THURSDAY JULY 4
10:30pm. Editorial Magazine Launch Party @ La Brique, 6545 Durocher, #402. Editorial Magazine launches its eighth issue with live music performances and cheap (free for early arrivals) beer. $6 cover, proceeds go towards their next issue.
FRIDAY JULY 5
9pm. Quebec Redneck Bluegrass Project @ Le Divan Orange, 4234 St-Laurent. An eclectic group of self-proclaimed “Quebec exiles” will rock the Divan Orange stage with their folky-hillbilly sound. Check out the Quebec Redneck Bluegrass Project here.
SATURDAY JULY 6
8:30pm. Xavier Rudd @ Metropolis, 59 St-Catherine East. The Montreal Jazz Festival presents an incredible line-up of acts this year, not least among them being Xavier Rudd. This Australian singer/song-writer adheres to a very unique and amazing surf/roots genre that will immediately charm you (if his blue eyes don’t charm you first). Tickets are $41, and you can buy them here.
SATURDAY JULY 6 & SUNDAY JULY 7
Noon. Dirty Dogs @ Madhatters, 1208 Crescent. In case you missed their last hot-dog-infused event, Dirty Dogs Montreal present their gourmet hot-dog wares over two afternoon/evenings at Madhatters. Rumour has it their wieners are delicious. You heard me. Serving until 11pm daily.
Weekends du Monde @ Parc Jean Drapeau. Each summer, culture collide during Parc Jean Drapeau’s Weekends du Monde. An international assortment of musicians, artists, foodies, and more descend on Île Sainte-Hélène for two consecutive weekends (July 7-8 and July 13-14). This weekend will feature Jamaican, Peruvian, and Cuban festivities, among others; check out the full program here. If the crowds and heat become unbearable, wander along the bike paths and shoreline, and nap in the shade along the water. Parc Jean Drapeau is truly a lesser known summer haven within Montreal!
SUNDAY JULY 7
Montreal International Jazz Fest @ Quartier des spectacles, Place des arts. The nice weather has not been very forthcoming so far, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out Jazz Fest while you still have the chance. It ends this Sunday; here are our top picks! Don’t let the rain get you down, Montreal!