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A French touch to a wild night: Three thoughts from one show at MEG

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Electronic festivals like MEG (Montreal Electronic Groove) may not be the cup of tea of people who go to other local festivals like Pop Montreal or M for Montreal, but there’s definitely still a fun time to be had. Founded in ’99, MEG has not only been known for the shows they put on, but for the artists that have played them: over the years, artists like M83, Le Tigre, MGMT, Santigold, M.I.A., Justice and Foals have come through Montreal to play the festival – and that’s just to name a few. With that, I decided to hit up a MEG show at Le Belmont this past Saturday. It’s true that only one show isn’t exactly a great measuring stick for seeing how good a venue-based festival can be, but I decided to give this year’s MEG Festival a go regardless. Here’s what I learned from it.
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Ma première fois au Festif! : Anatole

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Anatole fait partie de la nouvelle vague d'artiste émergent de la ville de Québec. Sous la bannière des gars du Pantoum, Anatole joue dans une ligue un peu à part. Il donne un spectacle très théâtral dans une ambiance nocturne. C'était, donc, étonnant de le voir jouer en plein jour au Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul. Entrevue: Ma première fois.
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Shoeclack’s Guide to Ottawa Bluesfest

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Now celebrating its 23rd year, Ottawa Bluesfest is known worldwide as one of Canada’s best outdoor music festivals. Featuring some of the biggest acts on the planet, the 2016 edition was headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, City and Colour, Brad Paisley, The Lumineers, John Fogerty, Nelly, and many more. As well, the festival hosted a ton of local bands from Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. With 11 days of music, Bluesfest is a collection of music fans and artists alike, and represents the perfect blend between an intimate, local festival and a massive fest that attracts world-class acts.
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