The gloomy weather didn’t stop day 3 of Les Francos, with rain jackets and umbrellas being the fashion accessory of choice. Luckily, the rain stopped in the early evening, before most of the shows started.
We kicked off our evening at MTelus for some French rap, with Luv Resval opening the show. The audience was already packed and moshpitting, so by the time headliner PLK jumped on, the frenzy only got bigger. We’ve been to many shows at MTelus over the years, but ones were you can feel the stage and floor bounce from jumps and the crowd screams drowning out the music is always impressive, especially in this case for an artist that is much bigger in France than Quebec!
After getting our dose of heavy rap rage, we headed to the Bell outdoor stage for a much more relaxed, but emotional show. Tonight’s big free concert was a tribute to Karim Ouellet, a friend of the festival who passed away earlier this year. Artists such as Ariane Moffatt, Gabrielle Shonk, Amélie Nault, Claude Bégin, Alaclair Ensemble, Hubert Lenoir, and many more gathered on stage, singing Karim’s songs and paying him homage. It was a beautiful and heartwarming tribute, the perfect way for Montreal to say “Bye Bye Bye” to a great talent that left us way too soon.
Les Francos de Montréal are taking place from June 10th to 18th around Montreal’s Place des Arts. For tickets and more information, visit the festival’s website. To keep track of all the shows, learn more about the artists and build your own schedule, you should also download the Les Francos mobile app, available on Apple and Android.
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