It’s that time of year again when the Gala alternatif de la musique indépendante du Québec hands out awards to outstanding acts from the Quebec independent music scene. This year’s event marks the 9th year straight for GAMIQ — which is cool in its own right — and features 95 artists up for nominations in 18 categories and 11 live performances. The party is at Montreal’s Plaza Theatre this Sunday, November 30 – you know, I’ll be up in there on my interview grind.

There are so many nominees, as there are every year and listening to them all before writing this article wasn’t really manageable. But yo, I did get in some strategic listening. First, I played a few dark melodic tunes from Oktoplut — and I know, what a name, right!?! These guys are real good at that dark, drop-tuned, almost grungy sound that takes you back to Seattle circa ’94, except the melodies are much closer to contemporary standards. I’m actually pumped to see these guys take the stage, I might even hit the pit on this track:

Like I was saying, there are a ton of categories from hip-hop to folk and the performers that night are a fittingly eclectic mix of acts that seem, more or less, to be pretty fresh – and you know I’m hard on arts so if I’m telling you it’s fresh, it just may be. I wonder if the event is catered…

So, yeah— you want to know who I’m most wound up to see? THE POSTERZ. These rap cats are from Little Burgundy if I’m not mistaken and they know how to get it crunk. As far as lyrics are concerned they’re not the sharpest I’ve heard, but yo, these guys can flow and the beats are gully to the max. Big juicy bass drops and sick production. It’s this hyrid hip-hop dance music that’s on the edge of becoming the next big trend in hip-hop. They do a remix of XXYYXX’s “About You”, which goes to show where their ears are at.

Other acts include: Dear Criminals, Jesuslesfilles, Pépé et sa guitare, Panache and the whole thing is hosted by the ever live Tanya Beaumont. I’m gonna interview The Posterz for sure, and some others. But I’m gonna keep who secret for now just so you’re on your toes. So yeah, if you’re down to chill I’ll be at the function live, pointing my camera at whatever I see that’s beyond the quotidian. Hit me up.

The 9th edition of GAMIQ takes place Sunday, November 30 at Théatre Plaza. Doors open at 7 p.m., $20 at the door and in advance online via GAMIQ

Get out there and see these shows this week!


Radio Radio + Dead Obies + Beat Market @ Université de Montréal (Place de la Laurentienne)

Starts at 7 p.m., free.

Alex Pelchat, Eric Lewis, John Heward & friends @ La Poêle

Alex Pelchat is a Montreal experimental musician. Even if you don’t recognize the name, you may be familiar with many of the projects he has a hand in. He plays in Drøm Før Du Dør, *Shining Wizard* and Gens Chrétiens in addition to his solo act. He also helped found the Misery Loves Co. tape label with other Montreal musicians. He has also been a steady fixture of the Montreal improvisational and experimental music scenes, having participated in Mardi Spaghetti — a weekly improvised music series at Le Cagibi that started in 2008 — and organizing Noïsundaéè — another weekly music series showcasing anything that can be described as weird or strange that happens Sunday afternoons at La Plante.

Show starts at 7 p.m., $10 suggested contribution.

10 years of Divan Orange: PyPy + Jesuslesfilles + DJs Bonnes Manières @ Divan Orange

Doors open at 8 p.m., $14 at the door.


Montreal Psych Fest @ La Vitrola

This city’s only festival dedicated exclusively to psychedelic music is back for a third consecutive year. Starting on Friday, this year’s festival presents three nights of performances featuring Pachyderm, The Backhomes, Les Marinellis, Red Mass and The Auras.

Friday and Saturday shows start at 9:30; $10 at the door before 10 p.m., $15 after. Sunday show takes place at l’Escogriffe at 10 p.m., $10. 


Beat Market + Fonkynson + Le Couleur + French Fox @ Bassin Peel

Parcs Canada in collaboration with Lisbon Lux Records are presenting this free, two-day outdoor event showcasing some of the best of the Lisbon Lux roster.

Saturday show takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday show takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

Grump + Bearmace + Perverted Justice @ l’Escogriffe

Doors open at 8 p.m., $5.

The Growlers + The Garden + Nancy Pants @ Bar le “RITZ” P.B.D. (formerly Il Motore)

Doors open at 8 p.m., $15 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or at the door.


Russian Circles + The Atlas Moth @ Cabaret du Mile End

Doors open at 8 p.m., $18 in advance via Blue Skies Turn Black or $20 at the door.


Naomi Punk + Harsh Reality + Goddard x Pelchat @ La Plante

Doors open at 9 p.m., $5 or PWYC.


Windhand + All Them Witches + The Great Sabatini + Mountain Dust @ Petit Campus

Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $13 in advance online via Petit Campus and at Soundcentral, Aux 33 Tours or Cheap Thrills; $15 at the door.

Witching Hour presents Filthy Haanz + Nanimal + Superbloom + Primitive Hands @ l’Orage Club Échangiste

Witching Hour is a collective of Montrealers that includes musicians, artists, educators, writers, photographers, filmmakers and activists. All of their events feature live music and electronic DJs to supplement other media being presented, be it film, live body painting or yoga. This event will feature their usual varied lineup of live bands and electronic DJs, plus a body painting presentation, ‘an etheric healing chamber with palm reading and shamanic pracitices’ and much more.

Event starts at 9 p.m., $15 or $5 upon presentation of a POP Montreal festival pass.