The Taverne Tour is back: the music is back in the bars
After a canceled edition and a virtual one, the Tavern Tour is back to its usual formula. On the program for this indoor winter festival: approximately 80 groups who will perform in some twenty small venues, including several bars, on the Plateau Mont-Royal.
The organizers of the Taverne Tour are particularly excited about this sixth “face-to-face” edition which will begin in a few days. Already, the pre-sale is the best the event has seen since its inception.
“We have four or five shows that are already sold out,” says co-founder Marilyne Lacombe. We feel that there is a really good response from the public. We can see that people have been hooked on the event, even though it has not been there for two years. It's encouraging and it makes you want to go even further.”
Among the very popular shows this year is that of Choses Sauvages, on February 10 at the Escogriffe. “It's a typical Taverne Tour show,” says producer Philippe Larocque. Their last concert was at Metropolis (MTelus). And there, they make the Escogriffe. It sold out within days.”
Gros Mené at the Taverne Saint-Sacrement (February 9) is also another group that usually plays in much larger venues.
The show of Montreal band now based in Berlin, The King Khan & BBQ Show, also sold out very quickly. “We are being harassed for tickets!” said Philippe with a laugh.
New York Artists
Among other artists to watch this year, organizers name Lydia Lunch Retrovirus (“a punk legend who comes from the CBGB scene, she collaborated with Nick Cave”), on February 11 at the Escogriffe, Adam Green (“a legend of the anti-folk movement in New York, there is a buzz around him with the documentary Meet Me In the Bathroom), February 10 at Sala Rossa, and Johnny Pilgrim (“a Quebecer who moved to Los Angeles in the late 1970s and made music videos for Guns N' Roses and Metallica”), February 10 O Patro Vys.
The organizers are also making a small departure from the concept of the Taverne Tour, which only focuses on small venues, to offer the show of the group of Montreal at La Tulipe.
“They were supposed to come and play last year, before we had to cancel the edition, says Marilyne. La Tulipe is located in the center of our main axis which is Mont-Royal Avenue. Their last show in Montreal dates back to Club Soda in 2014!”
First launched as a mainly rock festival, the Taverne Tour has gradually welcomed other musical genres, including hip-hop, over the years. “We are going into a broad spectrum that is linked to underground music”, says Marilyne.
For the organizers, this edition of the Taverne Tour, which has always had in its DNA to encourage local businesses, is special after the very difficult years experienced by the pandemic. “The last festival goes back three years, says Marilyne. But there, we no longer want to talk about the pandemic! [laughs]”
The sixth edition of the Taverne Tour will take place from February 9 to 11, in the Plateau Mont-Royal district of Montreal. For programming: tavernetour.ca.