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27 août 2008

M for Montréal Comes to the Quays of the Old Port

MONTREAL, Aug. 27 /CNW Telbec

Sirius Canada, in co-operation with Astral Média, presents M for Montréal "Special Edition" on the Quays of the Old Port. The free event in Place des Vestiges at the Old Port of Montréal, from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, will feature six of today's top bands: Socalled, Karkwa, Alfa Rococo, Radio Radio, Misteur Valaire and Torngat. Hosts Geneviève Borne and Anne-Marie Withenshaw will go head-to-head in a friendly DJ contest during a schmoozing BBQ kicking off the event.

The six bands taking part in this special edition of M for Montréal will be lighting up the two stages across from each other in Place des Vestiges, at the Jacques Cartier Quay entrance. "With M pour Montréal, we wanted to introduce the many alternative artists on the Montréal scene to people in the industry around the world," says Sébastien Nasra, founder of the event. M for Montréal on the Quays will allow the general public to attend one of these events and discover the incredible musical talent that's developing in our city and has a great chance of making it big on the international scene."

An enchanting setting

What better place than to host these artists than the Quays of the Old Port, an enchanting setting between downtown Montréal and the River? "Our vision for the Quays of the Old Port is that they should showcase emerging Montréal culture, both summer and winter," says Claude Benoit, President and CEO of the Old Port Corporation. "It made sense for us to be partners in this event, which will introduce the general public to some talented local artists."

A schmoozing BB Q

M is also taking advantage of the superb outdoor venue on the Quays of the Old Port to kick off the event with a schmoozing BBQ. Guest DJettes Geneviève Borne and Anne-Marie Withenshaw, both well known for their musical tastes, will face off in a no-holds-barred battle of the DJs.

All these artists, popular on the Montréal alternative scene and gaining broader public recognition, are ready to launch on international careers. The M for Montréal on the Quays event is committed to serving as a showcase for them and offering Montrealers some amazing musical discoveries. Don't miss this fabulous event!

About M for Montréal

M for Montreal is an export and networking platform founded in 2006 by Sébastien Nasra (Avalanche Productions) and the legendary British festival programmer Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape and co-founder with Peter Gabriel of the WOMAD Festival). In addition to bringing together an international delegation of buyers, journalists and other influential music industry players in Montréal, "M" is a unique, exciting concert experience for music and event fans alike. This year's international showcase will take place from November 20 to 22. Watch for further details!

About the Old Port of Montréal Corporation

For the past 25 years, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation has pursued the mandate assigned to it by the federal government, of promoting and developing the Old Port. As manager of the Quays of the Old Port, one of the most popular attractions in Quebec, the Montréal Science Centre and the IMAX(C) Telus Theatre, and by planning and offering a varied program of activities throughout the Old Port, the Corporation is a major player in the city's economic development.

For further information: and/or artist interviews: Clarah Germain, Media Relations, Quays of the Old Port of Montréal, (514) 283-8085,; Source: M for Montréal

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