5 great little music venues in Montreal
5.O Patro Vys
Located on Mount Royal, a few steps from Saint-Denis, the small wooden sign displaying the name of the room is easy to miss in passing. But if you go upstairs in the long, narrow room, you’ll be treated to a chic place with a sweet living room vibe. The acoustics are clear and the sound impeccable: Multi-instrumental groups like Montreal indie pop group The Golden Tribe (playing there on September 20) will deliver studio-quality sound as they perform on O Patro Vys. On the other hand, the place does not seem to be open to more spirited types of music. Shoegaze seems to be the “heaviest” musical genre you can catch on the spot. This is a disappointment for fans of harder music as it is a good size and very enjoyable venue.
4. TRH bar
The TRH Bar is reminiscent of what Foufounes Ãlectriques was in the 80s and 90s: a raw, chic and classic punk place. The first floor has an indoor pool for skateboarding for all KickFlippers and the second floor has a very well-designed stage and dance floor, with a skate ramp right next to it. The experience of watching your favorite punk, rock and hardcore bands perform while you have daredevils flying off the ramp a few feet away is one of a kind. Unfortunately, the hall often seems to lack good sound, which is a problem when the stage numbers are not of the punk genre.
This newcomer brings a concept that Montreal venues haven’t seen for a long time: a large loft-style room, a stage of the perfect height and size, a long and wide dance floor, a bar serving drinks for that the spectators are relaxed and loud, and a raised area to set up merchandising tables. This venue is everything we could have asked for, and it’s worth sacrificing your breath as you walk up those three flights of stairs to enjoy the great sound quality. I have only seen one show at Vitrola so far, but I was impressed with the experience. If you would like to attend a show at Vitrola, you can check their schedule on their website lavitrola.ca
2.Il Motore (APB Bar le Ritz)
If it weren’t for his remote location, Il Motore would be number one. Unfortunately, the blue line is not the most convenient crossing point when attending a show that ends after 11:00 p.m. sound, a good view of the stage from anywhere in the venue, a long bar for anyone who likes a drink, and a long L-shaped wooden bench on the right side of the stage if you want to sit down to enjoy the show. Il Motore will soon change its name to “Bar Le Ritz” and will be officially relaunched on October 9, with a free evening with surprise performances.
1. La Sala Rossa
La Sala Rossa has been around for a long time – I’ve seen countless shows there since 2005, and it never disappoints. The Victorian design, the red painted walls and the giant chandelier on the ceiling give the old spanish club its particular charm. The stage height is perfect for any acrobats who love to dive on stage, and the large room gives you plenty of elbow room. Go enjoy an excellent Spanish paella at their restaurant on the ground floor, then head to the showroom for a high sound quality performance for all genres. Be sure to catch Twitching Tongues, Code Orange Kids, and Harriers on October 6.