Old Port fireworks viewed from Place Jacques Cartier
In the space that used to be occupied by Balroom Bar and le Swimming before it, Apt. 200 is throwing its first annual “house party,” an event that’s invite-only (contact the promoters here to see if you can get in), feat. a soundtrack by DJ Sagewondah and complimentary hors d’oeuvres until 10 p.m. 3643 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $30
I ♥ NYE 2014 is an open-bar affair with DJs Blaze, Engen & Groove spinning R&B, hip hop, house and Top 40. 2313 Ste-Catherine W., 8 p.m., $59 for the first 300 tickets/$79 for the next 500/$99 for premium open bar & VIP/$600 to $1,500 for a table/bottle service
At the resto-bar’s locations in Mile End and Old Montreal, there’ll be food, drink and dancefloor merriment with music by DJs Bliss and DeShawy (respectively). Two-to-five-course meals are available (with a starting price of $39), but reservations are necessary for those who want to nosh. 112 Bernard W. / 211 Notre-Dame W., 5 p.m., free entry. Call 514-272-0777 to reserve a table.
The people behind Speakeasy Electro-Swing host their first New Year’s Eve Party, promising electro-swing & blues music care of DJs Eliazar, Khalil, Don Mescal (with clarinetist Jean-Sébastien Leblanc), Pranapapa and Gwen, performances by la Troupe de Cirque Carmagnole and hula-hooper Jamye La Luna, a midnight ball-drop & complimentary round of bubbly and visuals fit for the majestic Bain Mathieu, which will be transformed into a “Prohibition-era madhouse,” and further enhanced by VJ BXL. The theme is “Swing la Bacaisse,” an old French saying akin to “Laissez les bon temps roulez,” and the dress code calls for pioneers, coureur des bois, trappers, cowboys & cowgirls, farmers etc. 2915 Ontario, 9 p.m., $30–$50
The poets, singers, MCs, dancers and musicians of local supergroup Kalmunity Vibe Collective lay their “live organic improv” on party people at le Belmont, with a live set by Jai Nitai Lotus and more music from DJ Bow Tie Willie. Tickets are available at the venue, City Styles (1186 Ste-Catherine W.) and online, here. Le Belmont (4483 St-Laurent), 9 p.m., $15/$20
The New Year’s Eve edition of Blizzarts’ Friday night hip hop weekly Get Nice promises top-shelf rap care of DJ Simahlak & friends, good vibes, drink specials and a round of champagne at midnight. Advance tickets are available at Off the Hook (1021 Ste-Catherine W.) and via Hip Hop Karaoke MTL. Blizzarts (3956A St-Laurent), 9 p.m., $10
Poirier and Kyou lay down heavy selections of reggae, dancehall, azonto, Afro-pop and cumbia. Beer specials and champagne at midnight are on tap too. Tickets are available at the bar or online here. 4328 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10/$15
If you’d rather get rowdy downtown, there’s the Bru Year’s Eve Bash, with musical guests the Album Covers, party favours and champagne at midnight. 1219 Crescent, 9 p.m., $10
Cabaret Lion d’Or
Cirque de Boudoir hosts the fifth annual Carnavalesque, a flurry of circus, burlesque & fetish performance with open bar and MC/host Plastik Patrik. Asian Carnival is the theme this year, and if you’re a VIP, there’s a VIP lounge, BDSM room and bar to play in. 1676 Ontario E., general admission tickets $50/$60, open bar 9 p.m.–12 a.m. $70/$80, VIP open bar 9 p.m.–12 a.m., $100/$125/$150, 514-398-0669 or email email@example.com
Get yer rock ’n’ roll at Underworld this year, with live sets by the Robert Lavoie Trio, Mighty Swells and the Men in the Gray Suits, DJ sets by Lucky Luc and Mathieu Beauséjour and drink specials galore. Tickets are available at Off the Hook (1021 Ste-Catherine W.), Aux 33 Tours (1373 Mont-Royal E.), Sound Central (4486 Coloniale) and Empire (251 Ste-Catherine E.). 1403 Ste-Elisabeth, 9 p.m., $10
Never fear, Montreal punk perennials the Ripcordz are throwing their annual party. 2031 St-Denis
Casa del Popolo
Casa’s New Year’s Eve tradition beats on with DJ bros Slutsky & Raf. K, champagne-style beverages and festive hijinx. 4873 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $10 before midnight/$15
For a tropical réveillon, hit up this St-Laurent hotspot for African/Caribbean music, where an African buffet, a round of midnight bubbly and a spread of lively sounds will be served. 4372 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $25
