Yoo Doo Right

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

It may sound appealing but don’t get fooled. There is no such thing as an underground city in Montreal. The «underground city» consists of corridors under constant renovations. If you like cinnabons and cheap shoe stores, you may find something appealing in it. Otherwise, skip this shit and go outside. Hang out at marché Jean-Talon in the morning. Walk down Little Italy and book a room at music city if you want to jam with your friends. Then go in Mile End. Grab a few bagels from either St-Viateur or Fairmount. Enjoy both instead of trying to decide which one is better. Nobody agrees or cares anyway. Let the wind guide you downtown, down St-Laurent or St-Denis. St-Laurent is better though. Stop everywhere you want for a beer or coffee. So yeah, the one thing to do in Montreal is to just hangout.

The one food place you should check out is…

Pre-show: There is nothing I like better than sinking a tall bottle of Kirin Ichiban while having that thick rich pork broth. I love ramens. I strongly suggest Yokato Yokabai. The Izakaya vibe is great, food is awesome, and it’s quite quick!

Post-show: Grab a poutine and some burgers at PatatiPatata. They use red wine to make their gravy, it is worth the mini line up you will probably encounter. Grab a beer while you chat with the cooks, waiting for your order.

If you are in the downtown area and craving for some hot dogs, why not stop by Montreal Pool Room, an institution, where you’ll get a few steamies and fresh cut fries, or poutine.

ABOUT THE INFAMOUS POUTINE: You’ve heard that poutine is a Québécois landmark. Now that they serve poutine everywhere, where should you get one? Not McDonalds, not Wendy’s and not in any chain, please! You’ll find a lot of greasy spoons where they make excellent poutine. Just make sure it’s not made out of frozen fries. Ask them if their fries are fresh cut. If yes, you should have a good poutine experience.

The one music venue you should check out is…

I am all about being close to the artists, I don’t like playing or attending a show in a big venue. To me, l’Esco is the best venue in Montreal, with its low stage and packed room. They open at four, so you can stop by after work for cheap beers and, hum, enjoy a soundcheck. Then later people will start swarming in and it’ll get warm. The show will be hot and sticky. You can also stay until 3 AM, for an almost full rotation of the clock drinking binge.

Don’t let this stop you from going to other great venues in Montreal. Among my favorite: Sala Rossa (great vibe), Casa del Popolo (cool pint prices, intimate but not too small), Ritz PDB (great staff, pool tables). I have never been, yet, to the new Turbohaus but it looks really nice and I heard only good things. I suggest you go in if you pass by.

The best record shop in Montreal is…

I love l’Oblique. I love Cheap Thrills. The punk in me will always stop by Soundcentral. Phonopolis is also aces.

The best place to grab a drink is…

Other than venues or l’Esco, I love going to Yisst, my neighborhood pub on St-Zotique street. They brew their own beer as much as they offer the best from other local microbrewers. I really like sitting at the bar and have three pints of «Garantie Prolongée», their American Pale Ale that goes down really fast. You can’t have just one.

The band/artist you should check out at M for Montreal is…

To me, Teke Teke is the band I really want to see. They blend Japanese ‘Eleki’ with more contemporary styles such as shoegaze, post-rock and noise. I have yet to see them. They blow everyone’s mind all the time. But I don’t want to go into auto-promo (yoo doo right is playing the same show) so I will stress that you check out Corridor. They are blowing up as we speak, you will definitely hear from them within the next year, and you absolutely need to go see them on Saturday night.

You can find out more about Yoo Doo Right by heading here.

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Foreign Diplomats

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

Call us (438-520-6492).

The one food place you should check out is...

Restaurant Maison Publique. Ask for Thomas, he'll bring you free booze. The menu is really seasonal, all the ingredients are from local producers/farms and everything is made in-house. Great spot.

The one music venue you should check out is...

Théâtre Fairmount.

The best record shop in Montreal is...

Cheap Thrills!

The best place to grab a drink is...

Le Mal Nécessaire.

