It seems that whenever we’re done with upcoming concerts to reach Montreal for the remainder of 2023, new shows are constantly being added to this growing list. Here are the latest must-see, ready-to-rock shows coming our way in ’23.
Former founding member of Genesis and rock music legend in his own right Peter Gabriel will be performing at the Bell Centre on September 13 as part of the North American leg of his i/o Tour. Not only will he be performing songs from his impressive catalogue of his solo work, but also tunes from his forthcoming album i/o, in which a new song from that album will be released to the public on the full moon of each month. March’s full moon selection will be the song “Playing For Time”. Tickets go on sale as of March 10 via www.evenko.ca or www.LiveNation.com.
The ideal 70s soul flashback takes place at the Bell Centre on August 9, as superstars Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind and Fire team up for their 20-city Sing A Song All Night Long Tour of North America. From “September” to “Dancing on the Ceiling” to “Let’s Groove” to “All Night Long” this promises to be a double-barrelled night of unforgettable soul music. Tickets go on sale as of March 13 through www.evenko.ca.
Fans of heavy metal music should not miss Megadeth’s Crush The World Tour, as it makes a stop at the Place Bell in Laval on May 11. Fresh from their recent sold out show at the famed Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan, Megadeth will be joined by special guests Bullet For My Valentine and Oni for an evening of loud and proud heavy metal music. Tickets go on sale starting March 9 at www.evenko.ca.
And although this is not a rock music show per se, the featured performers are like rock stars in their own way. For six performances between September 8 and 10, and 65 million years in the making, Jurassic World comes from the movie screen to the stage of the Bell Centre as part of its live tour. Audiences will experience Jurassic World as they are magically sent to the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs from the successful movie franchise make their home, such as the Velociraptor Blue, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Bumpy from the Netflix series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. All of the prehistoric creatures that are featured in the show are operated by animatronics and performers.
And any audience member who arrives an hour before show time will be treated to a special pre-show experience. This includes getting to see the Jurassic World dinosaurs and vehicles up close, as well as photo opps with the Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Baby Bumpy. Tickets go on sale as of March 14 by going to www.evenko.ca orwww.ticketmaster.com.
International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)
The 41st edition of the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), a fascinating festival of films that explores the many aspects and disciplines of the arts and culture, is taking place in both Montreal and Quebec City from March 14-26 (March 24 – April 2 online) with 220 films from 49 countries being showcased, which includes 67 world premieres and 49 Canadian premieres. Montreal spectators will be able to attend FIFA screenings at five separate venues: the Outremont Theatre, the Cinema du Musee, Concordia University, the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the McCord Stewart Museum.
Some of the feature films that will be part of this year’s competition include The Faithful: The King, the Pope, the Princess; Keeping the Music Alive, which is about the first women’s orchestra to be established in Afghanistan; Zorn III (2018-2022) about Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan; and the powerful Music Under the Swastika: The Maestro and the Cellist of Auschwitz. For more information about FIFA’s programming schedule, or to purchase tickets, go to www.lefifa.com/en.
The 12th edition of C2 Montreal
The 12th edition of C2 Montreal (C2MTL), regarded as Canada’s flagship immersive creative business event, is scheduled for May 24-26 at the Nouveau Centre in downtown Montreal, which encompasses three of the downtown core’s most recognizable venues, including Place Ville Marie and the Fairmount Queen Elizabeth Hotel. This three-day event will bring together a roster of guest speakers who are major figures in the world of business, industry and creativity that will foster a sense of connection, inspiration, imagination, innovation and networking.
The themes that will be explored at this year’s C2 Montreal are next self, pleasure connection, storytelling electronica, shifting cultures, sustainability now, and openly private.