Posted in music | pictures on November 22, 2008

by Bill Pearis

Duchess Says
Duchess Says

M for Montreal is one of the Canadian city's many, many festivals (music or otherwise) - this one showcasing local bands they have dubbed "export-ready." (A few Toronto bands were invited too.) Festival bookers, music supervisors for TV, film and advertising, journalists and tastemakers were invited to town to check out the talent. While clearly more industry-oriented than most festivals, it's really well done: each night of the festival is on two stages within one club, so no overlap, no downtime. You see all the bands.

The first (11/20) night's highlight was definitely Duchess Says who are clearly loved in Montreal. Their electro-punk sound is fun, but they're absolutely electrified by frenzied singer singer Annie-Claude who more than once jumped into the sizable pit before pulling the pit onstage for a dance-party. She's a pistol!

The other notable act for me was The National Parcs, an environment-friendly hip hop/electronic/soul group who get their beats from homemade field recordings: we're talking the sound of banging rocks, babbling brooks, digging in the dirt...etc. And while I wasn't blown away by the songs, their stage show, which also shows off their considerable filmmaking skills, is a knockout multi-media experience.

Also played Night One: the hockey-loving, French-Canadian lumberjack punk of Les Dales Hawerchuk; Toronto's Sweet Thing, who were somewhere between The Killers and Muse; Pas Chic Chic injected a healthy dose of Kraut into their icy, Francophilic sound (of the first night, the group I'll likely listen to the most); and the sultry Lioness who brought a gothy romance to the night's proceedings.

Appologies to Kyle, Ryan, and the rest of the BV photographers for my point-and-shoot pics. More of them below...

Duchess Says...

Duchess Says

Duchess Says

Duchess Says

Duchess Says

Les Dales Hawerchuk...

lesdaleshawerchuk

Lioness...

Lioness

Lioness

National Parcs...

National Parcs

National Parcs

Sweet Thing...

Sweet Thing

Sweet Thing

Sweet Thing

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Comments (5)

Point and shoot nothin' -- these are great pics. It's all about the eye ...

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2008 12:01 AM

you might want to fix your blunder: it's pas chic chic, not pas pas chic. thought you'd like to know!

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2008 10:25 AM

how do you say 'pedantic' in french?

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2008 12:19 PM

re: duchess says. I somewhat agree with your reference of the singer as a pistol..she definitely made me want to shoot myself.

Posted by fawksey guy | November 25, 2008 11:19 AM

Islam is a religion of peace

Posted by منتديات | February 22, 2011 4:34 PM

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