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


March 2, 2019
Frost* and Mystery in Montreal and Quebec City
British band Frost* and Montreal's Mystery will be at Salle Jean-Paul Tardif for a long-awaited double-bill for Progressive Rock fans. The event will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Frost*/Mystery duo will also be in Montreal on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at La Tulipe (4530 Papineau).

Frost* is a British supergroup formed in 2004 by keyboardist Jem Godfrey. Their sound is very modern and dynamic. In 2017, their album Falling Satellites was in the top 10 of several critics of the music press.

The band also features Craig Bundell on drums (Steven Wilson), John Mitchell on guitar (Arena, It Bites), Nathan King on bass (Level 42, It Bites).

The evening will begin with the performance of the excellent Montreal band Mystery. They will present brand new material from their latest album Lies and Butterflies as well as highlights from previous albums.

Mystery is composed of: Michel St-Père (guitar), François Fournier (bass), Jean-Sébastien Goyette (drums), Antoine Michaud (keyboards), Jean Pageau (vocals and flute) and Sylvain Moineau (guitar).

Mystery is one of the most respected progressive rock bands in the country. Very popular in Europe, they will begin in April, a tour that will take them to Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Tickets for the Quebec City show available through the Salle Jean-Paul Tardif box office.
Tickets for the Montreal show available through Admission.

March 14, 2019
The Pineapple Thief with Gavin Harrison
British progressive rock band Pineapple Thief is coming to America and will be joined by famed drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), the band will be at L'astral (305 Sainte-Catherine Street west, Montreal) on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Bruce Soord, Jon Sykes and Steve Kitch will present music from their new album, Dissolution, to be released in late August. Gavin Harrison returns on drums, this time taking a more active role in the songwriting, and accompanying the band on tour.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets on sale tomorrow through evenko.

March 14 2019
Tribute to Pink Floyd at Club Soda: Echoes
LThe Pink Floyd tribute band Echoes will be at Club Soda (1225 St. Laurent Blvd, Montreal) on Saturday, April 20, 2019, with opening bands Bourbon and Our Home In Space.

Echoes, a tribute to Pink Floyd, has been on the Quebec scene since 2005. The group performs shows across the province. Echoes is a full-length seven-piece band with video projections that will immerse you in the Pink Floyd universe. In addition, Echoes stands out for its energy on stage and the quality of reproduction of Pink Floyd's work. Echoes is the tribute to Pink Floyd to see and see again.

Show at 8pm. free tickets in advance, $12.25 at the door. 18+

March 14, 2019
Tribute to Pink Floyd at Club Dix30:
Welcome to the Machine by Brain Damage
Montreal's Pink Floyd tribute band Brain Damage will be at Club Dix30 in Brossard on Saturday, June 8, 2019 to present its new show WELCOME TO THE MACHINE, even more visual, more interactive.

Brain Damage is a team of 9 talented and passionate musicians who reproduce the musical work of Pink Floyd, offering a colorful show that revives the energy and magic of the music of the famous British band. During their shows, they perform songs selected from 7 of the band's most popular albums from Meddle to Division Bell, covering nearly 25 years of their history.

Show at 8pm. Tickets are $33.50, available through the Club Dix30 box office.

March 2, 2019
So - projet Gabriel on tour
The tribute band So – projet Gabriel will present shows this spring, on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Cabaret Eastman (4 Chemin George-Bonnallie, Eastman) and Friday, May 17, 2019 at Club Dix30 in Brossard.

So - projet Gabriel offers viewers a unique opportunity to dive into the musical world of Peter Gabriel. With a constant attention to detail and with the greatest respect for the work of the British singer, Marc Léveillé (The Musical Box, Turn It On Again) and five experienced musicians share their passion for the music of the former Genesis member. Their repertoire, consisting mainly of music from the Peter Gabriel III, Security, So and Us albums, will undoubtedly please the most demanding fan. A festive show, high in rhythms and emotions, where world music, rock and pop rub shoulders: that is what So - projet Gabriel invites you to do!

February 10, 2019
Lazarus Heart in Pointe Claire
Sylvain Auclair's amazing Police/Sting tribute show Lazarus Heart will be at the Calistoga Grill (235, Boul. St-Jean, Pointe-Claire) on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Check-out the Lazarus Heart video clip at the Calistoga Grill.

