Written by Scott Simpson on 10.02.15

Every year, Montréal En Lumière, the outdoor multi-disciplinary winter festival that culminates with the Nuit Blanche, expands its reach and increases its offerings.  Now in its 16th edition, the festival boasts performers from almost every discipline, from comedy to dance, and circus arts to music. This year’s music line-up is as strong as ever, with a combination of free outdoor shows at the RBC Stage in the Place des Festivals and many indoor shows throughout the city from the likes of Bryan Adams, Theophilus London, and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. We’ve come up with 8 artists spanning different genres that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

Alex Nevsky

Alex Nevsky_MontrealEnLumieres_Montreal When: Thursday, February 19th Where: La Tulipe How Much: $32.25 – Buy Tickets Style: Pop Rock from Granby Known For: Was named “Révélation Musique 2010-2011″ by Radio-Canada and 2x ADISQ winner [Facebook Event]

Christine and the Queens w/ Kadebostany

Christine and the Queens_MontrealEnLumieres_Montreal When: Thursday, February 19th Where: Métropolis How Much: $25.55 – Buy Tickets Style: Électro Pop from France Known For: Opening for Stromae, her debut album Chaleur Humaine went Gold in France [Facebook Event]

The Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip When: Friday, February 20th Where: Bell Centre How Much: $113.50 – Buy Tickets Style: Rock from Kingston, ON Known For: Releasing nine #1 albums in Canada, winning 14 Juno Awards, being inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame, and recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards [Facebook Event]

Hôtel Morphée w/ Bernhari

Hotel Morphee_MontrealEnLumieres_Montreal When: Friday, February 20th Where: Club Soda How Much: $22.50 – Buy Tickets Style: Pop Rock from Montreal Known For: Their critically acclaimed sophomore album Rêve Américain, which made its way into multiple Best of 2014 lists [Facebook Event]

Kongos w/ Sir Sly and Colony House

Kongos_MontrealEnLumieres_Montreal When: Saturday, February 21st Where: Métropolis How Much: $27.00 – Buy Tickets Style: Alt-Rock from South Africa Known For: The four brothers’ debut album Lunatic has steadily gained steam since its release in 2012, and they performed at Osheaga in 2014 [Facebook Event]

Pierre Kwenders

Pierre Kwenders_MontrealEnLumieres_Montreal When: Wednesday, February 25th Where: RBC Stage How Much: Free Style: Experimental rock from NYC Known For: The band’s prolific output, ever-changing line-up, and intense live performances [Facebook Event]

Elisapie

Elisapie_MontrealEnLumieres_Montreal When: Thursday, February 26th Where: RBC Stage How Much: Free Style: Pop from Nunavik Known For: Is also a documentary filmmaker, activist, and broadcaster. Used to perform with her band Taima, and has won multiple Junos. [Facebook Event]

Misteur Valaire

Misteur Valaire_MontrealEnLumieres_Montreal When: Saturday, February 28th Where: RBC Stage How Much: Free Style: Électro/Jazz/Hip Hop from Sherbrooke Known For: Their third album was shortlisted for the Polaris prize, and two-time ADISQ winners [Facebook Event]

Featured cover photo credits: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

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