Sounds of the city at the Mile Ex End Musique fest

Robyn Fadden

Labour Day weekend just got more musical in Montréal. The arrival of the brand-new Mile Ex End Musique Montréal festival transforms a usually quiet corner of the city with music from Cat Power, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, City and Colour, Patrick Watson and more artists.

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Summer in September

Summer certainly doesn't end with August in Montréal. The city makes the most of the September's warm days with outdoor festivals, wining and dining on patios, and a busy open-air night life. Mile Ex End Musique Montréal adds to the late-summer festivities September 2-3, turning up the volume under the Van Horne overpass, just steps away from the neighbourhoods of Mile End and Mile Ex.

Music day and night

Whether you're an early bird music fan or a late-night partier, Mile Ex End Musique will have you singing along. The festival kicks off at noon each day and continues well into the night – choose a one-day or a two-day pass to hear music from your favourite indie-rock stars and discover new artists along the way. Among the many big-name artists not to miss: the emotionally stirring music of Cat Power, the psychedelic rock infused with R&B and acoustic guitar of singer-songwriter City and Colour, the heavy soundscapes of Montréal post-rock post-everything collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, awe-inspiring performances of pianist, singer and songwriter Patrick Watson, folk-rock upturned by Suzanne Vega and the wonders of alt-pop singer-songwriter Basia Bulat.

Local music stars

It's an established fact that some of the world's most inventive music is made in Montréal. Mile Ex End Musique brings impressive local talents to the big stage: dance-funk-jazz big-band Busty and the Bass, folk-rock charmer Tire le coyote, electro-pop and jazz singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin, raw-beauty soundmaker Lydia Képinski, indie-pop band  Foreign Diplomats, action-packed performers Partner and many more artists.

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Food for miles

The festival is also ready for all appetites. Find several food trucks on site serving up everything from healthy gourmet sandwiches to pulled-pork poutine. The area also has no shortage of restaurant options. Try tacos at Restaurant Maïs or Tex-Mex with a French twist at Gus, thin-crust pizza at Pizzeria Magpie, or vegan dishes at Aux Vivres, Crudessence and La Panthere Verte. Breakfast is a must at Beauty’s or at updated diners Nouveau Palais and Dépanneur le Pick Up. Grab a fresh sesame bagel at St-Viateur Bagel or Fairmount Bagel, a croissant at Boulangerie Guillaume or Café Figaro, or a sandwich at Boucherie Lawrence. The wait in line for ice cream is worth it at Kem Coba. And caffeinate like a Montrealer at Brooklyn Mtl, Café Olimpico, Le Butterblume and several other excellent cafés.