Osheaga Music and Art Festival will take place on the first weekend of August in Montréal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, a lush expanse of green on the serene Île Sainte-Hélén, which is situated just east of the city’s downtown core.
Each year Osheaga features a specifically designed line-up of chart-topping musicians and emerging artists, intended to present festivalgoers with a fusion of homegrown and international music that is innovatively breaking waves in existing genres.
Festival Line Up
Friday, August 03, 2012:
Justice, Sigur Rós, Florence + The Machine, MGMT, The Weeknd, Franz Ferdinand, Amadou & Mariam, Fun., Of Monsters And Men, Zeds Dead, Classified, Down With Webster, The Walkmen, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Jezabels, Wintersleep, Gary Clark Jr., Atlas Sound, Dum Dum Girls, Les Breastfeeders, Yukon Blonde, Poliça, Graffiti6, Huoratron, Half Moon Run, Prison Garde, Freelance Whatles, Mak 10 & Hyper MC, Solids, LP, Funkyfalz, Hey Ocean!
Saturday, August 04, 2012:
Snoop Dog, Feist, Garbage, Brand New, Dumas, The Jesus and Mary Chain, A$AP Rocky, Young The Giant, Yeasayer, Plants and Animals, Calexico, The Raveonettes, The Sheepdogs, Adventure Clubs, Black Lips, Portugal. The Man, Kathleen Edwards, Avec pas d’casque, Little Dragon, Arkells, The Aggrolites, Brandt Brauer Frick, Memoryhouse, The Death Set, Young Galaxy, Karim Ouellet, Kandle, Propofol, Kaytradamus, Simon Called Peter
Sunday, August 05, 2012:
The Black Keys, Metric, City and Colour, The Shins, Bloc Party, M83, Common, Passion Pit, Santigold, Knife Party, Wolfgang Gartner, Buraka Som Sistema, Madeon, Aloe Blacc, Zola Jesus, Woodkid, The Airborne Toxic Event, Austra, Tame Impala, The Black Angels, James Vincent McMorrow, Michael Kiwanuka, Keys N Krates, Dan Mangan, Zeus, Zombie Disco Squad, Le Matos, Vosper
- How do I get to and from the festival?
- How do I get around during the event?
- What time does it start and end?
- Is reentry allowed?
- Are there any prohibited items?
- Can I bring outside food and/or drink?
- Will there be food sold at the event?
- Will there be alcohol sold at the event?
- What do I need to know about money?
- What will the weather be like?
- What should I wear?
- What should I bring?
- Anything else I need to know?
How do I get to and from the festival?
Osheaga is one of the most convenient festivals when it comes to traveling to the festival site. Once you have arrived in Montréal, all you need to do is to take the Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke Metro line subway (or “metro,” as you’ll hear the locals call the underground rail) one stop from Berri-UQAM to Jean-Drapeau Metro; this brings travelers right to the gates of the festival.
How do I get around during the event?
Osheaga’s four stages are spread out, taking full advantage of the park’s diverse landscape; however festival-goers will have to travel on foot to get to the different stages.
What time does it start and end?
Friday’s festivities begin in the evening, while the Saturday and Sunday line-up starts at noon. The Festival ends at 11:00pm each night.
Is reentry allowed?
Re-entry is allowed as long as wristbands are valid and intact.
Are there any prohibited items?
Alcoholic beverages (brought from on outside source), illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, glass bottles and cans, rigid thermos, coolers, or other such containers, megaphones, fireworks, beach balls, soccer balls, etc., skateboards, animals (except service animals), large back packs (camping style), tents, video equipment, professional photo equipment (SLR cameras, i.e. removable lens cameras), audio recording equipment, any items intended for sale/promotion, and any objects that can be used to cause bodily harm are prohibited at Osheaga.
Can I bring outside food and/or drink?
You can only bring in small snacks for your own personal consumption.
Will there be food sold at the event?
Food can be purchased from a wide variety of food vendors on the festival grounds.
Will there be alcohol sold at the event?
Alcohol will be sold on the festival sites; the legal drinking age in Quebec is 18 years of age.
What do I need to know about money?
There will be ATMs on the festival site. Most vendors will only accept Canadian cash.
What will the weather be like?
Montréal experiences its peak warm weather in August. The average August temperature is 21°C (68°F); with an average high of 28°C (83°F) and an average low of 16°C (60°F).
What should I wear?
Dress in summer attire, but bring a sweater or light jacket for when the temperature drops at night.
What should I bring?
Patrons who wish to purchase alcohol are asked to bring two valid pieces of government issued identification to prove they are of age. You should also bring a clear plastic water bottle for refilling to keep hydrated.
Anything else I need to know?
