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• Wednesday, May 25

The Jen Lane Band, with special guest, Melanie Brulée, at Quai des Brumes (4481 St. Denis) 9:30pm Tickets: tba 514.499.0467

• Friday, May 27

deacon George presents Redemption, songs recorded by Johnny Cash, written by Johnny Cash, Tom Paxton, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, John D. Loudermilk, Billy Joe Shaver, Sheryl Crow, Merle Travis, Hank Williams and several more. They tell the story of Johnny Cash’s life from free-wheeling Rock n' Roll drug addict to elder statesman of Americana, with special guest, Carole Pellatt, at the MadMonk Cafe, (MADison and MONKland, in NDG) 7:30pm (Doors at 7:00pm) Admission and refreshments are free of charge. Recommended for ages 14 years and older

• Saturday, May 28

Ewan MacIntyre, at Grumpy's (1242 Bishop) 10pm Free 514.866.9010

• Thursday, June 2

The Karen Young Choir—Strange Tales from the Isles, at the Outremont Theater (1248 Bernard Ave. W) 8pm Tickets: $33/$28 Seniors/$23 Students 514.495.9944

• Thursday, June 9

Chaim Tannenbaum, with Joel Zifkin, and Tom Mennier, at Upstairs Jazz (1254 Mackay) 8:30pm $15 514.931.6808

• June 10–

I AM THE BLUES, a film by Daniel Cross, (see the trailer-large) at Cinema du Parc

June 15–19

Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal

• Sunday, July 17

Ana Alcaide, at Parc de la Visitation (Quebec City) 8–9:30pm

• Thursday, July 21

Ana Alcaide, at Camp Musical (Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska) 7–8:30pm

• Saturday, July 23

Ana Alcaide, Festival International-Nuits d'Afrique, at Le Gesú (Quebec City) 8–9:30pm

• Sunday, July 24

Ana Alcaide, at Parc Chanoine-Fleury (Saint-Jean-Port-Joli) 2–3:30pm


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It's best to call the venues and confirm these Ongoing entries before going. I don't update these unless I receive messages with information to that effect.


Mariposa…Blues Café (live acoustic performances) 7pm–11pm (5434 Côte St. Luc Road, Villa Maria metro) 514.699.5951

Belfast Andi, Bob Cussen, at Hurley's (1225 Crescent) 3–6pm (except third Saturday of each month) 514.861.4111

BBAM! Gallery(3255 St. Jacques) 514.952.6190


Belfast Andi and Bob Cussen host an Irish session at McKibbins downtown (1426 Bishop) from 1–4pm

Belfast Andi, Bob Cussen, and Patrick Hutchinson host an Irish session at the Main St McKibbins (3515 St. Laurent) 5–8pm

Bluegrass Night at Barfly (4062A St. Laurent). 514.284.6665

Bluegrass Sundays, at Grumpy's (1242 Bishop) 6–8pm Free


Chick Pickin' Mondays at Grumpy's (1242 Bishop) 9:30pm 514.866.9010

Hillbilly Night at the Wheel Club (3375 Cavendish, below Sherbrooke). Free. Begins at 9pm 514.489.3322

Traditional Irish Music at Hurley's, welcoming musicians of all skill levels (1225 Crescent,) 8–11pm 514.861.4111

Lundi Trad, at l'Escalier (552 Ste. Catherine E) around 8pm


Drop the Gloves Tuesdays (open mic) at Grumpy's Bar (1242 Bishop) 514.866.9010

Open mic at the Arts Cafe (201 Fairmount/Esplanade) 514.843.6415


Colin Perry & Blind at Barfly (4062A St. Laurent) 514.284.6665

Irish sessions, at O'Regan's Irish Pub (1224 Bishop). Something for beginners and experienced musicians. 8–11pm

Traditional music jam, at Vices & Versa (6631 St. Laurent), with Pascal Gemme, Yann Falquet (Genticorum) and guests. 9pm Free 514.272.2498


Moonshine on Thursday (bluegrass & old-time jam) at Grumpy's Bar (1242 Bishop) 514.866.9010

Coeur de Village (St. Isadore)