Show begins at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $17.39, available at the Calistoga Grill boxoffice.

February 10, 2019
Heavy Montreal 2019
Montreal's giant metal fest, Heavy Montreal, is back with a fantastic lineup that includes Slayer, Ghost, Godsmack, Quiet Riot, Anthrax, Kataklysm, Despised Icon and many many more! The event will be held at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Tickets are available right now: Gold Pass: $320 - General Admission: $175, through the Heavy Montreal boxoffice.

January 29, 2019
Anvil in Montreal
Fans of nostalgia metal, don't miss the mighty Anvil, at the Petit Campus (57 Prince-Arthur, Montreal) on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM.

Tickets are $25, available through

January 29, 2019
Baroness & Deafheaven at the Corona
Heavy Montréal presents Baroness and Deafheaven at the Théâtre Corona (2490 Notre-Dame Steet West, Montreal) on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, accompanied by Zeal & Ardor.

Doors at 6:30 PM, show at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $34.50 - $38.50, available through and at the Corona boxoffice.

January 27, 2019
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

Mangeur de Rêves
- Histoires à l'envers : Mangeur de Rêves is a French-language music group founded in Montreal in 2016. The quintet offers a captivating alloy mixing rock, folk, prog and pop. The band, which launched its first album on January 15, 2019 entitled Histoires à l'envers, offers a musicality and a lyricism at once atmospheric and poetic.

Mangeur de Rêves is composed of Alex Cégé: voice, acoustic guitar, Jici LG: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, voice, JPhil Major: bass, voice, acoustic guitar, Raphael Liberge-Simard: percussion, Florent Schmitt: electric piano.

Launched on January 15, 2019, Histoires à l'envers is the first opus of Mangeur de Rêves. The album was recorded and mixed at Breakglass Studio by James Benjamin (Purity Ring, Stars, Plants & Animals and Barr Brothers) and mastered by David Lizotte (Hillward, Caravane and Prog Story).

The album is available on all digital platforms (Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, TIDAL, YouTube, Bandcamp, Baby CD, Amazon, Google Play, Pandora, Deezer, Napster, etc.). A physical format (CD) is coming soon.

1. Hier 0:38
2. Dernier hiver 4:30
3. Ainsi parlait Pinel - 7:01
4. Fille de Lune - 4:52
5. Ballade en haute mer - 5:55
6. Refuge - 3:23
7. Enfants de coeur - 6:15

Click here to purchase the digital version of the album, on Bandcamp.

January 19, 2019
King Crimson back at Théâtre St-Denis
King Crimson will return to Montreal on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm at the Théâtre St-Denis (1594 St-Denis Street).

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, King Crimson's 2019 tour will feature special concerts on three continents, including festivals and headlining shows.

The group's three-hour concerts regularly feature material from twelve of their thirteen albums, including many songs from the groundbreaking 1969 album,
In The Court of the Crimson King, which Pete Townshend describes as a "unequaled masterpiece". The new ensemble of eight musicians plays several historical compositions never performed in concert by King Crimson, as well as new arrangements of some of their classics; "Music is new every time it is written". Not to mention new instrumental pieces and songs, as well as compositions from the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, who are always a strong point of their performances. The formation also includes Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Bill Rieflin and Jakko Jakzyk. A unique show, where eight of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or embellishment. "King Crimson are renowned for their ability to offer concerts that combine moments of unbridled improvisation with highly structured songs and even extremely melodious songs ... In short, the King is not dead, long live the King! " - REJEAN BEAUCAGE,

Tickets are $65 to $140 (taxes included / service charge not included), available at the box office of Théâtre St-Denis, at (514) 790-1111 and * A limited amount of VIP seating is available at $200 (taxes included / service charge not included). A Rubin Fogel Productions presentation.

December 21, 2018
Saga returns to Montreal
Toronto proggers Saga will return to Montreal this spring. The event will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Club Soda (1225 St. Laurent Blvd.).

With twenty-one studio albums, Saga members have produced hits such as On The Loose, The Flyer and Scratching The Surface. They have sold more than eight million albums worldwide.

Formed in 1977, Saga has earned many followers around the world its unique musical style, defined by Ian Crichton's guitar staccatos backed up by synthesizers and intricate arrangements that often combine three musicians.

