Bon Jovi brought a set heavy with sugar coated ballads to a swooning Montreal audience on the first night of two shows in the city. The band has moved on from being a must-see rock act to being a curiosity for those who remember 1989. Seeing the band live was once a badge of honour, now it’s simply an excuse to get out of the house and let someone else do homework with the kids. Would be nice to see the band rip into older material like “In And Out Of Love”, but those days are gone forever.

Montreal’s The Great Sabatini is without a doubt, one of the most interesting bands emerging from the Canadian underground. Theirs is a familiar yet distinctive sound that mixes the intoxicating eeriness of Neurosis and Today Is The Day with many other extreme and not-so extreme genres. With several North American tours and three previous releases under their belt, the band’s new recording, Matterhorn, is a six song journey that brings to the table different levels of moods without ever losing sight of the raw aggressiveness that characterizes them.

American hardcore band This Is Hell played a killer, high-energy set in Montreal on October 8th. Opening for The Chariot, Comeback Kid and Underoath, This Is Hell performed an amazing set that definitely left a more than positive impression on the crowd. I’d be stoked to see them around again! Check the pics taken on a Nikon D90, 14-24mm f.2.8 & 50mm f/1.8.