Written by Kevin Horng on 26.08.15

September is back-to-school, so that means there’s a plethora of shows and festivals to keep us occupied (what homework?). Make sure you set aside the time to check out one (or more) of these fantastic shows in Montreal.

J. Cole x Big Sean

J. Cole Big Sean Montreal

When: September 4th, 2015
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: $58.25 – $95.25

Fresh off his new album Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole is taking his Forest Hills Drive Tour across North America with a stop to Montreal. J. Cole, along with Big Sean, will be playing at the Bell Centre on Friday, September 4th, 2015 to kick off Labour Day weekend in Canada. Alongside J. Cole is Big Sean who is another powerhouse hip-hop artist himself. The presence of the two is surely something not to miss out on, especially for the hip-hop heads out there. Rounding off the concert are YG, Jeremih, Bas, Cozz, and Omen.

One Direction

One Direction Montreal

When: September 5th, 2015
Where: Olympic Stadium
Tickets: $47.50 – $112.25

Tween fave group One Direction will be performing at the Big O (Olympic Stadium). With Zayn already doing his solo project, this might be the last performance in Montreal that they do as a group as the rumours of 1D splitting next year continue to stir. This is potentially a historical concert for the die-hard 1D fans that will do anything to see them together forever. Swedish electro pop duo Icona Pop will be also performing on stage with One Direction.

Piknic Elektronik

piknik electronik

When: September 5-7th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 2015
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Tickets: $13.50 ($15 for special events)

Piknic Elektronik will have a special three-day showing with the Saintwoods crew opening on Saturday, September 5th. The month of September sees artists like Lunice, The Celestics, Ryan Playground, Misstress Barbara, Molly, The Martinez Brothers, and so on. This is a month electronic music fans do not want to miss.

Modest Mouse

modest mouse montreal

When: September 8th, 2015
Where: The Metropolis
Tickets: $47 ($52 day of show)

Indie band Modest Mouse will be playing at the Metropolis on September 8th, 2015. Playing alongside Modest Mouse will be Canadian band Operators. For those who like to rock out to some indie music, this is a concert you’ll definitely enjoy.


madonna montreal (1)

When: September 9-10th, 2015
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: $52.50 – $385 (day 1)/$52.50 – $385 (day 2)

The one and only Madonna will be gracing the Bell Centre with her presence for a two day showing: one on Wednesday, September 9th and one on Thursday, September 10th. Her Rebel Heart Tour visit to Montreal will also be featuring world renowned DJ and producer Diplo. So for those who are a fan of Diplo, this Madonna concert might be for you too! Note: September 9th tickets went by quick and might have sold out!

Pop Montreal

Pop Montreal Festival

When: September 16-20th, 2015
Where: Various locations depending on the show
Tickets: Single tickets vary/$45 day passes/$175 super passes (early bird)

Pop Montreal will be having its annual International Music Festival during the 5-day span of September 16-20th, 2015. Pop Montreal is a non-profit collective that create and develop cultural festivals like their upcoming music festival. This year’s music festival sees music artists Jess Glynne, Le Youth, Kaytranada, Narcy, Motorhead, Shaydakiss, Suuns, and many more. Be sure to check out their website for full details.


passenger montreal

When: September 22nd, 2015
Where: The Metropolis
Tickets: $39.50 ($42 day of show)

If you remember the 2014 Super Bowl commercials and more specifically the Budweiser Clydesdale commercial, you’ll definitely remember Passenger’s “Let Her Go.” Passenger has become a superstar folk rock artist from the UK. Even if you’re not a fan of his music yet, his cause with UNICEF towards preventing children suffering from malnutrition in Liberia will help persuade you. His most recent album “Whispers II” is dedicated towards that cause with 100% of album sales going into the fund.


slash montreal

When: September 24th, 2015
Where: The Metropolis
Tickets: $47.50

On Thursday, September 24th, 2015, the legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash will be blessing the Metropolis in Montreal with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. For fans of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Slash in general, this is one concert you do not want to miss. This is your chance to watch rock n’ roll royalty live at the Metropolis!

MRCY Festival

MRCY festival montreal

When: September 26th, 2015
Where: Espace Montmorency, Laval
Tickets: $60/$100 VIP passes

This 1-day festival will be located in Laval but is easily accessible by public transit (just remember you might have to buy an STL ticket back to Laval (buy it in advance to avoid the crowd trying to buy tickets when going back)). From indie rock artists like Alabama Shakes and Local Natives to hip hop acts like Mac Miller and A$AP Ferg, MRCY Festival will tap into different variety of genres. Not only will there be music, but visual artistry will be present along with a flurry of food trucks to serve those down for some grub.


stromae montreal

When: September 28-29th, 2015
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: $62 – $83

Tickets for this show were sold out on the 29th but a second night has just been added to the roster! Stromae will be playing at the Bell Centre on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. The Belgian French-singing artist, known for his global hit “Alors On Danse,” has been an international breakout artist the past years with his electro hip hop pop sounds. If you can find tickets, this is another concert you won’t want to miss.

Stevie Wonder

stevie wonder montreal

When: September 30th, 2015
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: $62.50 – $175.50

Another legend will be visiting Montreal this September! Stevie Wonder will be performing on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at the Bell Centre. Stevie Wonder is undoubtedly one of, if not the, most important musical figures of our generation. From his soft R&B songs to his funky, soulful hits, Mr. Stevie Wonder’s music is something that you should definitely share with the younger generation!

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