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Montebello locals pay tribute to Rockfest: hear it on #Apt613Live

By Livia Belcea on June 20, 2016

It’s festival season in the National Capital Region and one of the biggest, most exciting and significant festivals happening right now is RockFest. In its 11th year, RockFest attracts over 200,000 festival goers over 3 days and packs over a hundred artists and bands, from local newcomers to rock legends.

The festival was created by Alex Martel, a young kid from Montebello who decided to put on a show with his band. Tickets back then were a mere $10 and featured young bands just starting out, but Martel kept the festival going over the years and expanded it into what is now Canada’s biggest rock festival.

As of Thursday morning on June 24, the whole town of Montebello QC, less than an hour away from Ottawa, completely shuts down to let festival goers take over the main street and the Montebello marina. Over the next few days, rockers and fans will party with NOFX, Korn, Lamb of God, Blink 182, Rise Against, Ice Cube, Billy Talent, Sum 41, Puscifer, and too many more other bands to list in just one sentence. This RockFest has a distinct 90s and early 2000s feel, and guarantees a healthy dose of nostalgia and good times all around.

What’s extra special this year is that the first day of the festival also happens to be La Saint-Jean Baptiste, Quebec’s big yearly celebration, and Rockfest has a great line-up of French bands in order to celebrate in style.

Photo by Phil McGarty.

Photo by Phil McGarty.

Apartment613 caught up with Les Chiens Sales, one the bands performing on La Saint-Jean, and is devoting its Tuesday radio show to an exclusive interview and live performances of songs from their new album, including their brand new tribute song: RockFest!

Les Chiens Sales is a very special band, as the members are locals from Montebello and have been playing at RockFest since its inception back in 2005.

Tune into CHUO 89.1 FM on your radio or listen live, tomorrow on Tuesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. and get ready for RockFest!


Amnesia RockFest takes place from June 23-26 in Montebello, QC. 98% of tickets are sold, but you can still purchase yours at if you act fast! Don’t forget to book your camping and parking spot, this is a sleep-away festival in a quaint village.