Montreal’s Roots Music Scene - Live Music Calendar



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MONDAYS : Bob Fuller’s Hillbilly Night at the Wheel Club [see note below], 3373 Cavendish (below Sherbrooke), in NDG. Free admission, begins at 9PM. Started by Bob Fuller 44 years ago and still run by him, Hillbilly Night is an internationally-known event that welcomes all who are in favor of or at least open to Old-Time Country Music. It is attended by the young and the old, the French and the English, the ladies and the gentlemen, the hip and the square. Singers, whether amateur or professional, do two songs each in a rotation backed by a pool of able players. Styles covered include bluegrass, western swing, rockabilly, honky tonk, skiffle, old-timey, fiddle tunes, hillbilly, country boogie, Nashville Sound, and then some. You haven’t seen anything like it. This event has built a real and expanding community, and is a jewel in the cultural world of Montreal.

The Wheel Club, home of Hillbilly Night every Monday, is available for all kinds of social and musical occasions. Seating capacity is 157 people, catering optional. Rental of the hall depends on the number of people attending. Location : 3373 Cavendish (south of Sherbrooke W.) in the NDG district of Montreal. Contact : 514-489-3322 or 514-429-8190.

TUESDAYS : Jazz Knights Dixieland Band. Kelly’s Bar, 88 Donegani, Pointe Claire (in the Valois Village), 694-6438. Starts around 8PM, ends at 11 PM, free admission.

SUNDAYS : Bluegrass Night at Barfly, 4062A St-Laurent (at Duluth), 514-284-6665. Free admission. Hosted by Matt Large of Notre Dame de Grass and Mark Peetsma of Catfish and Kleztory.


for a detailed list of blues shows, go to the music listings at the Montreal Blues Society website

for info on their extensive series of folk concerts of local and international acts, visit Hello Darlin’ Productions or call
(514) 524-9225

is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, author, and musician
based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Nights Music Communications, 2006