Café Mariposa (live acoustic performances) 8:30pm–12:30am (5434 Côte St. Luc Road, Villa Maria metro) 514.699.5951

Blues Jam Night, at the Unik Bar (805 Decarie, Ville St. Laurent) 9pm–1am 514.744.5345 Bring your instruments

Open mic night, at Coop la Maison Verte, the first and third Thursdays each month (5875 Sherbrooke W) 7–10pm Free All welcome! Beginning December 4th

Swift Years, at l'Escalier (552 Ste. Catherine E) second Thursday each month 10pm


Open acoustic session, from 7–9pm, at the Pub Next Door, (5175 Sherbrooke W., corner Marlowe), hosted by Belfast Andi, Bob Cussen, and Patrick Hutchinson

Open Stage at The Yellow Door hosted by Marc Nerenberg on Friday nights. Three songs or 20 minutes, whichever comes first. Come before 8:30 and sign up. No telephone sign-ups or prior reservations — just show up. Bring friends. Admission is free. (3625 Aylmer)

Finegan's First Friday: Old time/bluegrass music circle, the first Friday of the month, at 5202 Queen Mary Road

First Friday of each month: "Popular & lively Country Western evening at beautiful Kelso Hall, a not-for–profit arts centre in a beautiful old former church, brings together performers and fans of Country & Western for live music, dancing, and refreshments. 7:30pm. For all. Free admission, donations accepted. (897 2nd Concession Rd., Elgin, Qc.)" For more info and directions or 450.264.9786

Second Friday of each month: Vintage Wine's Rock and Roll Dance Party, doors 8pm, music 9:00pm–12:30+ at The Wheel Club, (3373 Cavendish; below Sherbrooke W., NDG) $10 — tickets at the door.

Second and fourth Friday: BluesReel, at at l'Escalier (552 Ste. Catherine E) 6–8pm

Side Door Coffee House (12450 Gascon, Pierrefonds) 8pm $10 Isabelle 514.658.1630 or Val 514.696.3369 (October to May)

Friday Night Hootenanny, at Mainline Theater (3997 St. Laurent) 9:45pm–11:45pms

The Yellow Door

Gigzz Musique-Resto (55 Lambton St., Ormstown) 8–9:00pm. Open mic 7:00 and 9:00pm. Reserve early to guarantee a seat (reservation also means you will be dining). 514.217.1465/514.800.4244

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Festivals/Camps 2016

February 12–14: Winterfolk XIV Blues and Roots Festival (Toronto, Ont.)

March 4–7: Winter Folk Camp, YMCA Wanakita (Haliburton, Ont.)

April 21–24: Ottawa Grassroots Festival

April 28–May 1: MerleFest (North Carolina)

May 7–10: La Grande Rencontre, à la PdA au coeur des Sciences de l’UQAM

May 26–29: Ste. Catherine Street Comes Alive with One Wo/man Bands!

June 15–19: Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal

June 24–26: Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music & Dance (Altamont, NY)

June 19–25: Northeast Heritage Music Camp (Starksboro, Vermont)

July 1–3: Chants de Vielles (Village de Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, QC)

July 1–3: The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canso, Nova Scotia)

July 8–10: Mariposa Folk Festival (Orillia, Ontario)

July 8–17: Tremblant International Blues Festival

July 8–10: Vancouver Island MusicFest

July 15–17: Neely G Festival of Music (Long Creek, New Brunswick)

July 21–24: Calgary Folk Festival

July 27–28: le Festival Memoire et Racines (Joliette)

July 22–24: Dawson City Music Festival

July 31–August 2: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Dodds Farm, Hillsdale, N.Y.)

July ?: Blue Skies Music Festival

August ?: Hudson Music Festival

August 4–7: Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (Nova Scotia)

August 12–14: Kingsville Folk Music Festival (Ontario)

August ? (Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm): Saint-Jérôme Folk

August ?: Valley Stage Music Festival (Huntington, Vermont)

August 10–14: Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke

September 2–4: Shelter Valley Folk Festival (Ontario)

September 14–18: City Folk (Ottawa)

September ?: Branches & Roots Festival (Ormstown)

October ?: Les Rendez-vous ès TRAD de Québec (Québec City)

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