Although it may be tempting, camping on the festival site is prohibited. Check out our Sleep recommendations instead.
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Montréal’s gourmand culture will be sure to awaken your inner glutton. Expect many delectable dishes, cheeses, and rich wines to seduce your belt into expanding a few notches.
La Buvette Chez Simone
- 4869 Avenue du Parc
- Montréal, QC H2V 4E7
- + 1 (514) 750-6577
This tapas-style comptoir (which translates to bar or counter in English) is located in Montréal's Outremont, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood filled with many delicious spots. The charcuterie and cheese plates pair nicely with the great selection of wines.
- 106 Rue McGill
- Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5
- + 1 (514) 871-8887
Le Cartet, located in Old Port, is part restaurant, part boutique. High ceilings, with suspended light fixtures, create a pleasurable environment for a great eating experience, whether you’re having lunch, brunch, breakfast, or you’re just stopping by for some take out.
- 4631 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- Montréal, QC H2T 1R2
- (514) 842-3479
Vegan has never been so good! Located in the Plateau, this restaurant features delicious organic and locavore options. Try the végépâté, it is worth emigrating for! The menu also features a Montréal fumé, a vegan take on Montréal’s famous smoked meat sandwich!
- 408 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
- Montréal, QC H2Y 2S9
- + 1 (514) 678-5044
Located in Old Montréal, this restaurant is co-owned by local chef and television personality, Chuck Hughes, who also happens to cater Osheaga’s artist tent! Two Words: Lobster Poutine. Reservations are a must.
Schwartz’s Montréal Hebrew Delicatessen
- 3895 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- Montréal, QC H2W 1X9
- + 1 (514) 842-4813
This legendary deli is boasted to have the best Montréal-style smoked meat in town; their pickles are pretty amazing as well! Expect to wait in line if you go during lunch hours, but this deli will so be worth it, especially if you enjoy a pickle while you wait.
Montréal’s downtown core offers travelers a variety of comfortable accommodations. As Osheaga takes place in Jean-Drapeau Park, but since camping on the premises is prohibited, it is recommended that festival goers chose accommodations that are close to a metro station, which will make travel to and from the festival grounds easy.
Anyone who has friends living in Montréal knows how stunning the apartments in the city are. And for as low as 70 CAD a night anyone can rent a Loft in the Plateau or a split-level apartment in Mile End.
- 449 Rue Sainte-Hélène
- Montréal, QC H2Y 2K9
- + 1 (514) 904-1616
Minimalist in design, yet traditional when it comes to old world comforts, Gault’s five storey hotel sits prominently in the heart of Old Montréal. After spending day and night rocking out in the hot sun, who wouldn’t want to come home to a classically furnished suite or loft starting at 239 CAD a night? For added luxury book a terrace suite with a devastatingly beautiful view of Old Montréal. All rooms are equipped with complimentary high-speed WIFI and iPads are available upon request.
- 360 Rue Saint-Antoine Ouest
- Montréal, QC H2Y 3X4
- + 1 (514) 987-9900
This sleekly styled-hotel (with fur-pelts lining the lobby walls) is located in Montréal’s Old Port. The once fortified city center is one of the oldest urban areas in North America. Cobble-stone streets slope down hill, giving the area an old-world European feel.
Opus Hotel Montreal
- 10 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
- Montréal, QC H2X 4C9
- (514) 843-6000
Opus is the perfect abode for those who don’t want the party to ever stop, as the fashionable Mile End’s nightlife is booming. Koko Restaurant and Bar features a spectacular outdoor terrace and serves market fresh Quebecois specialties. Also, a little birdy told me that this boutique hotel housed a number of artists who played Osheaga in 2011. Rooms start at 189 CAD a night
UQAM - Résidence de l'est
- 303 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est
- Montréal, QC H2X 3Y3
- +1 (514) 987-6669
Not only is staying at the UQAM residences economical, it is convenient. The east residence is only a five minute walk from Berri-UQAM metro station, which is one metro stop away from the Osheaga festival grounds. Rooms start at 48 CAD a night, while studio apartments are available for as low as 69 CAD a night.
Montréal’s boutique culture inspires local shoppers to avoid big names and chains, and wander into the comforts of the unknown.
- 6596 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- Montréal, QC H2S 3C6
- + 1 (514) 507-7755
This unisex vintage and consignment shop features great designer vintage pieces from Fendi, Hermès, Burberry, and Yves St. Laurent. Founderie offers quality vintage pieces at prices that won`t hurt to look at.
