Montreal’s top dive bar turns 20 this week

Info on their anniversary shows and more great gigs in the city over the next six days.

facebookWell the Halloween costumes are back in mothballs but don’t rest yet: The greatest bar in the city — Barfly — is celebrating being 20 years young and there are a whole lot of gigs planned for the next week to help blow out the candles. I have always loved the Barfly, and what’s not to love? They will book your band — whether you draw or not — and have always treated the people who grace their postage-stamp-sized stage with utmost respect while ignoring the Main’s “winning formulas” for success. Happy Birthday Anthony et al.

Friday: The Barfly kicks off its 20th anniversary with a secret surprise guest that is guaranteed to impress. If that wasn’t enough, opening is ex-U.S. Bombs new joint Walk of Shame. Expect gritty and dirty punk rock that rolls with swagger. 4062 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $5

For a night of neo-goth, minimal synth and just general darkness, head down to Casa for Police des Moeurs, Viva Non, Brusque Twins and Glace. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., price unlisted

Saturday: The hipper than thou set are asked to convene at Théâtre Fairmount for DIIV and local noise brats the Yardlets. 5240 Parc, 9 p.m., $20

Barfly keeps their anniversary celebrations kicking with Lazarus Moan, ex-Starvin’ Hungry band Half Measures and the always odd-man-out Weeping Buffalo. 4062 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $5

For a night of musical transcendence, get to le Ritz to catch the epic blast of Wrekmeister Harmonies with Patrick Watson’s band’s new offshoot Black Le Gary and Christian Carrière. 179 Jean-Talon W., 8:30 p.m., $12/$15

Traces (featuring ex-members of Besnard Lakes) will keep the pedal-pushing shoegaze swirling at the Plant with Heathers, Decorum and Palissade. Secret location, 8 p.m., $8/PWYC, all ages

I don’t know who is booking Bistro de Paris these days but they’re really on a roll. Tonight you can catch high-energy power-poppers Dead Messenger with Saint Clare. 4536 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $10/PWYC

Those of us who like our crushing heaviosity will want to make it to the pride of St-Henri — Turbo Haus — to catch the mighty le Kraken with Greber and They Grieve. 5011 Notre-Dame, 9 p.m., $10/$12

Sunday: Fans of CKUT and college radio in general are invited to their benefit show at Sala. This will be a night of both improv and composition and will feature a large ensemble of disparate musicians, a duo and much, much more. 4848 St-Laurent, 8:30 p.m., $10/$20

Tuesday: The Yardlets will be doing a twofer this week when they rattle Barfly’s walls with the Castagne’s.4062 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., price unlisted

Wednesday: The big pick of the week — and especially for those who dug the le Kraken show on Saturday — is Fight Amp, Hashed Out, the Great Sabatini (easily the heaviest band in Montreal) and Hopeless Youth at Turbo Haus. 5011 Notre-Dame, 8 p.m., $10/$13

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