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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 www.evenko.ca.



April 27, 2018
3RDegree and Half Past Four in Cornwall
American proggers 3RDegree will be in Cornwall, ON to present their Ones and Zeros show at The Port Theatre (132 Montreal Road, Cornwall, Ontario) on Friday, May 18, 2018, accompanied by Toronto prog band Half Past Four.

Formed in 1990, 3RDegree released 2 studio albums before their breakup in 1997. After a 10-year hiatus, their "comeback" album NARROW-CASTER was released in 2008. THE LONG DIVISION followed in September 2012 gaining them many fans. Summer of 2015 saw ONES & ZEROS: vol. 1–their first concept album. A European tour in September would follow. 2018 brought the prequel ONES & ZEROS: Vol. 0. Check out their music on Bandcamp!

Doors: 7:00 PM - Showtime: 8:00 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on day of show.



April 27, 2018
Soft Machine at the Montréal Jazz Fest
Canterbury legends Soft Machine will be at the Monument National (1182, boul. St-Laurent) as part of the Montreal Jazz Fest, on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Pioneers of the ’60s psychedelia movement, Soft Machine is an iconic group in the timeline of British jazz fusion. The band’s hybrid jazz sound and multiple line-ups have withstood the test of time. Featuring three of the group's 70s era members: guitarist John Etheridge, drummer John Marshall and bass player Roy Babbington. They're joined by sax, flute and keyboard legend Theo Travis.

Wear flares and put flowers in your hair for a show that recreates the vibe of Woodstock. Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $49.75, available online and at the Monument National boxoffice.



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 23, 2018
Deep Purple and Judas Priest in Montreal
Don't miss an evening of classic british heavy metal with Deep Purple & Judas Priest together at the Bell Centre on
Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

Doors at 6:00 PM, show at 7:00 PM. Tickets on Sale April 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM through evenko.



April 16, 2018
The Security Project back in Montreal!
The Security Project: The music of Peter Gabriel will be in Montreal on
Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Petit Campus (57 Prince-Arthur, Montreal).

The Security Project has once again reinvented itself, this time with vocalist KT (Happy) Rhodes. Together with Jerry Marotta (drummer from Peter Gabriel’s first five records), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Michael Cozzi (Shriekback) and NY keyboardist David Jameson, the group continues reimagining the early work of Peter Gabriel, but with Happy’s impressive four-octave vocals adding an entirely new dimension.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, available at the Café Campus boxoffice. 18+, general admission.



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 LePointdeVente.com.



April 10, 2018
The Wall Live Extravaganza at Place des Arts: Win tickets!
The Wall Live Extravaganza will be at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm

And thanks to Rubin Fogel Productions in association with ProgMontréal, here's your chance to win a pair of tickets to the Place des Arts show!

Visit our Contests page and participate!


The Wall Live Extravaganza returns to Montreal with a brand new show! After more than 75 performances in Canada and the U.S., this production is has received a massive makeover… Bigger and better, this breathtaking show will unveil new sets, costumes and visual effects with an oversized deployment. Plunging you into the wide universe of Pink Floyd's masterpiece, with an amalgam of songs from The Wall and Final Cut albums, Alan Parker's film and the original show, The Wall Live Extravaganza promises to impress. Produced by Rubin Fogel Productions and Viking Productions.

Tickets: $64.50, $54.50, $39.50, $29.50 Taxes included / Service charges extra available online and at the Place des Arts box office (514) 842-2112.



March 17, 2018
Black Label Society back in Montreal!
American heavy metal band Black Label Society will be at the MTelus Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine St. East) on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, accompanied by Corrosion of Conformity and EyeHateGod.

Zakk Wilde's band is touring to support the release of the latest compilation Grimmest Hits. Tickets are $48 in advance, $52 on the day of the show, available through evenko and at the MTelus Metropolis boxoffice.



March 5, 2018
Terra Incognita 2018!
The Terra Incognita Progressive Rock Festival will be back for its 14th edition at the Centre d'art La Chapelle (620 Avenue Plante, Quebec City) on Friday, May 18, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018, and will feature Wobbler and Moon Safari!

Here is the detailed programming:
Friday, May 18, 2018
ELP Project (CANCELED)
Time for Pink Floyd (Québec)

Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Cirkus (Trois Rivières)
Hamadryad (Québec)
Wobbler (Norway)

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Cellar Noise (Italy)
Aerostation (Italy)
Moon Safari (Sweden)

Tickets are on sale right now through billetech, as well as at the Centre d'art La Chapelle box office at 418-641-6032, and cost $44 for the Friday evening with Time for Pink Floyd, $94 for Saturday and $94 for Sunday.



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.



February 22, 2018
Radiohead back in Montreal!
Radiohead are playing Montreal’s Bell Centre on Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17, 2018 as part of their 2018 North American tour.

The British group are touring in support of their latest record, 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool. The tour also includes two stops at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Radiohead were last in Montreal for their headlining spot at the 2016 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival.

Tickets for the Montreal shows go on sale Feb. 24 are $90.50 to $112.50, available through evenko and at the Bell Centre boxoffice.



February 11, 2018
TesseracT at Club Soda!
UK prog metal band TesseracT will be at the Club Soda in Montreal on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, with guests yet to be announced. The band will present brand new music from their upcoming album Sonder.

The world is changing. As a species, we’ve never been more conscious of who we are or where we are going – our minds circling with questions that are no longer exclusive to the more philosophical among us. It’s a revelation that inspired much behind TesseracT’s latest full-length, Sonder. The UK-based progressive metal pioneers, who were instrumental in paving a new wave of exciting and heavy sounds the world over, purposefully chose a title that had no orthodox meaning whatsoever. When you think about it, this is something that marries perfectly with their non-conformist approach to music...

Doors: 6:00 pm, show: 7:00 pm. General admission tickets are $31.75 to $36.75, available online and at the Club Soda box office.



January 29, 2018
Slayer Farewell tour
Slayer will be at Place Bell in Laval on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 as part of their farewell tour! Anthrax, Behemoth, Lamb of God and Testament will also be part of this metallic evening.
 
Doors: 4:00 PM / Show: 5:00 PM. Tickets are $61.25 to $92.50, available through evenko or at the Place Bell boxoffice.



January 21, 2018
Satriani in Montréal!
Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani be at the MTelus Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine East, Montréal) on Friday, May 25, 2018, to present the music of his new album What Happens Next.

Doors at 6:30 PM, show begins at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $53 to $68, available through evenko or at the MTelus Metropolis boxoffice.



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.



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.



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.



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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