The sounds of Montréal: playlists to discover

Old Port of Montréal - Grand Quai du Port de Montréal - Public pianos

Tourisme Montréal

Montréal’s music scene is legendary, and the city is brimming with musical talent in every genre. Here are a few playlists to check out for a taste of the incredible quality and variety of music made in Montréal. Headphones on! 

Miracle Bar


A perfect mix of holiday cheer and nostalgia, from kitschy to jazzy, brought to you by Montréal's very own artists. 

Piknic electronic 2016

MTL Electro

Electronic music fans will discover lots of local talent in the MTL Electro playlist, which features an eclectic mix of styles. You can learn more about Montréal’s vibrant electronic music scene in this this article

POP Montreal International Music Festival - Arcade Fire 2011

MTL Indie

The list of talented Montréal indie musicians and bands is a long one, but the MTL Indie playlist gives you a historical overview to get you started. For a deeper dive into the story of independent music in Montréal, check out this article.  


MTL Franco

Each year, Montréal hosts the Francos de Montréal, one of the most popular festivals in the summer calendar. A celebration of French-language music, the Francos are attracting more and more English-speaking fans each year. The MTL Franco playlist will take you on a musical voyage that ranges from hip hop to pop.  

MURAL Festival


Over the past few years, Québec rap has really come into its own. Discover some of Montréal’s top rap talent in the MTL Rap playlist.

Chromatic Festival

Montréal Chill

This Spotify playlist is the perfect way to set the mood for that laid-back Happy Hour on your balcony. Relax and enjoy a little Montréal Chill

Bootlegger, L'Authentique - Cocktail

MTL 5@7 

If there’s one thing Montrealers love, it’s a good Happy Hour – what we call a “5 à 7”, a meet-up for drinks at 5 p.m. after work. The MTL 5@7 playlist is loaded with awesome urban beats to set the after-work mood.  

The greatest Soul, Motown and Disco hits

MTL Disco

Polish your mirror balls and break out your platform shoes because these classic favourites will turn wherever you are into a disco dance floor.   


MTL Jazz

For almost a century now, Montréal has been a hotbed of jazz music, and is home to legends like Oliver Jones and Oscar Peterson. The MTL Jazz playlist brings your some of our favourite local jazz artists, past and present. Find out more about the history of jazz in Montréal here

September Surf Café

Cafés montréalais

When you’re working from home, good coffee and smooth background music are just the things to stay focused and productive. Although we can’t work from our favourite coffee shops these days, we can recreate the vibe at home with the Cafés montréalais playlist.  

POP Montreal International Music Festival - Alison Wonderland

POP Montréal Mixtapes

The POP Montréal festival highlights the city’s next generation of music and much more. If you have a taste for fresh, new sounds, you’ll love the Mixtapes section of POP Montréal’s website. 

Piknic Électronik

Piknic Electronik Montréal

Spring usually marks the return of Piknic Électronik, a weekly electronic music festival held every Sunday from May to September. To get a bit of that sunshine and fresh air feeling on your balcony or in your backyard, have a listen to the Piknic Électronik 2019 playlist on Spotify.