M for Montreal is back to bring the best local music to your ears.

The festival kicked off its 11th annual event yesterday, aiming to showcase the amazing musical talent we have in Montreal. With over 50 shows within the course of three days, it might seems a little bit overwhelming to make your selection. To help you get to know some of the artists a little bit better, we asked them fashion-oriented questions regarding their top addresses in town and must-haves.

 

 

 

KROY

How would you describe your clothing style?

I’ve only worn black for the past 2 years and that’s the first thing that people tend to notice about my style, but I feel like there’s more to it. I’m really into Japanese inspiration and i like to mix it up with something a little weird or a little gothy, but always put together.

 

What would we never find in your wardrobe?

Super high heels

 

You learn last minute that you have to perform that evening. Which outfit would you choose to wear to feel more in control?

I have about four outfits I wear for my performances so I would definitely pick one of those in order to feel right at home. I’d probably wear high rise dress pants with a tank top and a maxi t-shirt mesh dress over it and platform shoes, along with too much mascara and a very very dark lip.

 

Are the clothes you wear on stage an integral part of your creative universe?

It’s an important part of how I feel so I’d tend to say yes. But I don’t pay too much attention to what people think about it. Most of the time people are farther away and what they see are blurry black shapes anyway. So as long as I feel confident, I’m good to go.

 

What are your favourite clothing boutiques in Montreal?

Ibiki and Cahier d’Exercice. Ibiki has ALOT of black pieces which is perfect for me and a lot of the items come straight from Korea. Plus, they’re a bit more affordable than anything you’d find at Cahier d’Exercice. I only go there to drool and only buy during sales.

 

 Which Quebec designers inspire you the most?

I really love Ovate. There’s such beauty and fragility in all the pieces and I find the attention to the fabric to be the main focus, which is what i always try to look for. I’ve been following the designer for a few years and I really love her style and where she’s headed. She also curates an online shop called CENDRE and I just drool over every item.

 

Which songs are you listening to non-stop these days?

I just got into Weyes Blood and now I’m obsessed. So that’s pretty much all I’ve been listening to for 3 days.

And some Leonard.

 

Which artists would you not want to miss at M for Montreal?

Anemone, Ghostly Kisses, Morthouse and Leif Vollebekk.

 


NOV 18, 2016, 8:15 PM
KROY + Fjord + Ghostly Kisses
Newspeak

 

Heartstreets

How would you describe your clothing style?

E: I think were both pretty much “whatever we feel” on a day-to-day basis. We love high quality clothing, but the brand is definitely unimportant … as long as it’s original, comfortable, and we feel sexy-cozy wearing it.

 

What would we never find in your wardrobe?

E: Leggings… ay ay ay, except for sportswear I don’t get it!

G: Leggings

 

You learn last minute that you have to perform that evening. Which outfit would you choose to wear to feel more in control?

G: All black

E: I know I want my hoops, a slick pair of shoes (changes with the mood) and my black eyeliner.

 

Are the clothes you wear on stage an integral part of your creative universe?

G: A big part of our creative influence comes from the 90’s culture… it shows in our style as much as it does in your music!

 

What are your favourite clothing boutiques in Montreal?

E: IBIKI! Les Etoffes, love Topshop too

G: Topshop, Ibiki, Cos…

 

Which Quebec designers inspire you the most?

E: Edouard Adam. The project he is working on right now is so incredibly cool to me… it’s very inspiring and totally my style. I love clothing that has depth to it and is authentic to it’s creator. I’m so excited for Gab and I to wear it on stage!

G: I completely agree! We also enjoy pieces by Paulina Wonders, Markantoine, Pedram Karimi and the guys from WorkDept… represent Montreal!

 

Which songs are you listening non-stop these days?

E: Kari Faux “Supplier”, the whole Sonny Jim album “Mud in my Malbec”, Boogie “Ni**a Needs” and a beat we’re working on at the moment.

G: “Mad” by Solange, “Sex With Me” Rihanna, “Sorry” Beyonce and a bunch of others.

 

Which artists would you not want to miss at M for Montreal?

 E: Brown et Busty And The Bass! Not only cause we’re playing with them! 😉

G: Same and Kroy!

 

NOV 17, 2016, 8:30 PM
SiriusXM Special Concert featuring Busty and The Bass + Brown + Heartstreets
Club Soda – 24h Stage

 

Motel Raphael

 

How would you describe your clothing style?

We are all a bit different.. but I’d say we come together on the mom jean spectrum and extensive lipstick collections.

 

What would we never find in your wardrobe?

I don’t know really. We legit have a golden ice skating men’s one piece jumpsuit.. so if we haven’t gotten rid of that, it’s hard to say where we’d draw the line..

 

You learn last minute that you have to perform that evening. Which outfit would you choose to wear to feel more in control?

Black? We have a ton of it, but on tour we wear stuff that can go straight from the backseat of a crowded van to the stage. We aren’t mega fancy a lot of the time.

 

Are the clothes you wear on stage an integral part of your creative universe?

Integral – no.. but it is certainly comes into conversation. We find it helps with nerves to feel like you’re wearing a costume, so sometimes we ham it up.

 

What are your favourite clothing boutiques in Montreal?

We’re thrift store girls.. Renaissance, Salvation Army.. but then we also do the Ste-Catherine’s circuit of Urban, Brandy, AA.. and then there’s that new Frank & Oak women’s collection – swoon…

 

Which Quebec designers inspire you the most?

Deux Lions and Alice Kass Lingerie

 

Which songs are you listening non-stop these days?

Fool – Frankie Cosmos

Adult Diversion – Alvvays

Depreston – Courtney Barnett

Water Me – FKA Twigs

 

Which artists would you not want to miss at M for Montreal?

We’ll be at Paul Jacobs’  and John Jacob Magistery

 

NOV 19, 2016, 8:30 PM
Lakes of Canada + Motel Raphael + Krief
La Sala Rossa

 

 

 

Ryan Playground

 

 How would you describe your clothing style?

I like simple clothes with a skater vibe.

 

What would we never find in your wardrobe?

A camisole with tiny straps

 

You learn last minutes that you have to perform on the evening. Which outfit would you choose to wear to feel more in control?

 I don’t really have scene outfits, so it would be what I would be wearing that day.

 

Are the clothes you wear on stage an integral part of your creative universe?

I wear onstage clothes in which I feel comfortable and myself. My music is a reflexion of the person that I am, so it is logical for me to present myself in the most natural way possible. Everything has to be authentic.

 

 What are your favourite clothing boutiques in Montreal?

 I like skate shops in general.

 

Which Quebec designers inspire you the most?

Wrkdept, Dime et Travis Taddeo

 

Which songs are you listening non-stop these days?

Död Mark – Du Vet

 

Which artists would you not want to miss at M for Montreal?

Gabrielle Shonk et Thomas White

 

NOV 19, 2016, 10:00 PM
Rue de Bois + RYAN Playground + Thomas White + WYLN
Apt. 200

 

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