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


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.

July 22, 2018
New World Men back in Brossard
Do not miss the excellent tribute group to Rush, New World Men on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the club Dix30 in Brossard.

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 12, 2018
Persefone and Heaven's Cry at Petit Campus
Andorran Prog/Death Metal band Persefone and Montreal's own Heaven's Cry will be at Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur Street East, Montréal) on Sunday, September 2, 2018, accompanied by Danish band Manticora.

Persefone will be headlining their first ever tour in North America this August/September, in conjunction with their show at the ProgPower festival in Atlanta.

Vocalist and keyboardist Moe Espinosa, comments: "It’s been a long time since we announced that we were preparing a North American Tour. Today, the day has finally come where we can announce the tour itself! In August we will finally cross the Atlantic to meet our fans and friends personally there and we simply cannot wait! Mexico, United States and Canada! A dream come true! See you all there!" The 10-show tour will take Persefone to some of the largest cities on the North American continent, such as Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

Persefone is bringing along the thrash/power veterans Manticora from Denmark, as support act on the tour. Manticora are releasing their 8th album in August – a concept album, following the release of the novel “To Kill To Live To Kill”, written by the band themselves, so the timing is perfect. Manticora has previously been touring the US as support for Jon Oliva’s Pain. Also as special guests for the Montreal date, Heaven's Cry, featuring Sylvain Auclair (Karcius) and Eric Jarrin (Despised Icon).

Show at 8:00 PM, tickets are $27.50, available through

July 10, 2018
Script Revisited with Mick Pointer in Quebec City
The Mick Pointer band will be in Quebec City on Saturday, August 18, 2018 to present its show Script Revisited. The event will take place in the auditorium of Cegep Garneau (1660, boulevard de l'Entente, Quebec City).

The show created by Mick Pointer, former Marillion drummer, is inspired by Marillion's first world tour. For this event , he surrounded himself with an all-star team, featuring Nick Barrett (Pendragon) on guitar, Mike Varty (Landmarq) on keyboards, Ian Salmon on bass (ex-Arena) and the excellent singer Brian Cummings (Carpet Crawlers).

Mick Pointer had the idea to present Script Revisited in 2013 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the tour. Subsequently, the group played in several European countries.

Fans of Marillion's Fish era will have their highest expectations met with the Script revisited show. It will be the first time that the Mick Pointer Band plays in Canada.

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

July 10, 2018
Gong at Club Soda
The space rock/progressive band Gong will be at Club Soda on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

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.

July 10, 2018
Lost Nebula in Montreal
Lost Nebula will be in Montreal on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Piranha Bar (680 Sainte-Catherine St West, Montreal).

Mexican power metal band Lost Nebula have announced that they will be making their way to Canada for the first time this year. The tour will take place over two and a half weeks in July and hit many of the major Canadian cities, including five dates in British Columbia. The band formed about five years ago out of the ashes of a project that bassist Harry Gonzales had begun working on several years earlier. Lost Nebula is both melodic and powerful, but there is also a sense of mystery to the group.

Over the years, the band has played several festivals and done many tours, both local and international. Thus far, they have released two albums and three music videos. Their sound is nice and listenable, but it can also satisfy those craving the heavy echelon of metal.

Tickets on sale soon.

Tour Dates in our area:
07/27 - Quebec City, QC - La Source de La Martinière
07/28 - Ottawa, ON - Cafe Deckuf
07/29 - Montreal, QC - Piranha Bar

June 4, 2018
New music
Cool new music from all around the world, here are some recent (and future) releases of interest:

Lunatic Soul - The Fragmented Sky : Lunatic Soul is Mariusz Duda, the talented creator, singer and multi-instrumentalist behind some of the finest and most captivating progressive music coming from Europe, including his output on UK label Kscope and with Poland's shooting stars Riverside. Duda is now releasing his sixth studio album, Under The Fragmented Sky on 25th May 2018. This new album is the companion to 2017's Fractured and the pinnacle of the first decade of Lunatic Soul.

Following on from last year's material, which covered content about grieving, hope and a fractured society, Under the Fragmented Sky rebuilds Lunatic Soul as we know it, with dark and haunting atmospheres coming to the forefront, taking its name from the lyrics of the 12-minute epic "A Thousand Shards of Heaven" from Fractured. Duda explains "Fractured is not a full picture of the latest Lunatic Soul recordings. These more classical pieces have been waiting for their own time which has now come. Under the Fragmented Sky will be both a supplement to Fractured and an artistically independent release with its own character and identity.

"It's a very unexpected and spontaneous release” - says Mariusz Duda -"Initially, I was thinking about a maxi single "A Thousand Shards of Heaven" with a couple of other tracks but the material had evolved so beautifully in the studio that I ended up with 36 minutes of brand new music. It's a truly enchanting album.

Under the Fragmented Sky is a music journey with very subtle electronics and vocal experiments, it's incredibly coherent and much closer to the mood of the earlier Lunatic Soul albums. Thanks to "Under the Fragmented Sky", the last red album will gain a fuller meaning and the whole Lunatic Soul discography will be enriched with another shade of my music fascinations, which have been suspended somewhere between life and death from the very beginning."

The album was recorded during the Fractured sessions at Serakos Studio, Warsaw from June 16-17, and finalised December 2017 and February 2018. The final track "Untamed" sees a guest appearance on drums for Wawrzyniec Dramowicz (aka Vaaver). The album was designed and illustrated by Polish artist Jarek Kubicki. The new album is 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

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 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
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 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 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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