Originally from Vancouver Island, BC, Sarah Neufeld began playing the violin at the age of 3. Her musical pursuits brought her to Montreal in 1998, where she resides to this day. She is best known as a member of the indie rock phenomenon Arcade Fire, as well as instrumental post-rock ensemble, Bell Orchestre. With these bands she has cumulatively received five Juno awards, two Brit awards, Canada's Polaris Prize and a Grammy for Best Album of the Year in 2011.
Fanny Bloom is no stranger to the Montreal scene. Exploring a rhythm reminiscent of Lykke Li, Gonzales and Sebastien Tellier, Bloom recently released ”Apprentie Guerrière”, her first album since dismantling her bubbly-pop band, La Patère Rose. Combining evolved piano melodies and deep urban sounds with an intimate feel, it's as if through her music, the once-naïve Fanny has grown into a woman - replacing the crayons and little-girl pigtails with blood-red lipstick and messy hair.
With a self-styled sound, their own ‘dirty pretty’ ethos inspired by The Horrors, The Strokes, The Libertines and their old favourites, Nirvana, Dirty Mags play a blend of down tempo garage rock infused with elements of grunge. The four members' individual influences and inputs merge to create something unadulterated, undiluted, and most importantly, unapologetic. Set to begin recording their debut release - due out this fall on White Girl Records/EMI Music.
The solo project from Montreal producer and musician Hélène L. Delorme (aka DJ MHMHMH), FOXTROTT unleashes genre-bending pop music that combines heavy, driving beats with raw, intense and intimate vocals. Bold, dark and melodic, FOXTROTT strikes the appropriate chord as she inspires folks to get on the dance floor...and stay there!
Frantastik & Montag
(Mec Plus Ultra, Audio Porn Club)
The dynamic duo behind the world-renowned Mec Plus Ultra events, DJs Frantastik & Montag now hold a monthly residence at Montreal's Royal Phoenix and their Audio Porn Club evenings are quickly earning the love and support of the city’s electropop fans.
Though born in Canada, Ugo N'gan'ga Gitau grew up traveling throughout East and West Africa. In 1995 he returned to the country and found a home in the Montreal after-hours club scene, emerging in ’99 as the now infamous B’UGO. His Latin-infused tribal-tech and heavy Chicago funk pushes the limits of house and techno with sounds and influences from world music, pop, rock, Hip Hop and soul. This self-described “funky brother” has established himself as resident DJ at Stereo and the now infamous Gaybash Parties and has spun alongside such A-list DJs as: Dimitri from Paris, DJ Gregory, The Martinez Brothers, Angel Morales, Fred Everything, Honey Dijon and Roy Davis Jr.
An entertainment utopia wherein all shapes, sizes and genders are represented and celebrated, Glam Gam Productions is a Montreal-based performance collective otherwise known as "The Glamily". Founded in October 2009 by Sarah Murphy, Julie Paquet and Michael McCarthy, their first production, Tits The Season…To Be Naughty debuted at the infamous Café Cléopâtre.
VAL Desjardins is the owner and artistic director of the Royal Phoenix Bar, the first queer-run venue in Montreal’s Mile End - an all-inclusive and unpretentious space serving the city's hottest nightlife and delicious food. In recent years she has organized parties such as Faggity Ass Fridays and is also known as Smack Daddy, Canada’s most popular roller derby player. Best known for her collaborations, teamwork and community building, Val was recently voted one of Montreal’s top ten Promoters (not to mention one of Montreal’s sexiest women!).
Sally & Tyler are staples of Montreal’s thriving party scene, infamous for bringing us the party ‘GAYBASH’. Impossible to categorize, these boys have graced the main events in the city with their presence, from stylish scenester bars on Boulevard Saint Laurent to the throbbing dance floors of after hour parties, always causing a commotion with irresistible charm and innate sense of fashion and style.