MEG Montréal Electronique Groove Festival 2017

Robyn Fadden

Labour Day weekend gets a melodic, high-energy boost this year with MEG, a creative music festival that matches Canadian and European musical talents with Montréal's flare for late-night entertainment and outdoor parties.

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The 19th edition of Montréal Electronique Groove highlights well-known and emerging artists making new sounds in indie-rock, experimental pop, electronic genres and hip-hop hybrids. Hear it all late into the night at some of the best music venues in the city, August 31 to September 3.

Electro outside

MEG's newest addition is on-trend open-air club Electro Parade, the first event of its kind in North America. The Electro Parade hits the pavement on September 2 to celebrate Montréal’s 375th anniversary and the city's love of music in the streets, with local and international DJs playing electronic beats on high-fi parade floats, surrounded by dancers and party people of every stripe.

Blazing sonics

The festival kicks off on Thursday night at Belmont with organic-electro Afro-House trio Afrikana Soul Sister, wide-ranging rapper L. Teez and a DJ set of choice hip-hop, soul and electro by French producer GUTS. Friday night gets creatively deep at Théâtre Fairmount with the dreamy electro-pop of Québec's Ghostly Kisses, the hazy pulse of Japanese artist Rei Brown, Brtrnd's smooth rhythms and the inspired electro of Cri.

Hip hop hub

Friday night's all about explosive explorations of hip hop at Divan Orange with introspective French artist KillASon and his rapid-fire lyrics, the “post hyper-sexualization” of Montréal all-woman crew Bad Nylon, the signature raspy style of Toronto's iLLvibe with Myer Clarity, and the live electronics and hip-hop of Montréal group Ragers.

Cosmic transcendence

After the Electro Parade on September 2, the Jeunesse Cosmique night wows with audiovisual creative collaborations between multi-instrumentalist SIN ORI and video artist Myriam Boucher, Japanese “gorge” music producer Kazuki Koga and visual artist Charlotte Clermont, psychedelic musicians Hazy Montagne Mystique, Me Float and Space Clouds Filter and experimental filmmaker Guillaume Vallée, and modular synth artists Paraphonique and François Létourneau.

Enter the electromania

Another new creation this year: the Electromania pass for fans of lush and eclectic electronic music. The pass gives you access to the GUTS DJ set and more at Le Belmont, Cri and guests at Théâtre Fairmount, and the Sunday night closing show at Newspeak with French producers Clément Bazin and Douchka, local artist Robert Robert and Montréal singer and melodic electro producer Ryan Playground. Or pick up a Single Day pass for $10-20. See all the details in the MEG program.