Mile Ex End Montréal: A cocktail of music and comedy

Laure Juilliard

Mile Ex End Montréal is happening from September 1 to 3, which most of us know as the Labour Day long weekend. Now in its second edition, this festival is showcasing a new and exciting lineup of music and comedy. What more could you ask for?

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Capturing the true spirit of Montréal

Inspired by the city’s incredible talent and diversity, this outdoor festival will take place under the iconic Rosemont-Van Horne overpass, where two hip neighbourhoods—Mile End and Mile Ex—converge. Set against an industrial backdrop peppered with green spaces, the event boasts an impressive roster of performers that includes up-and-comers as well as established international stars.

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Get into the groove

Looking for good tunes? The music side of Mile Ex End Montréal includes two full days of live concerts scheduled from noon to midnight. Get your tickets as soon as possible and secure your chance to see your favourite indie artists or make new musical discoveries. The headliners include Toronto rock band Broken Social Scene, Rhye, whose dreamlike songs offer a blues-inspired twist, soothing soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson, Eddy De Pretto, the French singer-songwriter-author whose texts are both edgy and brilliant, and electrifying punk-rockers PUP. Local artists include folk group The Barr Brothers, the free-spirited phenomenon Hubert Lenoir, charming folk-rocker Tire le Coyote, Heartstreets and Loud and their sensual hip-hop creations, as well as CRi, whose trippy tracks will take you into another dimension.

Prepare for belly laughs

Comedy is new to the mix at Mile Ex End Montréal. Some 30 comedians will be taking the stage on September 3 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., including Mehdi Bousaidan, Rosalie Vaillancourt, Julien Lacroix, Adib Alkhalidey, Eddy King, Mélanie Ghanimé, Guillaume Wagner, Simon Delisle, Sèxe Illégal and many more. Practice your French and find out what makes Quebecers laugh by checking out this hilarious lineup. Tears of laughter guaranteed!

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Bring your appetite

Some of the city’s most enticing food trucks will be onsite to help you stave off hunger. Options include Danny St-Pierre’s almost-vegetarian luncheonette called “Mange tes légumes,” Ferme d’Auteuil and their locally grown corn on the cob, and Chez Milo & Fine with their signature sausage roll wrapped in a buckwheat pancake. You can also let your stomach lead you to the tacos at Mi Corazon, the burgers at Winneburger and the German specialties doused in Bavarian poutine sauce at Schnitzel Truck. The Oshlag distillery will aim to please if you crave beer or spirits.

Near the festival site are all kinds of great restaurants, many of which have made their way onto the Mile Ex End Montréal shortlist. We strongly recommend the tacos at restaurant Maïs, the green patio at , a pre-festival brunch at Butterblume, the deliciously creative pizzas at Magpie and the vegan delights at Aux Vivres and La Panthère verte. If you’re looking for a quick bite, stop in for a fresh sesame bagel at St-Viateur Bagel or Fairmount Bagel, or order a sandwich at Boucherie Lawrence. For dessert, treat yourself to a bit of heaven with some ice cream or sorbet at Kem CoBa.

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard, blogger

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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