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posted 28 July 2005 01:29 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
AP: Spotlight Unnerves Montreal's Music Scene

MONTREAL - To find the heart and soul of the Montreal music scene on a recent evening, all one had to do was head to the Mile End neighborhood, walk into a quaint coffee shop and pop into the intimate back room.

About 11 p.m., Former Hot Hot Heat member Dante DeCaro stepped up to the mic at Pharmacie Esperanza. With his guitar slung over one shoulder and harmonica fastened around his neck, DeCaro projected a voice that sounded like pure Dylan whiny, melodic, captivating.

Standing around were many of DeCaro's friends and fans, including Nick Robinson, an organizer of the influential Pop Montreal International Music Festival; Olga Goreas of the experimental ambient group Besnard Lakes; Nick Diamonds and Jamie Thompson from the now-defunct, once-hopeful Unicorns; and electronic artist Tim Hecker, also known as the techno rebel Jetone. Backing DeCaro on drums was Arlen Thompson of the indie buzz group Wolf Parade, which is scheduled to drop its Sub Pop Records debut, "Apologies to the Queen Mary," in September.

In many cities, this would qualify as a see-and-be-seen crowd. But in Montreal, it's the status quo. This is one cosmopolitan city where celebrity and pretense don't exist just a strong community of musicians and artists dedicated to their craft.

They don't necessarily need approval from the outside world, despite the onslaught of international media attention. But now that it has arrived making Montreal a successor to former musical "hotbeds" like Seattle; Austin, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; and the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn many here have mixed feelings.

"There is a kind of knee-jerk fear reaction among certain people that this is all bad that people are going to come here and rape and pillage the pure underground scene," said Dan Seligman, co-founder and creative director of Pop Montreal.

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posted 29 July 2005 07:36 AM      Profile for flushd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
another reason to take a trip to Montreal!
(adding it to To-Do list)

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