8 Montreal Music Festivals in 2022 You Can’t Miss
Music festivals that will happen in 2022
Are you tired of watching your favorite artists Virtual events, while you sit on your couch and miss the atmosphere of a live concert, where you and thousands of people experience an ecstatic frenzy of sound waves, rushing through your whole being?
Music festivals and covid have had a strenuous relationship in the past couple of years, to say the least.
But the good news is, we are here to tell you about the Montreal music festivals happening in 2022.
After going through our list of music festivals and concerts, you will know the following:
1. Where are the best music festivals in Montreal?
2. Which music festivals are still happening?
3. Do you have good taste in music? 🙂
Now, the third point is entirely subjective, so we will focus on the facts for you first.
These concerts and musical events will bring back the energizing zest of musicians and music lovers across the whole of Canada in 2022, and hopefully, create beautiful memories for thousands of concertgoers. This is one of the reasons why music festivals are important.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the list asap!
Les Francos is the annual music and performance festival held in Downtown Montreal, Quebec, featuring French-language performers from all over the world. This year the Francos are from June 10th to the 18th, 2022
Many of the performances are free to the public and are held on various stages in and around the Quartier des spectacles (the square Km area for entertainment). People may also recognise the name Place des Arts which can be said to be the centre of Montreal’s entertainment area. The Francos festival performances are also held at various theatres and halls and very often ticket purchases will be required
The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (The Jazz Fest), which has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest jazz festival on the planet, has been synonymous with musical passion for more than 40 years. Every year, for ten days, the French-speaking metropolis of America becomes the meeting place for lovers of all types of jazz music. All this on a site that is unique in the world, open from noon to midnight and designed to meet all the needs of festival-goers, in the middle of a downtown area closed to automobile traffic. In short, during these magical weeks, Montreal is where the heart of the jazz world beats! Enjoy the return of the Jazz Festivities!
If you say that, you’re from Montreal, and you haven’t heard about Osheaga before… You are probably not from Montreal.
The country’s largest arts and music festival has been entertaining audiences since 2006. And if you are thinking, ‘Will music festivals happen this summer?’, then the answer is a solid ‘Yes’. The festival is set to rock the crowds from July 29th to July 31st, 2022, at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Espace 67, like always.
If you are new to Osheaga, here are some tit-bits that’ll help you get a context of the festival’s scale.
Up until now, the festival has attracted over 400,000 people, with an impressive artist line-up that include the likes of Coldplay, The Killers, Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Roots, Rufus Wainwright, Arcade Fire, Weezer, Eminem, OutKast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, The Replacements, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, to name a ‘few’. Whew!
Osheaga is also known for including indie artists from around the country.
The festival is spread across three days, and they incorporate six stages, with various audience capacities.
An exquisite range of activities is also offered to the festival attendees throughout the event. There is also a wide variety of food and beverages available to satisfy even the most insatiable appetites & provide mind-expanding culinary discoveries as well.
This year’s festival will be headlined by (Foo Fighters cancelled all shows after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins R.I.P.), A$AP Rocky & Dua Lipa.
You can visit their official website to book your tickets.
Let’s move on to our next festival, shall we?
Are you an Indie-snob who would rather listen to something new, than lend your ears to artists who have already made it?
Do you have a musical appetite for avant-garde and a hankering for new sounds?
If the answer to both these questions is a ‘Yes’, then POP Montreal should be on your concert bucket list.
Founded by friends and colleagues in 2002 with the aim of creating a more meaningful and fresh cultural festival, POP Montreal will be entering its 20th year on the Montreal cultural festival map.
The ﬁve-day festival hosts more than 400 artists to audiences of well over 60 000.
And if that weren’t enough, POP Montreal boasts of being not-for-profit, as well as being environmentally conscious.
Apart from championing emerging artists, the cultural fest delivers a curated cross-section of art forms and events, which include concerts, symposium discussions, artisan and visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, and ﬁlm screenings.
The multi-faceted event is scheduled to take place between September 28th to 2nd October 2022 at various locations. Some of the artist line-up consists of Myriam Gendron & Maxime Catellier, Coeur de pirate and thais, Rich Aucoin & Laroie.
You can book your tickets on their official website.
The vibe changes significantly with our third festival on the list.
ÎleSoniq boasts of being one of the largest electronic music festivals in Quebec, and is set to pump up the volume at Parc Jean-Drapeau from 5th to 7th August 2022, and at ÎleSoniq En Ville on 4th August 2022.
The lineup includes artists such as Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz, and Illenium.
If you are someone who likes to let their hair down and groove to the thumping beats of electronica, you should definitely check this festival out, for sure.
Passes are available here.
Are you someone who likes the simpler and smaller things in life? Do you like to take it slow and avoid the rat race, to savor life in all its intricate beauty?
Are you a country music fan? Then, come on down to Île Sainte-Hélène from August 12th to 13th, 2022, and experience a modern country music festival in one of the world’s greatest festival cities.
LASSO will be hosting some of the most exciting acts in country music, who’ll perform at various stages at Espace 67 of Parc Jean-Drapeau, on a scenic island in the middle of the St Lawrence River.
Tell all your buddies, grab a beer, and swoon to the tunes of traditional and modern country music acts from across North America.
Looking for passes? Get ‘em here.
Founded in Montreal in 1987, Coup de cœur francophone is a festival dedicated to the discovery and circulation of song in its many forms. Presented each year in November in Montreal as well as in nearly 45 Canadian cities, it brings together artists from the national and international scene who are part of a program mainly focused on emergence, audacity and creation. In 1995, Coup de cœur francophone created its “travelling festival” component by setting up the Pan-Canadian Network, which today brings together ten active partners at the heart of Francophone communities. Flying over six time zones, the event presents around two hundred shows from the Atlantic to the Pacific each year. The Pan-Canadian Network aims to provide… a showcase for Francophone creation and to facilitate the circulation of artists, many of whom come from Francophone minority communities. In addition, it allows communities to have access to diversified programming offering a large place to new trends. Coup de coeur francophone is a festival like no other of its kind, which has known how to take off in order to make the song navigate over the currents of the Canadian and international Francophonie.
Dedicated to promoting electronic music and the digital arts with a focus on discovery, and artistic ingenuity, the festival is a MUST for anyone who is into experimental digital art.
There have been many editions of MUTEK around the world, with each year seeing the festival embark on creatively entertaining directions.
Please note: The festival is not meant for people who like to jump up and down on repetitive, looped rhythms, but is aimed at audiences who have a knack for experimental listening. The festival combines the audio and visual arts and has been breaking new grounds in artistic expression, ever since its inception.
Join the buzz from 23rd to 28th of August, 2022. To know more, click here.
Mutek has also been making sincere efforts to reduce its impact on the environment, by taking waste management seriously, as well as reducing waste production through various steps.
In 2021, they recycled almost 63% of the produced waste and redirected it from landfills.
To conclude, we believe the year has a festival to satisfy a wide range of musical tastes and preferences. The city of Montreal has always promoted the arts and culture through its festivals.
And at a time when celebrations have become more important than ever, the city promises to provide exquisite experiences for the true seekers of art and music.
We hope this article helped you get the direction you were looking for.
Keep exploring, keep celebrating.