Your August festival guide

Jamie O'Meara

While there’s an argument to be made that Montréal’s festival season is more of a 365-days-a-year situation, there does come a point when a wave of major festivals – like Osheaga, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Just For Laughs, MUTEK and Nuits D’Afrique – suddenly appears on the horizon. That point is now. To help you ride it out in style, we offer you our August festival guide. 

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Three daze of amazing music

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (August 4-6) Osheaga is a truly exceptional, world-class outdoor music and arts experience that takes place in picturesque Parc Jean-Drapeau on Ile Ste-Hélène across from Montréal’s Old Port. This year’s 12th edition will again deliver the best in rock, pop, hip-hop, indie music and more. This year’s headliners include Lorde, Muse and The Weeknd.

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Big time bass dropping

ÎleSoniq  (August 10-12) And a completely different kind of Parc life will spring into action for the third edition of wildly popular electronic dance and urban music festival ÎleSoniq, which brings out 40,000 beat-happy partiers. Spectacular, state-of-the-art special effects will overload your circuits to the sounds of headliners Zedd and SkrillexTiësto, Porter Robinson, Afrojack plus many, many more.

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Canada-wide pride!

Canada Pride Montréal 2017 (August 10-20) Hosted and organized by Montréal Pride, the inaugural edition of Canada Pride is a nationwide celebration of Canada’s LGBTQ movement. Taking place over the course of 11 days, and marking Montréal’s 375th as well as Canada’s 150th anniversaries, the special programming includes a two-day sports tournament, a major national conference on LGBTTIQ2S+ human rights, large free outdoor concerts each night, a food fair on Sainte-Catherine Street, a “grandiose” Community Day and, of course, what’s promising to be an (even more) epic presentation of the annual Pride Parade – over 150 events and activities in total.

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Get into mode

Fashion and Design Festival (August 21-26) This major outdoor event at Quartier des Spectacles, in the heart of downtown Montréeal, presenting features approximately 50 shows, as much with as many as 300 participants and 550,000 visitors expected. This one-of-a-kind occasion provides an inside look at the world of fashion and design through activities like fashion shows, live creative sessions, film screenings, tons of conferences, design showcases and musical performances.

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Innovation nation

MUTEK (August 22-27) Over 150 multi-sensory events and adventures are scheduled at this year’s world-renowned MUTEK festival, which this year reaches age of majority with its 18th trailblazing edition. For an expanded six days at a new time of year, MUTEK will again be promoting artists and innovators at the forefront of electronic music, digital creativity, technology and live performance at venues throughout the Quartier des Spectacles (including a free outdoor stage).

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Dancin’ in the streets? Check

MEG Montréal Festival (August 31 to September 3) For 19 years now, the MEG Montréal Festival has been at the forefront of contemporary music trends in Europe and North America, showcasing established and emerging electronica, hip-hop and indie artists. This year the groove-fest has moved its dates to the end of August, and also has a major, one-of-a-kind free dance event planned as part of the city’s 375th anniversary: the first-ever Electro Parade in North America, September 2.

Jamie O’Meara

Jamie O’Meara, blogger

Jamie O’Meara is a writer for The Montreal Gazette, C2 Montréal, Moment Factory and more. He also manages the PR Team at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and is the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.

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