Mikey B Trippin, CMW round one

M for Mikey reports from the 416 on the scenesters, Montreal rising stars and holy men, ubiquitous Stills alumni, Sacto buds and awkward saliva-swapping and urinal spying at Canadian Music Week.

Good old fashioned love song

On this most romantic of days, we conducted an unofficial straw poll of 15 Montreal artists (and one from Quebec) to find out what their favourite love songs are. So line these videos up back to back and prepare for a sure-to-be fascinating night of babymaking.

The Top 30 MTL Songs of 2012

Here are the very best songs Montreal had to offer this year. This list is completely arbitrary and based on the whims of those who assembled it, as is the case with any list. Song preferences subject to the ever-changing moods of chief compiler/commentator Erik Leijon.

Peter Peter finds happiness in synths

Montreal songwriter Peter Peter has been bitten by the M83 bug.
Whereas the 28-year-old’s first eponymous record was all about dour guitar tones and maintaining intimacy, his second release, the straightforwardly titled Une version améliorée de la tristesse, is packed with soaring synths, roaring saxophone solos and grabbing refrains.
The “HoMa” songwriter launches his album tonight with a free show. I spoke to him on the weekend, at this year’s Festival de musique émergente in Rouyn-Noranda, where he premièred his new five-piece band.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

* Pop Montreal slings cool threads with Vintage Pop
* Take your mind off local politics with geopolitical docs at Cinéma du Parc
* Burlesque Bowling. Need we say more?
* Peter Peter launches album with free show at Cabaret du Mile End

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