On the first very cold night of the season, Montrealers made their way to La Sala Rosa for the first show of the M for Montreal festival. Taking place from November 14th to 17th, the festival’s mission is to put up and coming Canadian bands on the map on a local and international level.
Saskatchewan band The Garrys were the first act to perform at the showcase. Their retro tunes and catchy guitar riffs took the crowd on a nostalgic and calm, yet uplifting journey.
Next on stage was Partner. The New Brunswick-native, Ontario-based indie rock band arrived on stage jumping around, bringing the crowd’s energy levels up. Lead singer Josée Caron and bassist Lucy Niles are front and center of the stage, and their chemistry is undeniable. The only downside of Partner’s set was an out-of-tune bass mishap, which took some precious minutes out of their short set to fix. Nevertheless, the band’s cheery and carefree attitude kept the crowd entertained and wanting more.
From the moment the showcase started, one thing was clear: a big chunk of the crowd showed up for Hubert Lenoir. As soon as he hit the stage, the audience went wild, screaming and singing along to every lyric. Lenoir delivered an energetic, intimate and moody set, turning off the lights of Sala Rossa (to the joy of the audience, and the despair of photographers present), and turning up the heat.
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