Casa del Popolo
In recent years, Montreal’s music scene has given rise to a parade of innovative bands, including the Arcade Fire and the Stars. If you want to take the pulse of the scene, head to this intimate no-frills café and performance venue. Jazz, rock, world, avant-garde, and improvisational musicians—both known and obscure—appear regularly under Popolo’s pressed-tin ceilings. Larger acts also perform across the street at the sister venue, La Sala Rossa.