Fluid is a boozy NYE institution, an all-inclusive, four-bar event where admission, coat check, tips and, most importantly, alcohol are covered by the purchase of your ticket. 1225 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $70/$80 or $90/$100 VIP (includes access to three additional bars with seating), $175 Platinum VIP (includes bottle service, champagne, private lounge), plus service fees
Do it up different at Divan’s Balkan Gypsy Party, feat. live music by nine-piece gypsy-jazz-punk ensemble Roma Carnivale, DJ Touski on decks, VJ Ira on visuals, a hot and cold buffet including Balkan delicacies and specials on vodka. 4234 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $20 for the first 100 tickets/$30
Xavier Caféïne plays live and DJs Maxime Hébert, Ben Gromko and Cedric Marinelli fill out the soundtrack for l’Esco’s NYE bash, where there’ll be a round of champagne at midnight and perhaps some late-night karaoke. This is your last chance to party at the old Esco, as the venue shuts down for renovations for 10 days in the New Year. 4467 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $10 (includes one complimentary drink)
In an effort to please the different demographics that crowd into Montreal’s notorious alternative club complex, Foufs has a three-tiered party planned: on the ground floor, DJ Colt45 spins Foufs 101, ie. the ghost of Foufs past, classic alt bangers from the past 30 years; in the disco space, DJ Mutante spins dance music and the best of 2013; and in the garage, versatile cover band Polo et les Jeepsters play the music of Bowie, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Misfits, the Clash and more, with drink specials and a complimentary round of bubbly at midnight all over the club. Tickets are on sale at the venue, and through Admission. 87 Ste-Catherine E., $12/$15
Keenest Productions and Montreall.com offer up a two-tiered fancy-dress (that’s suit and tie) affair: option one includes a three-course meal, two bottles of wine per table and open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($175), option two skips the meal but includes open bar from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. ($95) and option three is simply a general admission ticket ($60), with optional bottle service for extra dollars. Any way you cut it, the floor at the 900-capacity venue will be jammed with revellers dancing to house, R&B, mash-ups, club anthems and Top 40. Le Grand Salon (1255 Jeanne-Mance), 8 p.m. SOLD OUT
The very same promoters have a second party going down under the same roof, at Six Resto Lounge, with music by DJ Angelo Esposito.Six Resto Bar (1255 Jeanne-Mance, 6th floor) 9 p.m., general admission starts at $35. Call 514-886-4183 for table/bottle service reservations.
Il Motore’s 2K14 features a special performance by Jayyce, 2014’s first karaoke night, first come first serve shrimp rings, chill vibes and beautiful people. 179 Jean-Talon W., 10 p.m., $5 before midnight, or anytime if you’re dressed in white/$10
Superstar DJs Adam Doubleyou, Cosmo and New Money play rap, house and all things funky at Korova’s NYE bash, entitled Twerk F.U.N.ERAL. 3908 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $8
Celebration 2014 is one of those all-inclusive bashes with open bar ($59 to $79), VIP access ($120), four levels of bottle service ($250 to $1,000) and music by DJs Spin, Fastbreak, Zoo, Arabica and Steve Watt. 1004 Ste-Catherine E., 9 p.m., $77/$99,
Ladies are invited to the NYE edition of monthly girls-night-out party Hot Sauce, with resident DJ Tizi and open bar from 9–11 p.m. 4521 St-Laurent, $20 (open bar), $10 after 11 p.m.
The third annual Slaves on Dope & friends New Year’s bash features live punk and metal care of Death Lullaby, the Catayst, Pronostic, Alleycat Traffic, the Bombs, the Grove, Kruhl, Evertrapped, Fist of Freedom, Green Jelly tribute band Cereal Killers, ’80s metal cover band Leather Up Your Ass, DJ Wax and of course headliners Slaves on Dope. Advance tickets are available at Piranha, Soundcentral (4486 Coloniale) and via Admission. 680 Ste-Catherine W., 7:30 p.m., $10/$15
Place Jacques Cartier
The Old Port’s annual fireworks display gets a musical boost this year with live sets by the Lost Fingers, accompanied by Valérie Amyot. 7 p.m., music at 10 p.m.
