by Fiona O'Connor
Beats, bikes, and Michaelangelo Antonioni's 1966 classic Blow-Up. These are the makings of an epic August night in Montreal.
For the second year in a row, the folks at Pop Montreal (Montreal's premier indie music festival and organizer of local arts and music happenings) are throwing a Bike-In Dance Party at the Terrace McAuslan, the beautiful canal-side brewery located at 5080 St-Ambroise in St-Henri.
This year's musical theme is disco, or, to use the current designation for the dance music revival sweeping the city, italodisco. So, what is a Bike-In Dance Party you ask? Basically, it's when a bunch of music, film and party-lovers (ie. all Montrealers) cycle independently or en masse to the McAuslan Brewery to catch a movie screening, followed by a night of drinking and dancing and even (though probably before either the drinking and dancing get underway), bike fixing.
Last year's Reggae Bike-In was a smash hit, but this year's DJ line-up is sure to bring on the meanest disco fever the city has ever seen with DJ's Why Alex, Why?, Jay Watts III, Bethany Benzur from NYC and David Shaw of Montreal's Loose Joints crew scheduled to play.
I could go on endlessly about the virtues of David Shaw's music-mixing mastery, as well as the perfectly delightful DJ skills of his Loose Joints counterparts Chris Pare and Davey Lahteenmaa. But suffice it to say that David Shaw is simply my favourite dance music DJ in Montreal, and an evening spent with him presiding over the wheels-of-steel is guaranteed to make you dance- nonstop.
The Italodisco Bike-In takes place this Saturday, August 15th at 5080 St-Ambroise, located on the Lachine Canal and bike path in St-Henri. Admission is free, and Blow-Up will be screened at 7pm. A bike repair workshop will also be offered for $5 between 7 and 8 pm- RSVP for this portion of the evening at email@example.com.