The Canadiens team up with Osheaga and ÎleSoniq

Jamie O'Meara

Jamie O'Meara is Editor-in-Chief at C2 Montréal and the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.

To say that the 2020-’21 Montréal Canadiens are exciting to watch would be an understatement of the highest order. And that’s even currently without their always full-throated fans cheering them on at the Canadiens’ legendarily loud Bell Centre home ice. Now, with an upbeat new initiative, the mega-popular Osheaga and ÎleSoniq music festivals are helping to raise the volume even more. But first, the team…

The great bleu, blanc et rouge north

The Montréal Canadiens (Montréal’s storied professional hockey team, also known as the Habs, from the French Les Habitants) are providing a bright light during dark times, especially for their faithful legion of fans unable to attend games in person due to pandemic safety protocols. At the time of writing, just over 10 games into a condensed 56-game season (down from the usual 82), the refashioned Habs were sitting atop the newly created North Division comprised exclusively of Canadian teams.

And while it’s early yet (no jinxing!), there’s every reason to be optimistic about the team’s fortunes this year: franchise goaltender Carey Price is off to a very solid start while new backup Jake Allen is posting eye-popping numbers; newly acquired forwards Tyler Toffoli and Josh Anderson are making Canadiens management look like geniuses; the Habs’ youth corp. — Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi — are already showing jaw-dropping creativity; and just-added veteran right winger (and likely future hall of famer) Corey Perry is looking like a perfect fit early on. In fact, there is so much to celebrate so far this year, doesn’t it make you feel like dancing?

These players will be spinning

As part of the Montréal Canadiens’ weekly FANatic Saturdays special online programming, which takes place every Saturday before both home and away games, special music performances will help ramp up the energy and excitement by dropping beats before the refs start dropping pucks. From 6:30 to 7 pm, Habs fans (and everyone else, of course) are invited to head over to the Montreal Canadiens’ Twitch account to enjoy a live performance by a Montréal-based electro/hip-hop/R&B DJ.

Presented by the Osheaga and ÎleSoniq music festivals, in collaboration with virtual event specialists Le Lab, Espace Créatif, fans will be able to log on, blast dance tracks and bust a move during the pre-game warmup. Artists on deck include Domeno, Shash’U, Miss Shelton, TDJ, Shaydakiss, Charlie Shulz and Nana Zen. Check here for more info and scheduling.

Jamie O'Meara

Jamie O'Meara is Editor-in-Chief at C2 Montréal and the former Editor-in-Chief of alt-weekly newspaper HOUR Magazine.

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