The band/artist you should check out at M for Montreal is…

Choses Sauvages.

You can find out more about Foreign Diplomats by heading here.

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Zach Zoya

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

Walk down St-Laurent on a busy friday night. You're bound to meet a whole bunch of interesting people.

The one food place you should check out is…

Can't go wrong with The Warehouse, especially for a quick, cheap, but pretty delicious meal.

The one music venue you should check out is…

I personally love the Belmont because it has that small personal feel to it, and you're super close to the stage.

The best record shop in Montreal is…

I haven't been to any record shop since I got here... it's an internet thing nowadays.

The best place to grab a drink is…

If you're looking for a party ambience, there's no better place than Lavoute in vieux-port. Otherwise, The Darling is a cosy little bar full of oddities that's perfect for a chit-chat around a drink.

The band/artist you should check out at M for Montreal is…

Hubert Lenoir never fails to entertain me whenever he hits the stage, be sure to check him out.

You can find out more about Zach Zoya by heading here.

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Aaricia

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

Music related, if it’s summer go to Piknic Electronik, if it’s winter go to Igloofest. There’s always a bunch of festivals during those two seasons. You also really need to go get a bagel at Bagel St-Viateur.

The one food place you should check out is…

I love brunch so in that optic I’d say B&M… or Fabergé.

The one music venue you should check out is…

M Telus, formally known as Metropolis.

The best record shop in Montreal is…

There’s something really special about it but honestly, I don’t go record shopping.

The best place to grab a drink is…

It really depends what you’re into. To me, the best place is at a friends house or mine lol but if I’m going out I often find myself at Appt 200 or Furco.

The band/artist you should check out at M for Montreal is…

I’m a part of an album we made for the festival with a bunch of different artists from Montreal and the show is on November 16th at Le Belmont! If you like hip-hop, this is for sure not one to miss cause there’s going to be a lot of different artists. Otherwise, definitely go check out Zach Zoya. He’s my Mtl music crush right now.

You can find out more about Aaricia by heading here.

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Alexandra Streliski

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

Hang out drinking beers and cocktails and have a late night poutine with some random people you just met.

The one food place you should check out is…

Big in Japan on St-Laurent - an old diner that was converted into an Isakaya, Japanese Bistro. Try the pork buns. Or “Harbin” restaurant for dumplings! But that’s two… sorry!

The one music venue you should check out is…

If you like underground rock, go to L’escogriffe on Saint-Denis and grab a drink while a full band is playing a meter away from you. But my favourite venue is “Le National” on Sainte-Catherine’s street. Nice two story venue but still very intimate.

The best record shop in Montreal is…

Au 33 tours on Mont-Royal street. Passionate people.

The best place to grab a drink is…

Anywhere your feet bring you. But I’d say le "Vices et Versa”, especially in summer. Great selection of local beers.

The band/artist you should check out at M for Montreal is…

Rock/Pop = Les Louanges or Hubert Lenoir
Hip-Hop = Loud
Trendy electro pop = Milk and Bone
Hippie dance party = Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra

You can find out more about Alexandra Streliski by heading here.

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Lemongrab

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

Crash a party and blast some Duchess Says.

The one food place you should check out is...

Patati Patata for a good poutine and a claustrophobic experience.

The one music venue you should check out is ...

Katacombes if you are into skulls, l’Esco bar if you are into Quebecois rockers, and Casa cause it’s cool all around.

The best record shop in Montreal is...

Sonik for all of your rock and roll needs.

The best place to grab a drink is...

In the alley behind l’Esco bar or on our balcony sitting on a dangerous looking chair.

The bands/artists you should check out at M for Montreal are...

Fountain, Victime, Fet. Nat, Yoo doo Right, Corridor and Pottery.

You can find out more about Lemongrab by heading here.

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Lonely Parade

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

Go visit the Gibeault Orange Julep! It's a giant orange shaped building by the Namur metro station that was built in 1932. For a while they had roller skating waitresses. It's a good place for fast food (poutine!), hanging out on the hood of your car - you can even see the west side of the Mont Royal Mountain. It's also neat to see a part of Montreal other than the Plateau/Mile End.

