Organized by M for Montreal, presented by Sirius XM, and spanning four days, 34 shows, and featuring 91 artists in 16 venues across the city, this year’s MARATHON Festival will showcase a globe-spanning lineup of some of the world’s most electrifying emerging artists.
Back for its third year, Montreal’s MARATHON Festival, presented by SiriusXM and organized by M for Montreal, makes its return for 2023, announcing its full lineup of over emerging artists from around the globe, taking the stage across 16 of the city’s most iconic venues.
Since July, the festival has gradually unveiled new additions to its 2023 lineup, with the likes of Afternoon Bike Ride, Robert Robert, Banx & Ranx, and Choses Sauvages among the previously announced acts.
It’s a time for discovery, as underground Quebec favourites Geneviève et Matthieu and pop powerhouses Simon Kearney and singer Félix Dyotte rub shoulders with up-and-coming stars Les Lunatiques, Sorry Girls, Grand Eugène, Prince Amine, Ivytide, Vendou and more.
The same goes for English Canada, where Cartel Madras will be gracing us with one of their rare visits to the city as part of a must-attend event on November 18 at La Sala Rossa, with Milk & Bone, dee holt and Virginie B also on the program.
As in its last two iterations, the MARATHON festival will welcome numerous international artists, some of whom will be making their very first appearance on Quebec soil. They come from France (Al-Qasar, Blue Orchid, Suzanne Belaubre), Wales (Bethan Lloyd, Mace The Great), England (Otto Aday), Egypt (Nadah El Shazly), Ivory Coast (Andy S), and the United States (CDSM).
Finally, two debut albums will be launched as part of the event, once again underlining our mission to support emerging projects: Alice, former member of Canailles, will release her EP Du love à revendre at Quai des Brumes on November 18, alongside Ontario’s Billianne, while Tango Golf Tango will launch Dark Tropical Express at Diving Bell Social Club the same evening, alongside Otto Aday.
For the past 18 years, M for Montreal has been programming shows for the general public alongside its PRO festival in November. The 2023 edition marks the 3rd official edition of the MARATHON festival as we know it today. This year, the MARATHON festival by M for Montreal features more than 30 shows spread over 4 days in about 15 venues across the city. It’s a true musical marathon and an opportunity to discover new talent from the Canadian independent scene.