Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the better part of the past month, you might recall that earlier this month, I went off to Montreal, to cover M for Montreal (M pour Montreal in French), an annual conference and festival, which takes place over the course of four days in late November in Canada’s second largest city. Since the inaugural edition back in 2005, M for Montreal quickly expanded to feature a selection of over 100 emerging, buzz-worthy and/or breakout acts from across Francophone Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick and parts of Ontario), the rest of Canada and a selection of international acts playing in showcases in Montreal’s top venues.
After catching the opening night, delegate-only showcase featuring Les Shirley with Mentana at Le Ministére, I was feeling pretty adventurous, so I asked a local and fellow delegate, where I could catch some jazz. The local suggested that I check out Diese Onze on Rue St. Denis, a relatively short walk from where we were. Google Maps told me otherwise; but I still figured it out.
And as you can imagine, I was thrilled to catch a collection of local players that featured the Alex Bellegarde Trio with Erik Hove and friends. I took photos, so let’s consider this one some bonus M for Montreal/Montreal coverage.