Quebec has always been the Saga stronghold in America, where they gave many performances including some unforgettable passages at the Montreal Forum.

Tickets are $50, available through the Club Soda box office.

December 21, 2018
Prog Story back in Montreal
The incredible musical revue Prog Story will be back in Montreal on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm at the Club Soda (1225 St. Laurent Blvd.).

Prog Story presents an original concept tracing the best moments of British progressive rock from the 70s in music and images. Featuring the music of Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Gentle Giant as part of the setlist.

The producer gathered a talented team of eight musicians and singers selected from the Quebec elite. The band is composed of Francis Grégoire (keyboards and musical direction), 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).

Prog Story is a unique event that chronicles the story of progressive rock while offering you high-level musicianship with images and exclusive interviews from important musicians of that era.

Tickets are $45, available through the Club Soda box office.

December 19, 2018
Within Temptation at the Olympia
Heavy Montreal Presents Within Temptation with In Flames at the Olympia de Montréal (1004 St-Catherine St East) on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, with opening band Smash into Pieces.

The Dutch symphonic metal band will present new material from their latest album Resist.

Doors at 5:00 PM, show at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $60 to $155, available through evenko and at the Olympia boxoffice.

December 8, 2018
The Tea Party at the MTelus Metropolis
The Tea Party will be at the MTelus Metropolis (59 St-Catherine East, Montreal) on Friday, April 12, 2019.

The famous canadian indie/prog band will present new music as part of their Canadian Black River Tour.

Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $47.75, available through evenko and at the MTelus Metropolis boxoffice.

December 2, 2018
Riverside in Montreal
Polish prog metal band Riverside will be at the Club Soda on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Riverside are back with their 7th studio album Wasteland, recorded as a trio with Mariusz Duda on vocals, guitar and bass, Piotr Kozieradzki on drums and Michal Lapaj on keyboards and Hammond organ.

"I remember the moment when we officially announced that we would continue as a trio,” says Mariusz Duda, the vocalist and main composer in the band. “We were doing a photoshoot at the Polish seaside. I said to the guys, Let’s remember that this is just the beginning. Many of our fans can’t imagine an album without Piotr Grudzień and for some of them the band ceased to exist when he died. We have to prove that we are able to survive not only by playing concerts but, most of all, by recording a new album.”

"Eye of the Soundscape’ is a compilation of old and new things,” says Duda, “but it’s not a successor to ‘Love, Fear and the Time Machine’. It is not yet a new music chapter. The new chapter begins now, this year.”

"Wasteland is undoubtedly one of the musically heavier and more emotional albums in our discography," says Michal Lapaj, the band's keyboardist. "On one hand, it goes back to our beginnings, there are many guitar riffs, dark and spacey elements. This is combined with a new, raw style that we did not have before and that gives the album a pretty explosive sound. We literally went through a "second life syndrome", and during the recording, we also consciously incorporated some elements of our second album (second life syndrome), making "Wasteland" somehow a "second life syndrome", part two."

Doors at 7:00 PM, show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $49, through

November 19, 2018
Steve Hackett at Place des Arts - show added
The irrepressible former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces his 2019 European Tour and will be in Montreal on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and just added, Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.

For the first time ever, Steve will perform the seminal Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. Released in 1973, the album went to No. 3 in the UK charts, has been described as 'the definitive Genesis album.' It includes firm favourites such as Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, Cinema Show and, of course, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). Other favourite classic Genesis tracks will also feature in the show.

2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve's most popular solo albums Spectral Mornings and Steve will rightly celebrate this milestone by performing some of the masterpieces from the album.

Fans will also be treated to highlights from Steve's new album, entitled At The Edge Of Light, to be released in January 2019.

Steve explains, "I'm thrilled to be performing the whole of my favourite Genesis album, Selling England By The Pound, which caught the attention of John Lennon in 1973. I felt that I was now playing guitar in the world's best band, and everything was opening up for us... Also I look forward to playing all the favourite songs from Spectral Mornings, marking its anniversary, plus new album tasters, as well as additional Genesis gems in a terrific grand slam!."

Tickets now on sale through the Place des Arts boxoffice.

November 15, 2018
Muse at the Bell Centre
The British group Muse will be in Montreal on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Bell Center, as part of their Simulation Theory tour.

