The number of live music venues in downtown Montreal make the city a perfect place to hide away for the weekend and get lost in the rhythms of rock, soul, hip hop or classic blues. Travellers can book a room at the Westin Montreal Hotel this summer and check out the Japandroids at the cozy La Sala Rossa, one of the hippest concert halls in the Francophone city.
The two-piece band from Vancouver, British Columbia, consists of guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse, who both also provide their songs' vocals, a decision they made after realizing that a trio with a lead singer was not their style.
The duo began to gain recognition with the release of their debut album Post-Nothing, in 2009, just around the time when King was recovering from emergency surgery after a near-fatal perforated ulcer.
"For me, a huge thing when Brian was in the hospital was that every day I had awesome news to tell him," Prowse told the Vancouver publication Straight. "It was pretty cool to be able to let him know that we'd just been reviewed in Pitchfork. Or that we'd been added to the Capitol Hill Block Party."
La Sala Rossa fits up to 250 people, providing just enough space to mingle with friends while listening to Japandroids' hits "The House That Heaven Built" and "Wet Hair" before returning to the downtown Montreal hotel.