The Labor Day weekend is almost here and with that comes the end of summer. The long holiday weekend is for many the last opportunity to celebrate the season before temperatures drop and the summer of ‘17 is but a distant memory. With that being said, Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to celebrate summer one last time before ushering in autumn in New York. The final countdown is here so if you haven’t yet decided how you’ll celebrate we have one final pick for you that will have you speaking French. Or at least wanting to.
It’s no secret that we love Montreal, but honestly it wouldn’t be on our list if there was no hope for good music. That’s hardly the case and Montreal is always a sure bet. Montreal makes the cut because of the many events taking place all in one weekend. There are both outdoor events as well as special club events but we could think of no other place we’d rather be than Montreal.
This city has been one of our destination features where we highlighted both Piknic Electronic and afterhours club, Stereo. Both are reason enough to visit Montreal but with Labor Day also being a holiday in Canada there is even more reason to visit. Piknic Electronic will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a special event on Friday, September 1st with French DJ and producer, Sebastien Leger headlining. Also headlining this weekend will be Nicole Moudaber, Misstress Barbara, Ostrich, and Paskal Daze. Piknic Electronic is quite a unique experience, an event most cities don’t have, not even New York; but take a look back at our destination feature to learn more about this amazing event. Stereo will host Hernan Cattaneo, Danny Tenaglia, and Chris Liebing. Enough said.
Montreal is celebrating their 375th anniversary. In fact, the city has been celebrating all year long with special events, exhibits, art, concerts, fireworks, and anything else they can think of to mark the occasion. And what’s a celebration without a parade. For the first time ever in Montreal and in North America, MEG Montreal presents the Electro Parade, which will feature a number of local and international DJs performing in the streets of Montreal. MEG is the name for Montreal Electronique Groove and is a festival that will take place from August 31 – Sept 3. The Electro Parade is just one of their events happening this holiday weekend. Montreal joins the ranks of both Paris and Geneva who have a similar street parade. Techno Parade of Paris will serve as guest of honor with some of the DJs scheduled to appear including Agoria, Netsky, Paolo Rocco, Misstress Barbara, and Paul Kalkbrenner just to name a few. The Electro Parade hits the streets of Montreal starting at 2PM on September 2nd and will make its grand finale at the Place Des Spectacles. This is a free evenAnother event happening this weekend is called Expose Noir and will feature Amelie Lens who is highly regarded in the techno community and considered one of Belgium’s best exports at the moment. We’re really excited about this event as this will be the North American debut of Amelie Lens and our first time to hear her live. We had not heard of her until her recent appearance at the Awakenings Festival this past June and she definitely caught our attention. So much so, we previously featured her on Underground. This event is being dubbed as a warehouse art experience as the event will have a contemporary art exposition by Centerfold. The event will take place at Fonderie Darling, an industrial-style venue offering two distinct spaces. All phases of tickets are almost sold out so act fast to insure you get to experience what is sure to be a memorable night of “aural and visual artistry.” Amelie will be in charge of setting the mood but will no doubt bring that underground techno we know and love so well. This event also takes place on September 2nd will take place on Saturday, September 2nd from 10PM – 5AM.
So there you have it. One final top pick of events to celebrate the long holiday weekend. If you’re feeling adventurous, Montreal is highly recommended. Other than the events we’ve listed there is quite more to see and do in this amazing city. Can’t quite make it north of the border then check out our previous top picks of local events in NYC. We’d love to hear your feedback, or if you’re doing something this Labor Day weekend and you want to share let us know! We’d love to hear all about it. If you’re in Montreal this weekend, see you on a dance floor!!!