Written by Scott Simpson on 19.08.14

Arcade Fire are back in town with some pretty awesome friends, Piknic Électronik gears for its annual Labour Day weekend bonanza, and some legendary rockstars are dropping by Montreal; time to get Your Music Fix for the week of August 17th to 23rd:

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

After performing at the Amnesia Rockfest back in June, American heavy metal legends Alice In Chains are back at the Metropolis as part of their tour promoting their 2013 release The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, their first album since the death of former bassist Mike Starr. They’ll be supported by Hamilton rock band Monster Truck and Vancouver garage-rock band The Pack A.D. The Théâtre Corona is hosting a fundraiser concert as part of GOAL Lion’s Cup Soccer Tournament, which benefits local charities in and around Montreal. This year’s concert includes sets by We Are Wolves and Caféïne.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Melbourne native Max Posthoorn made the move to Montreal to discover its local music scene and make a name for himself as Nothinge, his lo-fi electronic project. He’ll be performing at the Divan Orange alongside other local artists such as LOWEBRAU, Velvet Glacier and Nina Harker.


Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Hard to believe, but Hypnotic Eye, the newly released 13th studio album by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, is their first #1 album on the US charts. They’ve embarked on a pretty massive North American tour, alongside English rock legend Steve Winwood, which includes a stop at the Montreal Bell Centre.

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Arbutus Recordshas carved a name for itself in the independent music scene with releases by the likes of Grimes, Blue Hawaii, and Braids. Joining the roster is Montreal-based four-piece TOPS, who are prepping the release of their new album Picture You Staring on September 2nd. Catch them alongside fellow Arbutus signees Doldrums at La Vitrola. Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is celebrating its annual Rue Ontario sidewalk sale with a free outdoor performance by a handful of local acts, including Heat and the band GQ UK calls “the most exciting band to come out of Montreal since Arcade Fire,” Motel Raphaël. Did we mention this is free? Because it is.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Parc Jean-Drapeau is where it’s at on Saturday, so here’s to hoping the weather cooperates! Piknic Électronik kicks off its annual 3-day Labour Day Weekend extravaganza with none other than UK wunderkind, and one third of The xx, DJ/producer Jamie XX. Later on that evening, and performing their last show on their Reflektor tour, local heroes Arcade Fire are back to perform a huge outdoor show and bringing some friends along for the ride, which include American rockers Spoon, who’ve just released their great new album They Want My Soul, and Baltimore electronic lovable weirdo Dan Deacon.


Sunday, August 24th:

Alice In Chains / Metropolis / 8:00pm / $54.50 (buy tickets)

GOAL fundraiser w/ We Are Wolves / Théâtre Corona / 8:00pm / $11.50 (buy tickets)

Tuesday, August 26th:

Nothinge / Divan Orange/ 9:30pm / $8 (at door)

Thursday, August 28th:

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Bell Centre / 7:30pm / $76 – $164.50 (buy tickets)

Friday, August 29th:

TOPS + Doldrums / La Vitrola / 8:00pm / $5 (buy tickets)

Motel Raphaël + Heat / L’Espace Public (outdoors) / 6:00pm / Free

Saturday, August 30th:

Piknic Électronik w/ Jamie XX / Parc Jean-Drapeau / 2:00pm / 15$ (at gate)

Arcade Fire / Parc Jean-Drapeau / 7:00pm / $62.50 (buy tickets)