A free museum pop-up for Underworld, one of the city's longstanding sources for skateboarding and underground music, has opened for a limited time from October 15 to November 6 at Station 16 Editions in Ahuntsic, and it's full of decks, music, photography and more that gives a rare glimpse of Montreal subcultures in the 1990s. This year marks the 25th anniversary for Underworld, a music and skateboard store that dates back to October 27, 1995 when it started in a small room in Montreal's Ahuntsic neighbourhood. That spot grew to become a benchmark spot for underground music in Montreal: With a music venue in its backroom, Underworld hosted bands like Strung Out, blink 182, Anti-Flag, MxPx, and others. Eventually , Underworld opened a second store located on Ste-Catherine Street in 2000, and developed a tour that became its own reality TV show that aired on Musique Plus, Global Extreme, Fuel TV, and other outlets. After that, Underworld opened Underworld Cabaret was born in 2004, where more than 3,000 shows of all kinds took place until it closed in January 2016. That's a lot of cultural history for one spot in one city. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Underworld Skate & Musik (@underworldskatemusik) "I created Underworld because I'm passionate about skateboarding and underground music. In Montreal, in the mid-90s, we had a big gap to fill," says owner Alex Bastide (and also the man behind the Montreal franchise L'Gros Luxe). "It's a huge honor t
Even as Montreal gets back on its feet with reopenings, reinvigorated culture and revived hospitality, many businesses continue to struggle after the last year and change. Everyone—from your favourite neighborhood bar and restaurant to our city’s biggest and brightest theatres and concert venues—could use a helping hand right now.
Time Out Montreal may be relatively new in the city, but as its editors started out by seeking out the best of city life since it began in 2019, it has always taken time to champion what’s local and exciting. The world’s cities, as vibrant as they are, are nothing without their restaurants, shops, cafés, bars, theatres, music venues, cinemas, art galleries—and all the other local, independently run places where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, think, create, cut loose and fall in love.
They’re where we gather to celebrate and commiserate. They fuel our bodies, our minds and our connections. They give locals and visitors alike stunning attractions to explore, irresistible things to do, and as many fresh faces to meet as there are old friends to reconnect with.
Montreal simply wouldn't be the same without a strong community of small businesses providing places for us to gather and share common interests. As the city continues to reopen, Time Out's ongoing Love Local campaign will shine a spotlight on the people, places and organizations that make our city a special place.
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