute to Kings' tour will be just as it is implied, a respectful and loving tribute to three spectacular musicians, songwriters, legends and friends.

Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM, tickets available through evenko.

April 18, 2022
Loreena McKennitt at Place Des Arts
To mark the 30th anniversary of her Juno-winning album, The Visit, Canadian singer-songwriter Loreena McKennitt will kick off a new series of concerts this fall as part of her The Visit Revisited tour, and will present a show on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts.

The Visit allowed her career to take a major turn. In September 2021, Loreena released The Visit: The Definitive Edition reissue available as a limited edition deluxe hardcover booklet. Indeed, The Visit was the album that propelled the independent artist to the worldwide fame she has enjoyed since its release in Canada in 1991 and elsewhere in the world in 1992.

The first part of her tour will stop at major concert halls in Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec and Ottawa from October 1st to 7, 2022.

"I have to admit that this album marked a milestone in my career, and on a more personal level, I find that rediscovering our first few songs is also a way to highlight their sources of inspiration in new light."

During this tour, Loreena will be accompanied on stage by her longtime collaborators, notably Caroline Lavelle on cello, Brian Hughes on guitar and Hugh Marsh on violin. In addition to some of her most popular titles, she will perform all the songs from the opus The Visit in its entirety.

The Visit Revisited will be Loreena's first concert series since her Lost Souls tour which kicked off in Stratford in 2018; which had stopped in Brazil, Argentina and Chile; and then led the artist to play 49 concerts in Europe in the spring and summer of 2018; and which ended in Canada in the fall of 2019.

Show at 8 p.m., Tickets are $100, $85, $70, $60, available at the Place des Arts box office. A Rubin Fogel Production.

April 9, 2022
Terra Incognita 2020/21/22 festival postponed!
Faced with the uncertainty of the situation in Europe (the rise in covid cases in Europe as in here, in addition to the war in Ukraine), many groups who were to perform next May at the Terra Incognita 2022 festival at the Center d'art La Chapelle (Quebec) have made the decision to postpone their visit.

A few months before the event is held, it would have been very difficult to put together a new lineup. After consultations with all the groups concerned, we have agreed to postpone the Festival to May 19, 20 and 21, 2023. The tickets will obviously still be valid.

To stay informed, we invite you to join our Facebook page!

Groups reconfirmed for the 2023 edition
Anekdoten (Sweden)
35 Tapes (Norway)
Sintonia Distorta (Italy)
Professor Tip Top (Norway)
Quel Che Disse Il Tuono (Italy)
La Maschera di Cera (Italy)

March 31, 2022
Something Else + New World Men at Café Campus
Don't miss the great double bill of New World Men (Rush tribute) and Something Else (Marillion tribute) on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at the Café Campus (57 Prince-Arthur East, Montreal) as part of the Marillion Weekend festivities.

Doors at 12:30 PM, Show at 1:30 PM, tickets are $32, available through Café Campus.

March 31, 2022
Elder in Montreal
The American prog/psychedelic/stoner/doom band Elder will be in Montreal at the Foufounes Électriques (87, Ste-Catherine Street East) on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, accompanied by Belzebong and Dreadnought.
Show at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $28, available through Universe.

March 8, 2022
Porcupine Tree is back with a new album and a tour!
Porcupine Tree will be at Place Bell in Laval on Monday, September 12, 2022.

Last October, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, and Gavin Harrison all shared a teaser video and mailing list link across their social media accounts, along with a stylised "P/T C/C" image. A few days later, the newly reunited band announced their eleventh album, "
Closure/Continuation", to be released in June 2022.

Now the legendary band spearheaded by Steven Wilson, now a trio with Gavin Harrison and Richard Barbieri, will embark on a Canada/US tour to present new music from their upcoming album as well as fan favorites and PT classics!

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets on sale March 11 at 10 AM, available through evenko.

