M for Montreal on Friday and Saturday is more like a traditional music festival, such as SXSW and CMJ. Venues all over the city host shows that are open to the public as well as festival-goers, meaning it pays to show up early to an in-demand show.
Now in its seventh year, M For Montreal is still one of Canada's best-kept secrets. The annual music festival showcases the country's best up-and-coming bands -- with a special focus on Montreal's homegrown acts, of course -- and highlights select acts from the United States, Iceland and France, among other places.
The festival has expanded its reach and scope thanks
Bassist Michael Davis died Feb. 17 after battling liver disease. He was 68. The musician was an original member of the MC5, the legendary Detroit garage-punk band known for their shuddering riffs, incendiary live shows and proto-punk tunes such as 'Kick Out the Jams
Brenner Eugenides died March 7 as a result of complications from diabetes. He was 26. Besides spending much of 2010 on the road as the sound man for Hot Hot Heat, Eugenides also played guitar in grungy Brooklyn rockers Broken Glow, who released the 'Watercolors' EP in 2011
Marbles for Eyes guitarist Matthew Smith passed away March 11 at the age of 28. The Akron, Ohio, native had just finished performing a Youngstown gig with his band when he suddenly collapsed and lost consciousness; attempts to revive him failed, and Smith later died at a local hospital.