Hey you! Looking for some shows to see this weekend, but can’t figure out what to see? Well you’ve come to the right place. Take a gander, or stay awhile, and check out some of these shows happening in our lovely city this week!

Thursday, November 7th: THe LYONZ

THe LYONZ, a Montreal-based DJ/production duo and art collective have just released their newest single, Fall. THe LYONZ had released their debut album Peace Beyond the Pines in 2015.

The muti-talented duo’s work reflects a focus on hip-hop and electronic sounds, but their musical style is diverse and also weaves in touches of jazz, reggae, house, and funk.

The group will be performing this Thursday at Bar Loic, so check out their show and hear their newest single, live! 

THe LYONZ perform every Thursday at Bar Loic, 5001 Notre Dame Ouest, from 10pm to 3am. Entry is free! Check out the Facebook event for more info.

Thursday, November 7th: Jade Bird

Jade Bird is a 22 year old songwriter and musician from the UK, which makes her wistfully soulful Americana sound all the more a pleasantly surprising plot twist. Her debut EP, Something American, hits the nail on the head, and her most recent release, Lottery, has already blown up.

Her music rests on the edge of indie pop and hints to country and folk. Its charming emotional introspective character plays like a glance into her own soul at the junction of traditional story-telling genres and a more contemporary indie sound. 

Jade Bird plays Theatre Fairmount, 5240 Avenue du Parc. Doors open at 7pm. You can purchase tickets through the Theatre Fairmount website.

Friday & Saturday, November 8-9th: Barfly’s 23rd Anniversary Party

Local hole in the wall, (but not fly on the wall!), Barfly, will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary this weekend with two separate shows featuring some of your favorite local bands!

The Friday show will feature Dead Messenger, Ian Blurton’s Future Now, and the Enchanters, and the Saturday show will include performances from the Fast Food Fairies, Ashtray Heart, and the Pop Sicles.

The shows will begin at 9pm for both days, but since Barfly is also doing a 23rd anniversary happy hour special from 4pm to 9pm, it might be in your best interests to get there a little early. 

Barfly’s 23rd anniversary party will take place at Barfly, 4062a St. Laurent Blvd, on Friday and Saturday. No ticket necessary!

Saturday, November 9th: Ghostemane

Florida-man, Eric Whitney, known professionally as Ghostemane, is a modern-day pioneer of the metal hip-hop genre, though perhaps that goes without saying. Ghostemane’s music career began with him playing in hardcore punk and doom metal bands, but he’s since transitioned to producing his own sound that seamlessly fuses together hip-hop and metal in dark and unexpected ways that are sure to chill your spine. 

Ghostemane plays Mtelus, 59 Sainte Catherine St. E. Doors at 6pm, show starts at 7:30pm. You can get your tickets through evenko.

Are you or your band playing a show in Montreal? Let us know at music@forgetthebox.net. We’ll do our best to include you in an upcoming Shows This Week, but, of course, no promises.

So what Montreal music options are there this week? Two rock shows (one of the indie and one of the heavier/punkier variety) tonight, a Jazz-Funk Explosion tomorrow and a festival dedicated to the Ukulele Friday and Saturday

Rebelle + Shotgun + The Kents + Mumu

Tonight there’s a great indie rock show going on at Casa Del popolo where four of the coolest bands you’ve probably never heard of will be taking to the stage. Headlining the event will be Wakefield Quebec’s own Rebelle whose seem to be doing something a little different by combining synthy electro pop and indie rock with fuzzy powerful guitar riffs in a way that is getting them attention as one of Canada’s up and coming acts.

Check out their track The Rapture to see what I mean (anyone else hear the intro riff to Fortunate Son at 2:30?) then check out a few more of their tracks to hear a band that clearly does not write the same song twice.

Joining them on stage will be three more Canadian acts in the form of Shotgun, The Kents and Mumu making this a four band bill all for the very reasonable price of $10.

Rebelle, Shotgun, The Kents and Mumu play Casa del popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Thursday, August 11th, tickets $10.

Montreal Uke Fest 

The title pretty much sums it up, this Friday and Saturday ukulele players and fans will congregate in the Plateau for the Fifth annual Montreal Uke Fest. As you would expect this is a fest with a highly interactive feel where people will be encouraged to participate in the performance as much as watch it.

It all starts Friday night with a strum along session hosted by the Ukulélé Club De Montréal where players of any level are welcome to add their four strings to the mix. On Saturday there will be workshops for up and coming players from 11 am to 5 pm at Casa del popolo and then Sala Rosa will host a uke centric concert starting at 7pm featuring Michael Wagner, U.K.E, Del Rey and Monika Cefis . For more info and tickets check out the Montreal uke fest website.

Strum Along Session takes place at Sporting Club 4671 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Friday August 12th, free.

Various Workshop take place at Casa del popolo, 4873 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Saturday August 13th, tickets and times through Montreal Uke Fest.

Michael Wagner, U.K.E, Del Rey and Monika Cefis  play Sala Rosa, 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Saturday, August 13th, tickets $25 in advance through Montreal Uke Fest or $30 at the door.

Debutant + The Lookout + Ashtray Heart

If full-on rock n’ roll happens to be your cup of tea, or moreover, your pint of beer, then head down to Barfly tonight to check out Edmonton rockers Debutant. This Alberta-based four piece is currently on tour to support their upcoming release Road to Nowhere.

In Montreal, they’re playing with local punk rockers The Lookout and Barfly mainstay rockers Ashtray Heart. “It’s a three piece and that’s too much already.”

Debutant, The Lookout and Ashtray Heart play Barfly, 4062A Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Thursday, August 11th, 9pm.

Montreal’s Jazz-Funk Explosion

File this under a show title that really says it all. Friday night, head down to Casa del Popolo if you’re in the mood for a jazz-funk explosion. The show features three really funky acts: L’escalier regulars Space Base, The Friendly Frogs Freak Show and Colorflow.

There’s also going to be a “Big Mama Space Coloured Freak Jam!” featuring members of the bands before the show. Yes, before. Over an hour before, to be precise, before the door officially opens.

Montreal’s Jazz-Funk Explosion is Friday, August 12th at Casa del Popolo, 4873 Boulevard St-Laurent. Doors at 8:30, show starts at 9:00, but the Big Mama Jam is at 7:45. $7. Tickets available through CasaDelPopolo

* Featured image from the Montreal Uke Fest Facebook Page

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