DJs Mini, Vincent Lemieux, Heidy Pinet and Matteo Grondini play this BYOB Little Italy party, feat. visuals by Emmanuel Lagrange Paquet. 6751A St-Laurent, 10:30 p.m.–8 a.m., $20 door, no presale
Quai des Brumes
The crew at the cozy Plateau bar lay this year to rest with a funereal celebration entitled 2013 Tu Peux Crever en Paix. Expect music by DJs Tits, Gran Commotion, Melyolo, Charrue, Badbijou and Al About, glitter, bubbly and some pleasant surprises. 4481 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $5
Deadly Jour de l’An, the the NYE edition of Deadly Mardi, has DJs Phil Clem and Joey El Napoleon spinning their signature gritty rock ’n’ roll sound. Expect a round of champagne at midnight and lots of mistletoe. 4479 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $5
Dina and Danik host a Factory-themed NYE bash, not of the Warholian factory, but “an experience down the Rabbit Hole, where candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” On the decks is disco master Thomas Promise, supported by DJ/VJ Zarfan. 5788 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10/$15
DJs Cherry Cola and Roxy Moron spin at the official launch of this new West End spot. 1726 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m., free
La Sala Rossa
It’s the NYE edition of Sala’s monthly soul/funk/space/beat dance party, the Goods, with resident DJs Scott C (NYE is his birthday!) and Andy Williams. Get advance tickets here. 4848 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $20/$25
Ring in the New Year in the Satosphère, which will be filled with the splendiferous sound and vision of Prison Garde (performing live), DJs Zubi, Hatchmatik and Kyle Kalma and VJs VJZef, Melesul3 and Jocool. Tickets are available at Cheap Thrills (2044 Metcalfe), Atom Heart (364-B Sherbrooke E.), Off the Hook (1021 Ste-Catherine W.), Moog Audio (3828 St-Laurent), Phonopolis (207 Bernard W.) and online here. 1201 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $20/$25
Les Samourais des Jungles Urbaines and Saintwoods present Omisoka, a big old BYOB NYE bash with a secret location (to be revealed 48 hours ahead of time here) and a secret headliner (hint: from Paris). We can tell you that the DJ team features Kaytranada, Jimmy Edgar, Lee Bannon, Elaquent, Dead Horse Beats, Pomo, Seb Diamond B2B with Kyle Kalma, Construct and Jay London. 9 p.m.–5 a.m., SOLD OUT
NYE Coalition is a secret-location party (what was once referred to as a “rave”) coproduced by Hardtimes Prod., Tekno Agricole and MTL. Bassix. The second annual edition of this event features a huge stack of DJs, musicians, VJs and a reportedly fierce sound system. For more details, consult the promoters’ websites (here, here and here) for more.
Bangcity MTL and BKLYN present Bang Bang You’re Mine, feat. music by Knifeandfork (BRDN, River Lance and the Shah), Shash’u, Sagewondah, Simahlak, Mursi and Andrewtay. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and buy advance tickets here. 10 p.m.–6 a.m., $15/$20
La Taverne Normand
Scour the thrift shops for some chic brown threads and head to this Plateau tavern for Bal en Brun with DJ FunkyFalz. 1550 Mont-Royal E., 10 p.m.
I Love Neon’s New Year’s Eve party is tight, bro. (Full disclosure: we’re a media partner on this one, so we’re biased.) Expect DJ sets by Tiga, Chromeo, Breakbot & Irfane, Ryan Hemsworth, Tommy Kruise, High Klassified, Guilty, Lexis and Mayday (spread out over two rooms) and open bar till midnight. 1280 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $35/$50/$65, iloveneon.ca
Sparkle & Glow, Hustle & Flow features resident DJ Psychology spinning the top jams of 2013 with interactive video mixing and complimentary bubbly just in time for the countdown. Bottle packages cost $225, $400 and $675. See more details and buy tickets here. 3709 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $20 in advance, more at the door
The St-Laurent space where Saphir used to stand has become a haven for the skate crowd, and they’ll be packing in for Adieu 2013, promising an hour of skating competitions on the indoor ramp (with $20 prizes being handed out every two minutes), music by DJ StillBroke, a live set by the Bros (playing covers of NOFX, Millencollin, No Use For A Name etc.) and (they say) the cheapest drinks in town. 3699 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $10 (includes coat check and one drink)
Dawn Tyler Watson and her band play the annual dinner party show at this jazz bar & grill downtown. 1254 Mackay, 8 p.m., $134.95 (includes a three-course table d’hôte). Reservations: 514-931-6808
Student Tours’ New Year’s Eve Club Crawl, which will be happening simultaneously in 12 other Canadian cities, starts at Gerts on the McGill campus and hits four (unnamed) downtown nightclubs via a party bus. Entry to the clubs is included in the club crawl ticket, and organizers promise that there will be no line-ups to get in. They also “absolutely guarantee that you will have the time of your life!” 3480 McTavish, doors at 6:30 p.m., bus leaves at 7:45 p.m., $29.30
DJ Mary Hell mans the decks at the first annual NYE bash at St-Laurent Blvd’s Wiggle Room, a sweet multidisciplinary party/performance space where Jupiter Room and Jukebox used to be. 3874 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., free