Scientists have been studying how music affects our brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power…. Whether attending an opera, a rock concert, listening to the radio, or singing with friends around a camp fire, music brings people together, transcends language barriers and fills us with varied emotions. We can collectively agree that music is powerful and here in Montreal, we love it!

This week Gen’s Delights presents a few opportunities to enjoy various types of music around the city!


L’Opéra de Montréal presents Tosca:

Scheming, crime and passion!

Tosca, presented by l’Opéra de Montréal until September 23rd 2017 at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of La Place des Arts, is one of the most recognized works by Giacomo Puccini. With an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, the dramatic piece is 3 hours long, sung in Italian and whisks its viewers back to the heart of Rome in June 1800.

“Tosca (Melody Moore), a tempestuous opera diva and her lover Mario ( Gian Carlo Monsalve ), a painter who supports the emperor during the Napoleonic wars against the established monarchy, have to go face to face with the evil and quite lustful police chief Scarpia (Gregory Dahl ) .”

Directed by Jose Maria Condemi and starring the American Soprano Melody Moore, the opera is a co-production with the Cincinnati opera and is staged in three acts with sumptuous decors that re-creates real life Roman attractions:  Act one featured the interior of the church of Sant’Andrea Della Valle. Act two presents Scarpia’s apartment in the Palazzo Farnese and the final act, takes place on the ramparts of the Castel Sant’Angelo.

Interior of the church of Sant’Andrea Della Valle

The sets and costumes are exquisite in detail and respects the aesthetic qualities of the historical time period: a stylish elegance that is very Italian.

Dramatic music lovers will be in for a treat: According to musicologist Pierre Vachon, the music is very much like a film score with a lot of action happening between the lines.

As an efficient composer, Puccini didn’t want to speak to the intellect, but rather appeal to the heart.

Why, why, o Lord ?
ah, perchè me ne rimuneri così?
ah, why do you reward me thus?

Moore delivers a brilliant : Vissi d’Arte that is very sensual, captivating and descriptive of the inner tumult that the Diva Floria has to face with the unwanted advances of Scarpia.


Tosca runs the 16th 19th 21st and 23rd  of September 2017 at Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

For more information please visit: http://www.operademontreal.com/programmation/tosca


Queens at the Cabaret du Casino de Montreal:

Are you a fan of Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Alanis Morissette, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner and Joan Jett ?

Starting September 8th at le Cabaret du Casino de Montreal, the latest show to hit the stage features 5 fiery female artists (Patricia Bernier, Nancy Fortin, Marie-Eve Fournier, Johanne Lefebvre and Marianne Mathieu) , who charm the crowd with their irresistible choreography and covers of the title songs of the queens of rock and pop who forever changed the face of music.

Directed and conceived by Olivier Thuaud, this new extravaganza musical show features sensual choreography and stunning costumes: imagine lingerie clad backup dancers twirling on dangling aerial chains as well as the appearance of a roaring motorcycle on stage!

My favorite moment of the show was when all five singers sat together on high stools and took turns singing in an acoustic medley that included hits such as Sam Brown’s Stop, Killing me Softly (Fugees) and a roller coaster pitched Janis Joplin version of Summertime !

This show will definitely be an unforgettable evening for anyone who appreciates a lively performance that will rouse the crowd.

18 + only at the Cabaret du Casino de Montreal

8:30 p.m. | Doors open at 8 p.m.
90 minutes no intermission

Dinner-show special also available
Doors open at 6 p.m.

For more information and tickets please visit: HERE


Corps d’Accord at Galerie 1040

Denis Laperriere – Corps Accords

“If an image is worth a thousand words…each portrait is a song ready to take flight!”

Artistic photographer Denis Laperriere and author Annie Fournier will be hosting a music themed photography exhibition from the 19th to the 24th of September at Galerie 1040.

Corps Accords is a photographic journey in which the observer will be invited to capture the essence of the emotion that emerges from a musician accompanied by their instrument.

The photographic works of Denis Laperrière will be accompanied by the poetic texts of author Annie Fournier. The project describes passion, strength and courage, beauty, vulnerability and doubt, revealed through the fragility of these female artists.

The featured models (all real-life musicians) will be performing live during the Vernissage party held this Friday the 22nd. The vernissage is open to all, but you have to reserve your spot by hitting the RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.

This week, come share and celebrate the combination of images, words and sounds!

Galerie 1040,

1040 Marie-Anne East , Montreal

5 minutes from metro Mont-Royal.

For more information, please visit the Galerie 1040’s website at the following link: HERE


IndigoKids Presents: Storytime with Roch Carrier and The Hockey Sweater musical !

The Segal Centre in partnership with Indigo bookstores will celebrate the Segal Centre’s newest homegrown musical: The Hockey Sweater by inviting Canadian author Roch Carrier to read his timeless story at the Chapters Pointe-Claire bookstore on Saturday the 23rd at 11 am .  A book signing will follow.

Adapted from the well-loved children’s classic short story, The Hockey Sweater: A Musical will have its world premiere at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts from October 19 to November 12, 2017. Tickets on sale now at segalcentre.org

Roch Carrier Book signing:

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Chapters Pointe-Claire

6321, autoroute Transcanadienne, bureau 141

Pointe-Claire, Quebec

H9R 5A5

(514) 428-5500

About the Segal Centre for Performing Arts

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to nurturing, producing and presenting world-class English-language theatre and musicals to showcase the best professional artists from Montreal and beyond.
For more information on the Hockey Sweater musical or other up-coming productions please visit:  www.segalcentre.org


Rock n Roll Marathon of Montreal

September 23-24th, 2017

Get ready to ROCK in Montreal. The World’s largest running series has been all about music since 1998.

For those who signed up for this weekend’s marathon, get ready to be cheered on musically by over ten local bands including ( Kit Katz, Snooze +, Air play, Black Board, Cuban Martinez and Midnight Ramblers among others)  who will be set up along different km markings of the race.

Headliner, David Usher with his alternative rock band MOIST performing on Sunday the 24th for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon

After you have completed the full or ½ marathon run on Sunday the 24th, expect to party hard to the music of headliner, Canadian alternative rock band Moist led by head vocalist David Usher, who will be performing at the Finish Line grounds at La Fontaine Park. The headliner concert and activities on site are free and accessible to all.

Also for the runners who have signed up for the marathon, you will have access to Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series Radio — a 24-hour iHeart Radio station programmed just for Rock ’n’ Roll runners, available on your computer or phone, wherever you go. You will be able to hear bands along the course to make your miles fly by!

To register for the Rock ’n’ Roll race or for more general  information ,  please visit: HERE