Passovah Summer Festival: Inside Touch + Saxsyndrum + Athens & more @ Piccolo Rialto

The third edition of the annual summer festival presented by local promoters Passovah Productions takes place this weekend. The cool thing about Passovah’s summer festival is that most of the shows are pay-what-you-can. Passovah co-founder Noah Bick thinks it’s important to include as many people as possible and the PWYC model ensures that no one is turned away. (Read an interview we did last year with Bick.)

This is my Passovah pick of the night, largely due to electronic synthpop duo Saxsyndrum. Alternately, take your pick of shows at Casa del Popolo or a special edition of Le Marché des possibles in collaboration with POP Montreal.

Doors open at 7 p.m., PWYC ($5 – $25 suggested).

Bummer + No Bones + Greys + The Dirty Nil @ Turbo Haus

Show starts at 8 p.m., $10 at the door or $12 with a copy of Steal the Nights, new 7″ by Bummer.

Alvarius B. & Sam Shalabi @ La Vitrola

Alvarius B. is the alias of revered underground musician Alan Bishop. Bishop will be joined by another seminal figure of the underground scene: guitarist and oud player extraordinaire Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect, Land of Kush).

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $12 at the door or in advance online.


Cepheid Flux + Alison Bayre + D.A.I.S.Y. @ 1180 Saint-Antoine

Show starts at 8:30 p.m., free.

Sam Shalabi & Alan Bishop @ 185 Van Horne

Show starts at 9 p.m.

Cousins X Passovah feat. Compton Chic + Phil Sparkz + Hua Li @ Club Lambi

Show starts at 9 p.m., PWYC ($5 – $25 suggested).


Passovah Summer Festival: Philemon Cimon + Nancy Pants + Daniel Isaiah + Technical Kidman & more @ Piccolo Rialto

Doors open at 7 p.m., PWYC ($5 – $25 suggested).

thisquietarmy + Tignor + Turnquist + Hellenica @ La Vitrola

Show starts at 8 p.m., $8 at the door.


A Tribe Called Red + AroarA + Pierre Kwenders + Masala DJs @ Place Émilie-Gamelin

Wednesday POP Montreal will be announcing their complete lineup for the 2014 edition. To celebrate, they’re throwing a mega outdoor party with free live music, a beer garden and food trucks.

Show starts at 5 p.m., free.

Looking to see some shows this week?


Man Man + Xenia Rubinos @ Cabaret du Mile End

Experimental multi-instrumental duo Man Man released On Oni Pond, their 5th full length release, in September after some time off. The band took the time between this release and 2011’s Life Fantastic to “reboot” and “reconstruct their sound.”

They’ve always had extraordinarily entertaining live performances to go along with their rollicking 50s-influenced rock n’ roll. Expect a party.

FIDLAR @ Il Motore

Skate-influenced garage punk band FIDLAR will make you feel young again, like you have no responsibilities and all there is to do is get drunk and hang out with your dumb friends. Fuck it, dog, life’s a risk.

No Bones @ TBA

Montreal’s No Bones are back from a short European tour and are throwing a party to celebrate the release of their self-titled 7″. This is one of those secret shows punks like to organize so there’s no announcement of the venue. The FB event says the address of the venue is on the tickets, which can be purchased at Sound Central (4486 Coloniale), Cheap Thrills (2044 Metcalfe), or online here.


5th Projekt + A Devil’s Din @ Barfly

If you didn’t check out A Devil’s Din last weekend when they played as part of Montreal Psych Fest, here’s your chance. The Montreal band is supporting Toronto’s 5th Projekt for what is sure to be a hauntingly cinematic psychedelic experience.