Montreal isn’t as divided as it was 10 years ago between the Anglo and Franco scenes. It’s becoming easier for projects to reach into both scenes or work with people they used to see as living in another city (sound engineers, producers, musicians, studios, etc.), which I believe offers many new opportunities for artists and interesting results.
Also, with attention spans of fans shrinking, loyalty of crowds not being what it was when we were growing up, and buzzes lasting minutes, we see bands, artists and scenes stepping up their game to stay relevant and worth following. A good example is the underground electro/hip hop called Piu Piu which has been growing and gaining more attention even internationally because of their non-stop creativity. Downfall of this ADHD attitude in consuming music is that bands don’t last very long anymore. So Montreal is bubbling with “fake hope bands” who you think will explode but break-up into side-projects before they even had time to mean something and leave a trace.
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