When Pop Montreal finished on Sunday we officially closed up the music festival calendar for Montreal in 2016 and now we get to settle into the fall/winter music scene. Just because it’s no longer sunny and 30 degrees every day doesn’t mean you get to stay home, there’s some great shows coming up and this week is no exception.

Lisa Leblanc

On Thursday the Théâtre Corona will be hosting an evening with New Brunswick native Lisa Leblanc who will be debuting her most recent album Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? which is set for release on September 30th. The Acadian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has hits in both official languages and this new release, her second full length album, promises to be an extension of her unique brand of music.

I don’t know if “garage folk” is a term but it’s probably the best way to describe Lisa’s music. Witty, sarcastic, satirical, somewhat self deprecating lyrics are mixed with banjos and drums to form fun catchy songs that still manage to be serious when they need to be.

Lisa Leblanc plays Théâtre Corona, 2490 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest , Thursday, September 29th, 9:00pm (Doors at 8:00pm), $17 in advance or 19 at the door, ticket through box office.


The Temperance Movement + The Sheepdogs

If you’re looking for the coolest rock show of the week that would have to be over at Petit Campus on Thursday for the double bill of UK blues-rockers The Temperance Movement and Saskatoon’s own The Sheepdogs. Either one of these bands is worth the price of admission on their own, whoever thought to team them up gets a gold star on their report card for the course “Show Promoting 101.”

We’re just going to assume a Canadian bias here and say that you already know about the Sheepdogs so let’s introduce you to The Temperance Movement. Formed in 2011 this collection of musicians who’ve all been part of other musical projects too numerous to list decided to team up and build something new.

They recently released their second album White Bear and have been on tour in support. As usual it’s best to let the music do the talking so here’s the title track from that release.


The Temperance Movement and The Sheepdogs play Le Petit Campus, 57 Prince-Arthur East, Thursday, September 29th, 8:00pm, $23.75 through box office.


Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders + Julia Jacklin

Also on Thursday night, Divan Orange will be hosting New Zealand born singer/songwriter Marlon Williams who is currently on tour giving fans the full indie rock experience with his backing band The Yarra Benders.  Marlon has gone on record stating that when he sings a song he always gets into character, an interest twist that makes his music that much more universal.

Opening the evening will be  Julia Jacklin, an artist to watch for in the future as she is set to release her new album Don’t Let the Kids Win on October 7th while simultaneously on a world tour. I suppose Julia is much more passionate about music then about getting a good night’s sleep!

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders and Julia Jacklin play Le Divan Orange, 4234 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Thursday, September 29th, 9:30pm, $16.50 in advance through Divan Orange or $18 at the door.

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards + Dietrich Strause

For those interested in Folk music, Sunday night at Casa Del Popolo will feature Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards and Dietrich Strause. The best way to describe the style of music for this show would be to use the oxymoron “modern folk.”

Both these artists draw heavily on traditional folk roots but are hardly rehashing their grandparents’ music. Something new that’s a combination of a few different genres that still feel rooted in the past.

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards and Dietrich Strause play Casa Del Popolo, 4873 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Sunday October 2nd, 7:30pm, $20 in advance ($10 for students) through lfttckt or $23 at the door ($13 for students).

* Featured image of Lisa Leblanc: thebluegrasssituation.com

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