Their new studio album,
Simulation Theory, was released on November 9 through Warner Music. The eleven-track record was produced by the band, along with producers Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback and Timbaland. Each of the album’s songs will be accompanied by a video.

When you purchase an online ticket for the Muse show, you will have the choice of receiving the CD or digital copy of the new Simulation Theory album. You will receive an email telling you how to get your album after buying your ticket.

Doors at 18:30, Show at 20:00. Tickets are available through evenko.

November 15, 2018
Iron Maiden at the Bell Centre
Heavy metal band Iron Maiden will be at the Bell Center on Monday, August 5, 2019 with The Raven Age as the opening act.

Bruce Dickinson comments, “We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe earlier this year. The production is based on our mobile game THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs. It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We’ve got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during Aces High, tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course we have Eddie, as you’ve never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I’ve had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it’s been fantastic, we can’t wait to bring this show to you!”

Steve Harris adds, “We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this Tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show. We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven’t played in many years like Flight Of Icarus, Sign Of The Cross and The Clansman with songs we know the fans want to hear like The Trooper, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Number Of The Beast, Fear Of The Dark, Run To The Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!”

For the 2019 shows, the band will, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a digital ticketing system in as many venues as possible, to assist in our battle against secondary ticketing. As always, we urge fans to only purchase tickets from approved outlets. Fans In the US & Canada will once again be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP upgrade package – full details here.

Show at 19:30. Tickets are $64.25 to $151.25, available exclusively through evenko. Tickets will not be available at the box office. The ticket limit is 4, and any order above the limit of 4 tickets will be canceled. Tickets will only be delivered as mobile tickets on your mobile device. You will need to present your mobile tickets on your mobile device to enter. Paper tickets will not be accepted. Tickets are strictly non-resellable and evenko reserves the right to cancel tickets listed for resale (or resale) at their discretion.

November 15, 2018
Brit Floyd at the Place des Arts
Tribute band Brit Floyd will be at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

The band is pleased to announce the first of a run of shows in USA and Canada, the 2019 tour entitled The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show BRIT FLOYD Another Brick in the Wall 2019 Celebrating 40 years of The Wall, plus much more. Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, returns to the stage in 2019 with its most ambitious and best production yet, a very special 40th Anniversary retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic rock opera, ‘The Wall’. Released in November 1979, a semi-autobiographical concept album from the mind of Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters, The Wall remains one of the biggest selling albums of all time, and an important moment in Rock music history. As well as performing a host of musical highlights from The Wall, Brit Floyd will perform classic gems from The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Division Bell plus lots more.

Doors at 7:15 PM, Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are available through evenko.

November 8, 2018
Dream Theater at Place des Arts
evenko presents Dream Theater on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Metropolis Pt. 2 Scenes from a Memory.

Two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans Dream Theater announce the forthcoming worldwide release of their 14th studio album, Distance Over Time on February 22, 2019, followed by a North-American Tour. Distance Over Time showcases a newfound creativity for Dream Theater while maintaining the elements that have garnered them devoted fans around the globe. The band will be also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album Metropolis Pt. 2 Scenes from a Memory, and will be playing in its entirety.

Progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater — James LaBrie (Vocals), John Petrucci (Guitars), Jordan Rudess (Keyboards), John Myung (Bass), and Mike Mangini (Drums) — share a unique bond with one of the most passionate fan bases around the globe as evidenced by their two Grammy Award nominations and 15 million records sold worldwide.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets available through evenko and at the Place des Arts boxoffice.

November 5, 2018
Arena back in Quebec City
After a sold-out show on their last visit in Quebec City, British prog band Arena will be back in Quebec City on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Salle Jean-Paul-Tardif (950, avenue Joffre, Quebec city) as part of the Double Vision 2019 tour.

Founded in 1995 by keyboardist Clive Nolan (Pendragon), Arena was among the leaders in the Neo-prog rock comeback in the 1990s.

The band is completed by 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. Subsequently, the group has forged its own identity. Arena has eight studio albums.

As part of its 2019 tour, the group will take this opportunity to present their new album, Double Vision.

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

November 3, 2018
Pink Floyd's Nick Mason in Montreal
Nick Mason, Pink Floyd's celebrated drummer will present his show "A saucerful of secrets" on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts.