March 8, 2022
Prog Story in Montreal
Back by popular demand, the incredible musical revue Prog Story will be back in Montreal on Saturday, June 11, 2022. The event will take place at Salle Émile Legault (613 Sainte-Croix Ave. Montreal).

For 2022, Prog Story will present a new show with a revamped crew and repertoire. Prog Story presents an original concept retracing the best moments of British progressive rock of the 70s in music and images. On the menu are songs from Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Gentle Giant.
The production formed a talented team of eight musicians and singers selected from among the Quebec elite.

Prog Story is a unique event during which we tell you the history of progressive rock while offering you high-level musical performances embellished with images and exclusive interviews with important musicians of that era.
Come and relive the best of 70s Progressive Rock.

Show at 8:00 PM, tickets available through JLCMusik.

March 23, 2022
Roger Waters in Montreal - New date
A new date has been announced for Roger Waters: This is not a drill at the Bell Center in Montreal. Originally scheduled to take place on July 23rd, 2020, the show is now rescheduled on Friday July 15, 2022. Ticket holders are invited to keep their tickets as they will be honoured on the new date.

Tickets are $65 to $98, available through evenko.

March 24, 2022
Steve Hackett plays Seconds Out - postponed
Steve Hackett has postponed his Canadian tour:

"It is with great regret that we will have to reschedule our upcoming Canadian tour dates (currently scheduled for next week, March 2022), due to an outbreak of Covid within the band. My sincere apologies to all our fans. The montreal show will now be on
Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Ticket holders are invited to keep their tickets as they will be honoured on the new date."

Steve will be back in Montreal to present Genesis Revisited Seconds Out and More at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of the Place des Arts. The show will feature the 1977 Genesis live album
Seconds Out in full, plus More!

Seconds Out was the hugely successful double album recorded on Genesis' 1977 concert tour together with The Cinema Show, from their 1976 tour, and featured Steve Hackett on guitar alongside Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins who had taken on the role of vocalist following the departure of Peter Gabriel. The tour included music from each of the six studio albums from Steve's time in Genesis and marked his final recordings with the band as he left to pursue his solo career upon its completion.

There will also be additional material, including solo favourties and tracks from Steve's new album "Surrender Of Silence".

Steve Hackett says: "I'm thrilled to bring Seconds Out back to life, featuring Genesis material at its most exciting and virtuosic, this time with all numbers played in full plus additional surprises.".

February 27, 2022
Morse Code in Montréal
Morse Code will be in Montreal on Friday, June 10, 2022 at Salle Émile Legault (613, Ave. Sainte Croix, Montreal)

Morse Code, the first progressive rock group in Quebec, has created a special place for itself in the hearts of fans of this music. The band presents L'Héritage, a retrospective of the French-language repertoire Morse Code has left to all their fans over the years. Come and relive this magical period of Quebec progressive rock!

Show at 8:00 PM, tickets are $55, available through JLCmusik.

February 14, 2022
The Aristocrats present the Defrost Tour in Montreal
The instrumental power trio The Aristocrats will be in Montreal for two shows, on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Petit Café Campus (57 Prince Arthur East).

Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, and Marco Minnemann are very excited to announce that they will make their long-awaited return to the stages of North America this summer, for the DEFROST tour. The ten-week, 50-show run will mark their first live performances since the FREEZE! Live In Europe 2020 album was captured, more than two years ago. Audiences will be treated to a debut of select new material not yet released on any album, as well as a carefully curated collection of fan favorites and deep cuts.

"We’re beyond thrilled to get back out there and do what we do best – playing together, live and loud, in the same room – for our amazing fans who’ve been so generous with their support of what we do as a band. Even though modern technology is great, we wanted to wait until we were physically together before playing any new material, because that’s just how we do it. That’s finally going to happen right before we head out on the road, so it will be really fresh and exciting. We can’t wait!"

Doors at 7:00 PM. Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $38.75, available through the Café Campus boxoffice.

November 25, 2021
The Australian Pink Floyd Show at Place Bell
The formidable tribute group The Australian Pink Floyd Show will be at Place Bell in Laval on Saturday October 1st, 2022 as part of their All That's To Come 2022-23 tour. Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM.

Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection, this critically acclaimed show has been astonishing audiences worldwide for more than three decades. Always striving to reproduce the complete Pink Floyd experience and bring the music to new audiences, the show continues to include a stunning light and laser show, video animations, state of the art, high resolution LED screen technology and other special effects. In addition and in true Pink Floyd fashion, there are several huge inflatables including a giant pig and their own unique Pink Kangaroo.

The “All That’s To Come” Tour will bring to the stage the songs that mean so much to Pink Floyd fans all over the world. Replicating music from every phase of Pink Floyd’s journey, from Ummagumma to The Division Bell and all albums in between, this tour reinforces The Australian Pink Floyd Show' dedication to the heritage of Barrett, Waters, Gilmour, Wright & Mason with a show that pays sincere and genuine tribute to those legendary Pink Floyd productions. State of the art lighting and video, pinpoint lasers, gargantuan inflatables and flawless live sound that was the benchmark of Pink Floyd shows, Aussie Floyd guarantees to deliver a memorable live experience. Tickets available through evenko.

October 17, 2021
Symphony X and Haken at Théâtre Corona!
Prog metal bands Symphony X and Haken will be at the Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, Montreal) on
Saturday, May 14, 2022, accompanied by Trope.

Symphony X will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on this tour. Haken will be presenting the music of thir latest album entitled Virus!

Doors at 6:30 PM, show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $58 (taxes included) available through evenko. Vaccinal passport required.

November 7, 2021
Kraftwerk in Montréal
Electro pioneers Kraftwerk will be in Montreal at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, returning to North America with a 3-D Summer Concert Tour! Tickets are $74.15 to 115.75, on sale now through evenko!

November 15, 2021
Rammstein in Montreal: New date
A new date has been confirmed for the Rammstein show which was to take place as part of Heavy MTL on August 20, 2020, the new date will be on Sunday August 21, 2022 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Doors at 5:00 PM, show at 7:00 PM. Tickets are now available through evenko. Your tickets for the initial performance remain valid.

October 25, 2021
An Evening With Peter Hook & The Light
Joy Division : A Celebration

Composer/multi-instrumentalist and bassist of the legendary band Joy Division Peter Hook, will present a An Evening With Peter Hook & The Light - Joy Division : A Celebration. Peter and his band will perform the 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' albums by Joy Division, with an opening set of New Order material, on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal).

General admission tickets are $42.75, available at the Club Soda boxoffice.

October 17, 2021
Tears for Fears return for first album in 17 years
Seventeen years after Tears for Fears last released an album of new music, the beloved band behind Head Over Heels, Shout and Everybody Wants to Rule the World will return in 2022 with
The Tipping Point.

Ahead of the LP’s arrival on February 25th via Concord Records, Tears for Fears founding members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith also shared the first single and title track The Tipping Point, which — like the album — was inspired by a series of professional and personal “tipping points” in the years following their last album, 2004’s Everybody Loves a Happy Ending.

For Orzabal, that point was influenced by the death of his wife Caroline in 2017. “It came at a time when my (late) wife was very ill. I was watching her become a ghost of her former self. So the song’s narrator is in a hospital ward looking at people about to cross the threshold that we call death,” Orzabal told Rolling Stone.

“The line in the song says, ‘Will you ever know when it’s the Tipping Point?’ meaning, will you ever know when a person has crossed that threshold from life to death when you cannot even perceive that ‘vague and distant void’ as it’s described in the lyric. I have to admit that even in March 2016 when I was read the riot act by doctors about Caroline possibly not making it through the weekend, I was still in denial. I think that when you’ve been close to someone for decades, they are living within you as well as without. And consciously I did not believe she would die, though subconsciously I was, without doubt, preparing for the inevitable, arming myself against the future shock.”

