Passovah till you puke

All about the festival that’s jamming Mile End venues with hipster scum, PLUS more killer gigs for heaviosity-inclined.

hammerthumbWouldn’t ya know it, as soon as I break a finger and begin the task of typing with nine functional digits for the first time, Passovah Fest begins  and has me typing up a storm. For logistical reasons, I’ll start things off with the huge list of events that Passovah has planned over the next four days (for more info + music, look here):

Thursday: UN, Saxsyndrum, Bataille Solaire, Happymovie and Technical Kidman are playing la Vitrola. 4602 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10

DJing down the street at Maison Sociale is Xarah Dion and Jef Barbara. 5386 St-Laurent, 8 p.m.

At Casa you can catch the Luyas, CTZNSHP, Joyful Talk, Black Givre and Sonya Stefan with Katie Ward taking the sweat-act spot. 4873 St-Laurent, 8:45 p.m., $10

CKUT DJs Nick Cabelli, Dejal Lewis and Rhythm and Hues spin it round at Nouveau Palais. 281 Bernard, 10 p.m.

Katie Moore launches her new record, Fooled By the Fun, with Ohara at the Rialto. 5723 Parc (upstairs), 8 p.m., $15/$20

Friday: L.A. Foster, Pascale Project, Suuns’s Max Henry, How Sad, Dear Criminals and Commander Clark Groupe take over la Vitrola. 4602 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10

Guitar virtuoso Joe Grass dazzles Casa with fellow Patrick Watson members’ new jam Black le Gary, Caroline Keating and the Sin and the Swoon. 4873 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10

My big pick of the Passovah fest would be the psych-out of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra’s Jessica Moss, Lungbutter, Caro Diaro, Moss Lime and Adam Kinner at le Ritz. 179 Jean-Talon W., 8 p.m., $12/$15

Sex Life and Miracle Fortress take over the DJ booth at Maison Sociale (5386 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., free) while the Go Go Radio Magic Show takes over Nouveau Palais (281 Bernard, 10 p.m., free).

Saturday: If you can make it to Nouveau Palais way before rock ‘n’ roll time, you can get in the groove with DJ John Lee. 281 Bernard, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

In the afternoon, you can catch Ari Swan, Out of Sight of Land and Pink Crush at Resonance Café (5175A Parc, 3 p.m., PWYC) or the screening of Montreal documentary A City Is an Island at Maison Sociale (5386 St-Laurent, 4 p.m., PWYC/$5 suggested).

Resonance Café keeps cooking with Skin Tone, la Societé de Beaux-Arts de Montréal and Tamara Sandor. 5175A Parc, 9:30 p.m., PWYC

My second big Passovah pick would be the fucked up sounds of Crabe with Dear Denizen, Eternal Husbands, Smokes, Scattered Clouds and Crystal Eyes at la Vitrola. 4602 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10

It’s sure to be a packed affair when Miracle Fortress play with Nancy Pants, Kroy, Holy Data, Choses Sauvages and Archer Guild at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $12/$15

Monogrenade, Recievers and Blood and Glass take over le Ritz. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9 p.m., $10

Down at God’s favourite venue, Brasserie Beaubien, you catch Mehdi Cayenne Club, Kurvi Tasch, Sun Fields, Neil Holyoak and Bud Rice. 73 Beaubien E., 8 p.m., $10

Keeping things spinning at Maison Sociale are DJs from Seoul (the band) and Pas Cha. 5386 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., free

Sunday: On the final day of Passovah’s 2015 edition, you can start things off at Resonance Café for Broken Obelisk and Holobody, Oliver the Great with Guillaume Valee, Johnny Ripper and Ms. Holmes. 5175A Parc, 2 p.m.

Joji, Jjanice, the Whateverly Brothers and Hua Lui play la Vitrola. 4602 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10

At Brasserie Beaubien, you can catch Jesse Mac Cormack, Pang Attack, Soft Cone, Daniel Isaiah and Red Mass offshoot Birds of Paradise. 73 Beaubien E., 8 p.m., $10

After playing possum for a year, Wintersleep will be playing songs off a new record that’s still waiting to get a release date, with Wake Island, Jenny Berkel, Derm Kean and An Incredible Woman at le Ritz. 179 Jean-Talon W., 8 p.m., $15/$18

Charlotte Cornfield, Slow Down Molasses, Green Burial, Fred Woods and Slight take over Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10

Finally, you’re all invited to Passovah’s official closing party with Kittens and Rave Dave at Maison Sociale. 5386 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., free


For those of you who looking for something a bit heavier, there are plenty of shows happening far from the Passovah path.

Thursday: You can check out the prog/noise of Fee Faw Fum at the Plant with Livestalk and the Bodies, Bedoukian/Molnar duo and White Cube. La Plante (ask around for the address), $5/$10/PWYC, all ages

For those of you looking for some expert freakbeat, you can point your Cuban heels in the direction of l’Esco and catch Pop Goes with Bermudes and Il Danse Avec les Genoux. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $7

Saturday: Starting a little earlier at Turbohaus, you can grab some burgers at the first annual Beat Cops BBQ at 6 p.m. before they hit the stage opening up for Calgary’s Napalmpom and T.O. rawk lords Public Animal. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8 p.m.

Sunday: Fine local label l’Oeil du Tigre is taking over Sound Central and hosting Amherst’s Longings with the Expectorated Sequence. 4486 Coloniale, 7 p.m.

Katacombes is hosting a bike show called Rally in the Alley with jammin’ sets from Metalian, Proxy, Roadrunner and the Lookout. 1635 St-Laurent, 4 p.m., $10

A true hardcore night is sure to be had at Foufounes when legends Bane knock it down with Turnstile, Backtrack, Power Trip and Forced Order. 87 Ste-Catherine E., 5 p.m., $25/$30

Monday: If you want a chance to see Oakland’s Torso with Gashrat and Croche you better go ask a punk. Loudhouse Turd Floor (ask a punk), 9 p.m., $5/$10

Tuesday: Just as I was being blown away by Spectral Wound’s debut record, the band has announced that they’re only doing two more shows before calling it quits. You can catch their second to last show when they open up for Begrime Exemious alongside Oath at Katacombes. 1635 St-Laurent, 8:30 p.m., $13

Wednesday: This is definitely the big night of the week, when my big pick Cult of Luna will level Café Campus with the more than adequate support from Kylesa, Inaeona and Christ. 57 Prince-Arthur E., 7 p.m., $21.50/$23


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