- 384 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest
- Montréal, QC H2Y 2A6
- + 1 (514) 285-1012
Michel Brisson’s two boutiques are devoted to innovative men’s fashion. As the exclusive Montréal retailer of Dries Van Noten and Jil Sander, Michel Brisson continues to house avant garde designs and textiles. This shop is a must-see for any fashion conscious male.
- 5758 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- Montréal, QC H2T 1S8
- + 1 (514) 285-1012
Sustainable materials, local production, and innovation meets quality design at atelier b. Catherine Métivier and Anne-Marie Laflamme have made clothing that is timeless, mixing graphics from the 50's and 60's with new technology.
- 4333 Rue Rivard
- Montreal, QC H2J 2M7
- +1 (514) 499-1323
For nearly twenty-five years, this record shop, located behind Mont-Royal metro, has been Montréal's foremost destination for indie and rock records. Self-dubbed as the "anti-HMV," the shop strives to not only sell great albums, but to offer audiophiles a great selection of local talent.
After spending your days listening to live music in the hot sun, you’ll want to spend your nights cooling off in at least one of Montréal’s many electrifying bars, clubs, and venues. Be sure to check out local listings for unique Osheaga related events.
Also as July 30 to August 5 is the twentieth edition of Divers/cité, Montréal’s gay pride week, the city is sure to be buzzing with techno parties, drag performances, and other exciting festivities.
- 3956 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- Montréal, QC H2W 1Y3
- + 1 (514) 843-4860
Open seven nights a week, in the trendy Plateau, this bar hosts a different weekly each night: Dublounge, each Wednesday, is a night of new and classic reggae tunes; while Night Trackin Thursdays with Montréal based DJs Seb Diamond, Duvall, and Jacque Greene, is a weekly event that is committed to introducing locals to contemporary dance music.
- 5788 Boulevard St. Laurent
- Montréal, QC H2T 1S8
- +1 (514) 658-1622
Located in Montréal's Mile End, this queer-friendly establishment plays host to the city’s liveliest crowds: serving cheap eats off their “PoBoy” menu; chilled drinks during 5 à 7 (happy hour); and clearing out the tables at night to make space for some sweaty dance parties. The Royal Phoenix is truly committed to your enjoyment.
- 5322 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- Montréal, QC H2T 1A5
- + 1 (514) 507-1642
During daylight hours the Sparrow is known for their all-you-can-eat, three-course brunch. But as the sun sets, many attractive locals flock to the Sparrow for good music and well-crafted cocktails. Try their famed Dark and Stormy!
- 4483 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
- Montréal, QC H2T 1R4
- +1 (514) 845-8443
For over twenty years, Le Belmont has provided patrons with good music and good times. This venue hosts both international DJs and live bands, but many fans of Le Belmont prefer to stop by for casual drinks, a game of billiards, or events like hip hop karaoke.
August in Montréal offers travelers an eclectic mix of music, art, and cultural festivals. But when you need a moment to turn away from all the excitement, you need only to turn to nature, as the city houses many parks and waterfront views.
Located just west of downtown Montréal, this mountain gave its name to the city. It is quite the sight at night, with its illuminated cross burning bright. But the view from atop is absolutely stunning, and is worth the steep hike. Bring a picnic and let yourself be serenaded from birds that call the mountain tree-tops home.
Marché Jean Talon
- 7070 avenue Henri-Julien
- Montreal QC H2S 3S3
- + 1 (514) 937-7754
Montréal has a rich market culture that includes fourteen market sites, which feature fresh produce, bread, fish, cheese, meat, desserts, maple syrup, flowers, spices, etc. And as Marché Jean Talon happens to be a short metro ride away from the Osheaga’s festival grounds, it is a great place to for post-moshing tire d'érable (maple treat).
Divers/cité – July 30th to August 05th 2012
- 4067 boul. Saint-Laurent Bureau 300
- Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7
- (514) 285-4011
Divers/cité, Montréal’s gay pride week, is an art and music festival that prides itself presenting diversity through expression. Now in its twentieth year, the festival continues to offer an exciting line up of outdoor electronic, ambient, techno, and house music. There are also modern dance, jazz, and drag showcases. The weekend culminates on August 5th with the tenth edition of La Grand Danse, a massive techno party that will feature the legendary David Morales.
- 451 Rue Saint-Jean
- Montréal, QC H2Y 2R5
- + 1 (514) 849-3742
The DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art will be presenting Ryoji Ikeda’s first survey exhibition in North America from June 14th to November 18th 2012. The exhibit is a profound investigation of sound, time, and space and their basis in mathematical methods. The press release states the following: “Spanning the microscopic to the infinite, his performances, installations and artworks variously produce sine waves, sound pulses, pixels of light and numerical data - sometimes in extraordinary combinations.” Admission to the DHC/ART is free, so be sure to not miss this!