The song itself was built out of a “haunting backing track idea” created by the band’s co-producer and longtime touring member Charlton Pettus. “He blended a couple of trademark themes, twisted the time signature and left me to sort out the rest,” Orzabal says.

Tears for Fears hadn’t intended to take such a long break between albums; “I would say life and geography got in the way,” Smith tells Rolling Stone, adding that while the band still toured frequently, they didn’t want to be “helicopter parents” to their then-young children. When it finally came time to make a new album a few years ago, as the duo notes, they were encouraged by previous management to work with an army of “today’s hitmakers,” each of whom tried to”recreate a Tears for Fears classic.” The sessions were an epic disaster, the band admits, and another tipping point.

“We went along with the process and amassed a lot of up-tempo attempts at hit singles. I like a lot of them but when configured into an album, they were tiring to listen to. There was no artistry, no dynamics, no personality to the album,” Orzabal says.

Instead, Smith and Orzabel did something they hadn’t done since there were teens: They sat in a room, acoustic guitars in hand, and started making music. The result, opening track No Small Thing, is what the band cites as the catalyst that sparked The Tipping Point.

However, some songs from the failed collaborative sessions found second life on The Tipping Point: My Demons, written with Sacha Skarbek and Flo Reutter (“I must admit I am very proud of the lyric, kinda ‘Boy in the Bubble’ on crystal meth,” Orzabal says) as well as Please Be Happy, “an agonizing plea to the person you love as they struggle with depression. But that song lay dormant for a long time. It’s a slow, heartfelt ballad which I try not to listen to too often,” Orzabel says.

The Tipping Point also features Stay, which was one of the two new songs the band recorded for the 2017 best-of compilation Rule the World.

“It has been remixed to be more in line with the recording and flow of the album, the flow of the album being the reason it was chosen,” Smith says of the inclusion of Stay. “We do have an old school approach to albums in the sense that it needs to tell a story, as well as have a side one and side two. We felt Stay had a similar effect as Listen on Songs From The Big Chair, it was a long calm breath at the end of the album, the palate cleanser. Also the final lyrics being ‘Stay, don’t stay. Go, don’t go’ made it all the more poignant.”

Tears for Fears also plan to tour extensively in support of The Tipping Point, which is available for preorder now. - Source: Rolling Stone

The Tipping Point Track List:

1. No Small Thing
2. The Tipping Point
3. Long, Long, Long Time
4. Break The Man
5. My Demons
6. Rivers Of Mercy
7. Please Be Happy
8. Master Plan
9. End Of Night
10. Stay

Deluxe CD Edition:
11. Let It All Evolve
12. Secret Location
13. Shame (Cry Heaven)

September 19, 2021
Orbit - Human Voltage - album review
A great discovery, multi-instrumentalist and studio guru Marc Girard presents his brand new project, Orbit, with the album entitled Human Voltage. High quality electronic music, with a dozen short and catchy compositions, featuring a great variety of styles and themes.

All of the tracks on this album have appealing melodies and harmonies that are sometimes reminiscent of the ambient new-age sound of Jean-Michel Jarre, or the experimental themes of Mike Oldfield. The subtle and ethereal arrangements are magnificent.

Among the pieces that stand out, Connexion and Voyager III are definitely influenced by the classic sound of Jean-Michel Jarre. Black Hole and Adventure, with their spirited rhythm, remind us of the dynamic sound of Ozric Tentacles at times. Interlude reminds us a bit of the graceful reverberations of Vangelis. Dawn has some early Tangerine Dream vibes, there is a nice inspired guitar solo at the end, courtesy of the excellent Bruno Coulombe! The beauty of this album is that it is linear and relaxing, harmonious and well-arranged from the first to the last note.

Orbit is definitely a delicious new project that will appeal to lovers of this eclectic musical style, I highly recommend it : 4.5/5

August 18, 2021
Frost* - Day And Age
The excellent folks from Frost* have released a new opus this past May, entitled
Day and Age, following the release of Falling Satellites in 2016. Jem Godfrey, John Mitchell, and Nathan King reunited to record the album over the course of 2019 and 2020 in the middle of the pandemic lockdown, along with guest drummers Kaz Rodriguez, Darby Todd and Pat Mastelotto.

