It's a Tuesday afternoon in late September and Mind Bath and I are sitting in a church pew at St. James United Church. The 130-year old church is attached to the intimate music hall Le Balcon, where Mind Bath just finished sound checking for "463 Carats," one of the nights of Red Bull's week-long Montreal Music Festival. The night will shine a light on a new generation of prolific and talented artists who have recently emerged from the city; a close-knit crew of collaborators and friends which Mind Bath feels fortunate to be part of: "It's so crazy because these people are literally all my best friends," he smiles, "and we're all performing here tonight."

Montreal has long been known as the home for poets and artists, a place for drifters and dreamers, and its musical history has always leaned eclectic and experimental. In the 21st century it's become especially noted for its thriving indie scene—producing such acts as Arcade Fire, the Dears, Chromeo, Wolf Parade, Half Moon Run and Milk & Bone—and, in an age where careers have been made on Soundcloud and social media, its “Piu Piu” movement, a term used to describe the futuristic, spacey brand of hip-hop championed by producers like Kaytranada, Shash’U, High Klassified,​​​​​​ and more. It also remains of the most affordable 1M+ population cities in North America, inspiring many artists to relocate there in pursuits of cheap rent and freedom to create.

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