What do you think of when you think of the Plateau and Mile End regions of Montreal? Generally it is thought of as an artsy fartsy area filled with bohemian types. Following that line of thinking then it is the perfect area to host the Under the Snow festival.
If the thought of going to the Bell Centre to see a big name act is the furthest thing from fun in your opinion then you should check out this indie music festival. The festival takes place at intimate venues filled with people who like good music and not prefabricated pop stars. You can take in for a very small amount of money or even for free acts like Hayden, Anders Parker, Cai.ro, and Harvest Breed. Harvest Breed’s album Everything Changes was a nominee for Best Folk Album at the 2012 Quebec Indie Music Awards. There are acts from Quebec and also those who are established worldwide.
Besides the live music portion of the festival there is also a Salon du disque et des arts underground of Montreal. Held at the Paroisse St-Denis there you can find CDs, vinyl, DVDs, books, clothing, booths featuring cultural organizations, alternative media, paintings, and jewelry.
Under the Snow is billed at being the festival that takes place during the “dead” season. I wouldn’t exactly describe the time in Montreal when the cold winter is showing signs of giving way to spring as a “dead” season. More like a time of hope and regeneration. And that is exactly what this festival will fill you with.
-Dates: March 7-10, 2013
-Venues: Sala Rossa (4848 St. Laurent)
Casa del Popolo (4873 St. Laurent)
Taverne Jarry (552 Jarry East)
Quai des Brumes (4481 St. Denis)
Paroisse St-Denis (454 Laurier East)