Frost* is renowned for its quality edgy progressive pop, with their mix of short, punchy songs and lengthy, bombastic epics, and I must say that Day and Age fits perfectly this description! Beautiful melodies, energetic rhythms throughout the entire album, but with darker lyrics that contrast a bit with the jovial melodies and dynamic tempos. Many of the songs on this new album have a driving energy that is perfect for road music at full volume!

The album is composed of 8 tracks on the first CD, with a second CD composed of their instrumental counterparts and edited tracks. it is also available in digital format and in a double vinyl LP set + CD. The title track, Day and Age, is a wonderful start to the album with a catchy jingle and energetic rhythm. Terrestrial has a hypnotic, spacey rhythm and so does the highly rhythmic track The Boy Who Stood Still, which has a spoken word portion done by Jason Isaacs (he played the devious Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter). Island Life harkens back to the style of the 1st Frost* album, with John Mitchell's highlighted vocals. Skywards and Waiting for the Lie provide a pause with more atmospheric melodies. Repeat to Fade has a bit of a heavier tone with equally ponderous lyrics. The epic of the album is the excellent Kill The Orchestra, which begins as a ballad, only to gradually gain momentum and turn into a vigorous number with a catchy melody!

Some of the songs, like Day and Age, Island Life and Terrestrial, have captivating accompanying videos. A brilliant 4th album from Jem and the guys!

July 31, 2021
Marillion Weekend News: Ticket info
The Marillion folks have reignited the engines and are full steam ahead for the upcoming Marillion Weekend in Montreal in
July 2022.

Here is some detailed ticket info:
L'Olympia, 1004 Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal, Canada -
1st - 3rd July 2022
Standing $195 CAD - Balcony (Allocated seating) $205 CAD

Ticket cost excludes taxes and booking fee and is for admission to all 3 nights.
Tickets / wristbands for the balcony will not allow you access to the standing area downstairs.
Tickets / wristbands for the downstairs standing area will not allow you access to the balcony upstairs.

PLEASE NOTE - A wristband will be issued on production of a valid ticket/order confirmation which then gives admittance all weekend.

Tickets on sale soon.

Here's the band's statement:

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the Summer so far.

The new album is coming along very well. All the songs are written and arranged and we’ll be away this week at Real World utilising the amazing acoustic spaces and first-rate equipment. We know it's been a long time coming, but we haven’t compromised the quality of the new work, and we’re hoping you’ll agree when you hear it that it’s quite something...

Many of you have been contacting us as you want to know the dates of the Marillion Weekends for next year. We are pleased to announce them as follows:

Lodz, Poland - 8th - 10th April 2022
Stockholm, Sweden - 20th - 22nd May 2022
Leicester, UK - 27th - 29th May 2022
Lisbon, Portugal - 10th - 12th June 2022
Montreal, Canada -
1st - 3rd July 2022

We hope that this will help with your holiday plans for next year! Hopefully the plague will be a distant memory by then and we can all enjoy our traditional flagship family-weekend of music once again.

Love and hugs,

H, Ian, Mark, Pete and Steve

January 1st, 2022
The Neal Morse Band at the Théâtre Corona - postponed
The Neal Morse Band that was to be held on Thursday February 10, 2022 at the Corona Theater (2490 rue Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal) has been postponed to a later date to be announced shortly. Keep your tickets as they will be honored for the new date.

February 18, 2022
Pendragon in Montreal - postponed
The Pendragon show which was to take place at the Théâtre Plaza (6505, rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal) on Friday May 8, 2020 has been postponed to a later date later in 2023. Keep your tickets as they will be honored for the new date. The group will be in Montreal for the first time. In addition to an overview of their vast repertoire, Pendragon will take the opportunity to present music from their latest album Love Over Fear

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.


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