If you like music, you will love Montreal. Montreal has lots of live music all year round. From classical to jazz, from pop to hip hop, the Montreal music scene has a lot going on. There are dozens of music venues (places) to see music, from small clubs and bars to huge stadiums. There are music festivals. And there is the famous independent alternative music scene in Montreal.
Montreal is the city of music festivals, especially in summer. There is the Jazz Festival, the Francofolies (music in French), the Nuits d’Afrique (African music), Festiblues (blues), the Highlights (food, dance and music), Chamber Music (classical), Baroque (classical), Osheaga (pop and alternative), and Pop Montreal (new alternative music) and others. In some festivals, there are many free shows. Check the links for more details.
» Classical Music
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra [OSM] is a world-famous full-size classical music orchestra, directed by maestro Kent Nagano. Their season is from September to May. They play in their new concert hall at Place-des-Arts. Metro Place-des-Arts
The Opéra de Montreal is a full classical opera company. Their season is from September to May. They perform in the Salle Wilfred-Pelletier at Place-des-Arts. 175 Sainte-Catherine Est, Metro Place-des-Arts
I Musici is a small chamber music orchestra that often plays concerts at different places in Montreal.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Montreal was one an important city for jazz music. There is still the Jazz Festival and a few jazz clubs in the city.
The House of Jazz is a bar/restaurant with jazz every night. It is at 2060 Aylmer (below Sherbrooke) Metro McGill
Upstairs is a bar/restaurant near Concordia that has jazz shows most nights except Monday and Tuesday. 1254 Mackay (below Sainte Catherine), Metro Guy-Concordia
L’Astral is a jazz performance venue near Place-des-Festivals. It was built as a jazz club for the Jazz Festival
» Popular Music Venues
The Bell Centre is where the Montreal Canadiens play hockey, but most famous international pop stars play concerts here. 1260 De la Gauchetière West, Metro Bonaventure or Metro Lucien L’Allier
The Olympic Stadium is a very large stadium and sometimes there are concerts here. 4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue, Metro Pie-IX or Metro Viau
Metropolis is a large night club where many music shows are. 59 Sainte-Catherine Street East, Metro Saint Laurent
Les Foufounes Electriques is a legendary punk music club on Sainte Catherine Street. 87 Sainte-Catherine Street East, Metro Saint Laurent
Club Soda is a famous Montreal live music venue. 1225 Saint-Laurent, Metro Saint Laurent or Metro Place d’Armes
Café Campus is a popular disco and live music venue on pedestrian-only Prince Arthur Street in the Plateau. 57 Prince Arthur Street East, (near Saint Laurent) Metro Saint Laurent and Bus 55 north, or walk west from Metro Sherbrooke
La Tulipe is at 4530 Papineau (corner of Mont-Royal Avenue), Metro Mont-Royal, then bus 97 east or Metro Papineau then bus 45 north
Le Balattou is a venue that usually has African music. 4372 Saint Laurent, corner of Marie-Anne. Metro Saint-Laurent, then bus 55 north.
Place-des-Arts is an arts performance complex where the there are usually classical, opera and ballet shows, but it is also used for other music as well. There are six theatres. Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the Maison Symphonique, and Théâtre Maisonneuve are the largest. There are also the Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, the Studio-théâtre and the Cinquième salle. Outside, on the streets around the main theatre buildings, there is the Place des Festivals, which is a large open space where the big summer music festivals take place. 175 Saint-Catherine Street Ouest, Metro Place-des-Arts
Pierre-Mercure Hall is used for classical music and dance. 300 de Maisonneuve West, Metro Berri-UQAM
Pollack Hall is at McGill University, and it is often used for classical concerts. 555 Sherbrooke West, Metro McGill