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


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

November 9, 2017
Prog Story at the Club Soda
JLC Musik, the company behind La Metropole du Prog and most prog rock events in Quebec, will present its own production Prog Story at Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent, Montréal) on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Prog Story is an original concept recounting the best moments of British rock-progressive of the Seventies in music and images. Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Gentle Giant. Prog Story is composed of a talented team of eight musicians and singers selected from the Quebec elite. Antoine Baril (drums), Christian Pacaud (bass), Gabriel Cyr (guitar), Jean-Philippe Major (vocals), Gabriel-Antoine Vallée (vocals and guitar), Alex Donati (vocals and guitar) and Mathieu Pilote (vocals, flute, saxophone). The production also relies on the services of the talented musician and multidisciplinary artist, Daniel L. Moisan, as artistic director.

Prog Story will be a unique event where you will relive the history of rock-progressive while offering you top-notch musical performances accopmpanied by stunning images and exclusive interviews.

Show at 8:00 PM, doors at 7:00 PM. Tickets for that show available through the Club Soda boxoffice.

November 7, 2017
The Musical Box "Black Show"
at Place des Arts - Contest winner!

evenko presents The Musical Box, performing their "Black Show" on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts.

This contest has now ended.

Congratulations to
Jean Boissoneault, of Laval, who wins the pair of tickets to the PDA show!

Thanks to evenko for this great prize and many thanks to all who have participated!

The Musical Box, internationally acclaimed for its historical re-enactement of early Genesis' works, is coming to Montreal to perform The Black Show, the emblematic 1974 performance that made Genesis and Peter Gabriel attain rock star status, enjoying to this day a cult following from nostalgic and young music lovers alike.

On the trail of their first visit, Genesis is back in America in '74 to promote Selling England by the Pound, but this first time, presenting the show in a whole new format, abandoning the old sets for a darker and more essential visual presentation, better suited to serve Gabriel's antics. Genesis pushes back the limits of its musicianship, venturing into a more live rendering of the songs and musical arrangements. The band's artistry will produce some of the most iconic images and sounds of the progressive rock era, such as the mythic 23 minutes long Supper's Ready. This performance captured on the famous bootleg Super 8 film from the Montreal Cepcum in April '74, has become the reference to vintage Genesis.

Exclusively licensed by Peter Gabriel and Genesis, The Musical Box has performed for more than a million spectators worldwide in some of the most prestigious venues such as the London Royal Albert Hall, and the privilege of receiving Phil Collins and Steve Hackett from Genesis as performing guests. With its quest for authenticity, The Musical Box is often cited as the best interpretation group in the world, proving the relevance of performing comtemporary classics.

Tickets are $49.00 to $82.25 (including taxes and service fees) available through evenko and at the Place des Arts Box Office. Limit of 8 tickets per person.

October 13, 2017
Heaven's Cry at Petit Campus!
Don't miss Montreal's own prog metal band Heaven's Cry, accompanied by Liva and Fractal Cypher on Sunday December 10, 2017 at Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur Street East)

Doors at 6:00 PM, show at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, on sale at Petit Campus and

October 10, 2017
Black Label Society in Montreal!
American heavy metal band Black Label Society will be in Montreal on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Metropolis MTelus (59 Ste-Catherine East), accompanied by Corrosion of Conformity and EyeHateGod.

Doors at 6:00 PM, show at 7:30 PM. Tickets available starting on Oct 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM, and are $48, through evenko and at the Metropolis boxoffice.

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!

September 6, 2017
A Perfect Circle at the Place Bell
American rock Supergroup A Perfect Circle, featuring Tool's Maynard James Keenan will be at the brand new Place Bell (1950 Rue Claude-Gagné, Laval) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, with opening band The Beta Machine.

Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM, Tickets are $68 to $88, available through evenko.

August 6, 2017
The wall Live Extravaganza
at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Do not miss The Best of Pink Floyd presented by The Wall Live Extravaganza at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts,
Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Imagine a great fantasy journey into the universe of Pink Floyd, where each song is a unique presentation with projections, costumes and sets, where 12 musicians and singers take you into a psychedelic dream... possibly like Syd?

The Wall Live Extravaganza team once again sets a new standard in honouring the music of Pink Floyd. Finally, the definitive tribute for the current era!

The concert includes the best songs of Pink Floyd... from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn to Division Bell.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $45.25 to $66.75, on sale at the Place des Arts box office.

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!

May 20, 2017
Tramp of the Century: New dates!
Montreal's Supertramp tribute band Tramp of the Century has announced more shows throughout Winter/Spring 2017:

Club Dix30, Brossard
Friday, December 1st, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017

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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