Is Montreal the new Brooklyn, music-wise?‏

From The Telegraph:

Brooklyn, NY has reigned for years as the most fertile land of contemporary indie music and the epicentre for creative hipsters, vagrants and the truly talented who would have been up the road in CBGBs had they been born earlier. Metabolised by volume of artists and proximity, the music scene has jived and thrived, turning out numerous acts such as TV On The Radio, Dirty Projectors, MGMT and Vampire Weekend.

At this year’s SXSW, there’s been a shift and, certainly for me, the most exciting bands are Canadian, and hang out in Montreal. Grimes, born in Vancouver but based in Montreal, is the hottest female artist in town this week. As her third album Visions drops across the world, I spoke to Claire Boucher (Grimes is a stage name) about the music scene in Canada:

“It’s a really close-knit scene. In America there’s lot of cool cities but in Canada there’s like…well, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax may be cool, but they’re so expensive. Montreal is the only city that’s affordable but also has buses and culture. Purity Ring just moved there, Merrill Tune-yards has been there forever. People play shows all the time, we all play with each other, so there’s a lot of feedback.”

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