The one food place you should check out is...

Patati Patata on St Laurent. It's a tiny fast-paced diner, we particularly like it for its breakfast but they also do a great poutine and have several vegan / veggie options.

The one music venue you should check out is...

La Plante in the Mile End. It's a DIY artist-run collective space/house venue. They take great care in curating a safe show environment, and I always like going to shows outside of a bar setting.

The best record shop in Montreal is...

Au 33 Tours on Mont Royal. It's affordable, they have a really good new arrivals sections, and some good rare finds for sure. It's also in our neighbourhood and there's lots of other cool stuff nearby to check out.

The best place to grab a drink is...

Notre Dame des Quilles (NDQ) on Beaubien. It's a queer bar named for its old-fashioned bowling alleys (quilles = bowling). A good spot for dance nights, or quiet drinks with pals. They frequently host queer events like Lesbian Speed Dating, themed dance parties, and karaoke. They have an affordable and good drink selection (cocktails and cheap sangria pitchers), and there is an in-house pizzeria that in our opinion serves the best slices in town (Pizzeria Bouquet). It's also in one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Montreal.

The band/artist you should check out at M for Montreal is...

Fet.Nat ! They're playing on Friday, Nov 16 at the M for Mothland Showcase at La Sala Rossa. They're a bizzare, dark french Canadian Jazz / punk / experimental band from Hull, QC. They've been a favourite of ours for a very long time, totally unlike anything else we've ever heard.

You can find out more about Lonely Parade by heading here.

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Tess Roby

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

Make sure you’re here in the summer!

The one food place you should check out is...

St Viateur bagel.

The one music venue you should check out is...

Phi Centre.

The best record shop in Montreal is...

La Rama and Phonopolis.

The best place to grab a drink is...

Bar Kabinet.

The band/artist you should check out at M for Montreal is...

Ouri and Helena Deland.

You can find out more about Tess Roby by heading here.

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Christian Sean

Montreal Q&A

The one thing you should do in Montreal is…

That really depends on who you are. Montreal is a wildly diverse city with many secrets. I would say, don't waste your money on the Olympic Stadium. Instead, walk to the top of the Mont-Royal and have a picnic with someone you love.

The one food place you should check out is…

A block away from where I live there's a restaurant called Agrikol, aka Win and Régine's joint. They serve delicious Haitian food and play some sweet Zouk. Just yesterday I had an amazing vegan dish with pumpkin and rice. The restaurant is also attached to Ti-Agrikol, a dancefloor where they organize amazing tropical dance parties.

The one music venue you should check out is…

That's a tough one, but I would recommend Club Balattou on Saint-Laurent. It's an old strip club with mirrors all over the walls that's been converted into a music venue. They're dedicated to African, Latin, Caribbean and Arab music. If you're into dancing and not trying to look cool, then this is the place for you.

The best record shop in Montreal is…

There are many great record stores here. But in my opinion, Montreal's most resourceful one remains its biggest: Aux 33 Tours. They have all sorts of hidden crates filled with rare sound FX, spoken word and forgotten mystics of improvisational New Age; all ideal sources for sampling. They have a mighty Classical and Jazz section with intriguing imports from all over. They also have overpriced Lady Gaga records if you're into that.

The best place to grab a drink is…

If you're like me and you're mildly allergic to trendy places and want some real fun, then there's this amazing Korean karaoke on Crescent street called K bar. You get your own private booth and they come with this cool monitoring system with vocal FX. They serve beer and have this massive catalog that includes anime theme songs and thrash metal.

The band/artist you should check out at M for Montreal is…

The one concert you should not miss this year is Helena Deland. She's the most skilled songwriter coming out of Montreal right now and is someone I've known personally and admired for a long time. She writes these unbelievable songs that just keep haunting you better and better as time goes by. Her band is really distinctive and is composed of very unique musicians. Don't miss out!

You can find out more about Christian Sean by heading here.