Montreal Kinetik Festival! Gothic Industrial EBM concerts & nightlife: Katacombes club, Bar Passeport.

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Ready for my Montreal Goth clubbing and travel guide? Here’s a round-up of the city’s best Dark Industrial and Punk parties, and review of Kinetik Festival 2013!

When night falls, I’m ready for a crawl. Full info about my hair and clothes are in this outfit post.

Montreal goth club, bar passeport, ebm

The friendly door person invited us into Bar Passeport, located near many restaurants on St-Denis.

Montreal goth party, bars

It was the first stop on a nightcrawl with my friends, Lauren and Asta. The lady at the bar recognized me from my Myspace days! To welcome us to her city, she gave us shots of whiskey and maple syrup.

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Bar Passeport has various themed nights, as illustrated on the flyers. (Funny how you can see our faces in the reflection.) We had fun dancing to “EBM, Alternatif, Synthpop, New Wave, Gothique”. Upcoming darkwave parties are listed on their Facebook page.

club chaos, montreal punk bar

Right next door is Club Chaos, a legendary punk bar. Cheap drinks and skeletons are always a good sign.

Foufounes Electriques

Another classic bar is Foufounes Electriques, which often has live music performances. In the 1980s, this club was a gathering place for punk and Goth subcultures.

Montreal concert venue, bar, live bands

The metalwork inside “Foufs” and outdoor enclosure remind me of the Monster bar in Berlin.

katacombes, Montreal heavy metal club

Lauren and I had fun at Coop Katacombes. From the exterior, you can guess this is a heavy metal hangout.

queer punk, girl riot club, red mohawk

Our stay coincided with Queer Ass Punk. To our delight, the night was dedicated to Grrl Riot! DJ Velvet Underparts blasted music by L7, Joan Jett, Sonic Youth, and even the Daria theme song.

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John Waters’ movie Hairspray aired above the bar, and Millie Rosado sang while playing keyboards and guitar.

belmont sur boulevard, kinetik concert

On to the main attraction: Festival Kinetik at Le Belmont. Known as North America’s Wave Gotik Treffen, the event brings in international Industrial-Noise-Goth-EBM bands for a weekend of performances. Previous years have featured Nitzer Ebb, Funker Vogt, VNV Nation and more.

Montreal kinetik festival, goth music

2013 featured a scaled-down version of Kinetik, which created a friendlier atmosphere. Everyone gathered in one place, to see bands like Project Pitchfork and Terrorfakt.

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Lots of fun fashion at Le Belmont. In the side room, Goths gathered at the bar and browsed CDs at the merch table. (My deconstructed top is by h.NAOTO Red.)

montreal Electro Noise EBM Festival

We perched at the upstairs balcony, which gave us an unhindered view of the stage. My silhouette proves I’m an alien…

suicide commando, live performance

I was impressed at the level of organization; all the bands started on time. Suicide Commando took the stage with a giant cross projected in the back.

kinetik festival goth bands, tickets

They showed a countdown for their “Cause of Death” song: “Every 40 seconds someone attempts suicide…”

daniel graves, aesthetic perfection singer

The next evening, I met up with my friend Daniel Graves of Aesthetic Perfection, one of Kinetik Festival’s headliners. We filmed a hilarious “bagel tasting battle” together — can’t wait to show you the video!

aesthetic perfection live, kinetik festival performers

As always, Aesthetic Perfection performed with charm. Daniel has a knack for making the audience smile and dance.

funny sleep masks, eyes mask

After a long night, it’s time to put on our slit-eyed sleep masks. They’re gifts from Velvet Moustache, who we met during our art studio visit.

What’s your impression of Kinetik Festival and the Montreal Goth alternative scene? Did I miss any nightclubs or parties? Let me know by leaving a comment.

Coming up next… Goth and pin-up shopping in Montreal, and an announcement about my August destinations!


  1. MelissaR
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    So cool! I love the picture of you with the beam of light! And your legs look aaaamazing! Very cool about the whiskey and maple syrup shots – I gotta try that!

    Posted July 16, 2013 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Amazing style <3!

  3. Maite Poissant
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    I was so happy to meet you, it’s me; the Passeport’s barmaid! Next time you come to Montreal you have to visit Boutique Diabolik: and boutique Creature:

    • lacarmina
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much darling!! Was a pleasure and I’ll mention these stores in the next post!

  4. Jen
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    Queer Ass Punk sounds like my kind of event. I didn’t realize Montreal had such a lively goth scene.

    • lacarmina
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      You would have loved it!! <3 PS will let you know asap if the skirt is available ;)

  5. Laz
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:26 am | Permalink


  6. Shui
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    OMG! ♥ I want to go to that place *O*

  7. Eddy
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Excellent! And thanks very much for the tips!

  8. YellowEva
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    jealous. i want to party with you guys.

  9. Casey
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Amazing look.

  10. City
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Great review of the #Montreal Kinetik Festival and #Gothic nightlife–

  11. PW
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    cute article

  12. Valstion
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Get in touch with your inner Goth

  13. Kora
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    ke lindo!!

  14. Priss
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh no, we missed you in Montreal :<

  15. Panda
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    JF does a great job of organizing this event each year. Next time stop by Creatures, it’s the new store in town. Best selection of new local designers and all your favorite lines too.

    • lacarmina
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

      I’m so bummed I missed creatures! In the next post, I talk about boutiques and I’ll definitely mention it :)

  16. Francis
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    So cute!

  17. Michael
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    You’re so close!!! Come out East to the Maritimes, La Carmina!

  18. Christopher
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I saw you on the show Oddities buying the Elks head. You are very pretty even in a Gothic way.

  19. Garett
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next.

  20. Samantha
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Wish I was there.

  21. Henry
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink


  22. Friv 4
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    i like it

  23. Friv 2
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    very good. thanks

  24. Yepi 2
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    cool like. i love you

  25. Kizi
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    i like picture for you. thanks

  26. Neska
    Posted July 19, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    you got a pic of me in my favorite shirt

  27. cxad
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    thanx for that

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