Nick Mason is planning to perform some classic Floyd songs, but don’t expect “Comfortably Numb” or “Another Brick in the Wall.” Mason instead will be digging deep into the Pink Floyd archives to offer tunes not heard live in America for a long time, if ever. Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets will be jamming to pre-Dark Side of the Moon material.

“I really wanted to find something different and a bit quirky,” Mason told The Associated Press by phone from London. “I think, for me, what’s most interesting is to revisit the thinking behind some of these pieces.”

The band — which includes Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, longtime Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Lee Harris and keyboardist Dom Beken — formed this year in the United Kingdom after bandmates nudged Mason to make music again.

The tour will mark Mason’s first performances in North America since Pink Floyd played Giants Stadium in New Jersey in 1994 as part of the Division Bell Tour. The 74-year-old musician said he’s having more fun behind the drum kit that he initially expected.

Doors at 6:45 PM, show at 7:30 PM. Tickets on sale Nov. 5 at 10 AM through evenko or at the Place des Arts boxoffice.

November 3, 2018
An Evening With Mark Knopfler at Place des Arts
Mark Knopfler, the legendary guitarist of Dire Straits, announces his 2019 tour in support of his forthcoming ninth studio album, Down the Road Wherever, and will be at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place Des Art on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Knopfler’s ninth solo studio album, Down the Road Wherever, will be released November 16 on Blue Note. The album features 14 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including Knopfler’s early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray soccer fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon diner. In celebration of the new album, Knopfler is premiering the track ‘Good On You Son.’

This tour includes some very special offers for fans. North American ticket buyers will receive an offer for a copy of Mark’s new album with every ticket purchase. And all ticket presale customers will receive a complimentary live recording from the forthcoming tour. Expect more details on both these programs to be communicated over the coming weeks and months.

Show at 8:00PM. Tickets available through the Place des Arts boxoffice.

October 8, 2018
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

Glass Hammer - Chronomonaut : One of the most enduring prog rock bands from the US of A, Glass Hammer will release their 17th studio album on October 12, entitled Chronomonaut.

Bassist Steve Babb says the new concept album tells the story of “the ultimate prog fan.” Chronomonaut is a stand-alone album but also acts as a Part Two for the highly successful 2000 release Chronometree. Babb elaborates, “Our album deals with time travel, nostalgia and the love of prog-rock. Chronomonaut’s protagonist, Tom, starts his own band and then makes the attempt to go back to the seventies in hopes of becoming a prog-god. It’s all in fun and is really a very tongue-in-cheek look at how our favorite music can take us back in time.”

Steve Babb is joined by Susie Bogdanowicz, Aaron Raulston, and Fred Schendel. Guest appearances include Discipline’s Matthew Parmenter and Chris Herin.

“Immaculate storytelling, soaring and varied musical passages, an uncanny number of musical styles, and Bogdanowicz’s angelic voice combine to make Chronomonaut Glass Hammer’s most majestic album yet.” Brad Birzer – Progarchy

Check out Glass Hammer's Melancholy Holiday video from the new album Chronomonaut.

Here is the tracklist of

1. The Land Of Lost Content 1:54
2. Roll For Initiative 7:43
3. Twilight Of The Godz 8:13
4. The Past Is Past 9:56
5. 1980 Something 5:51
6. A Hole In The Sky 4:49
7. Clockwork 2:17
8. Melancholy Holiday 4:27
9. It Always Burns Sideways 5:49
10. Blinding Light 6:01
11. Tangerine Meme 3:05
12. Fade Away 10:27

The seventy-minute long Chronomonaut releases on October 12th, but fans can pre-order autographed copies of the album and limited edition t-shirts at the band’s website.

Available at all good independent record stores including Freeson Rock.

October 14, 2018
Terra Incognita 2019 in Quebec City - new band added
Back at the La Chapelle Art Center in Quebec City, do not miss the 15th edition of the Terra Incognita from May 17 to 19, 2019. A festival whose popularity is well established, tickets sell out quickly!

The latest band announcement is Airbag, from Norway, and among the groups announced so far: Finisterre (Italy), Izz (USA), Innerspace (Québec), ISProject (Italy), Bjørn Riis (Noway), Phideaux (USA), Basta! (Italy). There will be more band announcements soon, including headliners. Be on the lookout, tickets will go on sale very soon.

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.

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.

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

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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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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