11 parties to shift your poles this weekend

The best DJ nights, dance parties and legends on stage in Montreal right about now.

shineIt took me a little longer than I’d have liked to get back from the holidays but I was busy catching up on every single Twitter rap beef and subsequent self-approving bit of underlying racism in comments online. You people are nutty.

Yeah, I said “you people.” I include myself.

But I had some real conversations here and there, about this and that, with people who make actual things happen in, around and outta town. And the state of the union is Shine. The city is lookin’ good. I do believe 2015 will make our music scene proud.

The rest of the world, maybe not so much. It’s really real out there so far this year. People are even scared about the polar shift again. You know, the one that late-night conspiracy radio says will demagnetize our memories and throw the planet into darkness, leaving us all blinded, howling, blood-thirsty zombies? Geez, imagine that.

And now today, the symbolic “doomsday clock” has us ebbing ever closer to midnight.

So since I’m way past too late to wish you a good one, without any fear, allow me at least to point you toward a space to create your own positive polar shift this weekend.

Thursday: Shimmy to the multi-genre stylings of DJ Jackson and DJ Jef Barbara at Datcha. 98 Laurier W., 9 p.m., free

Or party down at le Belmont with Gladiator & Sleepy Tom and Robert Robert. 4483 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $18

Friday: Saintwoods takes Igloofest‘s Videotron stage with Dave Luxe, Nick Wisdom, Da-P and Ekali. The party continues after at Apt 200 with Wisdom and Ekali joined by CRi. 3643 St-Laurent, 10 p.m.

But if that’s not enough to get your limbs loose, I suggest B.C. dubstep legend Datsik at Metropolis. 59 Ste-Catherine E., 10 p.m., $33.55

And you can count on 10kilos.us Weed Carrier Team DJs and guests Octane Boys and Zane With That Tane to twist it up at Salon Officiel. 351 Roy E., p.m.

Saturday: Third Bass brings all things dance-y to the floor at Cabaret Playhouse with a variety of sounds and selectors. 5656 Parc, 9:30 p.m., free before midnight/$4

Poirier returns for Bleury All Night at Bleury Bar à Vinyle. 2109 Bleury, 9 p.m., $4 before midnight/$7

Le Belmont hosts a free Bass Jam with Woblz and many more. 4483 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., free

Sunday: Quite Nice Crew bring jungle riddims and drum & bass visions to life at Studio Backstage for Jungle Buffet 5 ½, with several guests including Construct. 1661 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m.

And Illa J returns to Honey Martin’s in NDG for what appears to be the final installment of the weekly Jazz & Dilla jam. 5916 Sherbrooke W., 10:30 p.m.


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