As music fans wander the grounds of the city’s major festival this summer and fall, they’ll be treated to what are promised to be “uniquely Montreal experience(s) … with participatory, artistic and multidisciplinary activities” as part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Free events will be going down at the Jazz Festival (in Place des Festivals and Metropolis), at block parties presented by Osheaga and île Soniq (at the Van Horne overpass and Peel Bassin, respectively) and at POP Montreal (on the roof of the Rialto Theatre, a first for the historic Mile End structure).
Sessions 375 spokesperson Nicolas Ouellet describes the concept as one that “speaks to audiences of all ages,” allowing them “to discover artists from a number of different fields, some very well-known and some more underground, a great way to really feel the wide range of the best sensations Montreal has to offer.”
Sessions 375 will get its festival season debut next week on day one of the Jazz Fest. Among the activities on Wednesday, June 28, Montreal acts the Franklin Electric, Plants and Animals, Milk & Bone, Half Moon Run and Coeur de Pirate will play outdoor sets in the Place des Festivals, and (also free of charge) Kannibalen Records will take over Metropolis with electronic dance music by Black Tiger Sex Machine, Apashe and Karluy Klub.
Stay tuned for more information about the series’ events to come, in conjunction with the other music festivals happening this year. ■