One of Montreal’s only true mid-range venues, between the intimate 500-people spaces and the mega-sized 25,000 arenas, Métropolis is smack bang on downtown’s main artery, Rue Sainte-Catherine, between the glitter-and-gold entertainment district of Quartier des Spectacles and the grungier Gay Village. It is only open for concerts, when it serves 2,300 hungry spectators acts like Coldplay, Public Enemy, Peaches, Prince, Queens of the Stone Age – the best of the best have played here at one time or another. With nothing specifically charming about the space itself, it leaves you to focus all your attention on what you’re watching. The sound quality is fantastic no matter where you stand. The balcony is best for a more removed, clear-sighted experience, but the secret to a sweaty, life-changing good time is on the ground level with the other ruffians.
Photo: Susan Moss