Listeners to Montreal radio are no doubt familiar with the name of Esteban Vargas. These days he is the producer of the CHOM FM Morning Show with Terry DiMonte and Heather Backman. He also oversees The Comedy Show with Joey Elias on CJAD a few nights per week. "This was actually part of my old position over on the production side of things on CJAD, but I insisted I keep it being the huge comedy fan I am," he says. "Joey is also just great to work with!"
But a true labour of love for Vargas is the Montreal Music Scene (MMS), one of the city's oldest and most active online music communities for independent artists and listeners. MMS recently announced the relaunch and re-branding of its image and website, with work done by Raymon Fong.
The relaunch will be celebrated at a kick-off party on Sunday, May 26 at Co-op Katacombes (1635 Boul. St. Laurent) and will feature local Montreal artists and acts such as The Damn Truth (acoustic), Dead Messenger, Patrick Lehman, and more. It will be hosted by Montreal actor/comedian Mike Paterson. MMS will also host a barbeque throughout the night.
Tickets can be purchased through www.admission.com, 514-790-1245, and in person at Sound Central (4486 Coloniale). They are $12, plus service fees. All proceeds will go to the Montreal Children’s Hospital and their Music Therapy Program.
From its humble beginnings over a decade ago, MMS now boasts one of the largest active music message boards and communities in Eastern Canada, bringing together bands and fans alike. They remain an important player in the Montreal music community. With this launch, Varagas and Rose Agozzino hope that MMS will again become a household name within the city’s music scene, while expanding its reach on a national and international scale.
"MMS and the launch party is a labour of love from a group of contributors who are passionate about music and the local scene," Vargas says. "We have everything from professional photographers to writers to designers to musicians"
For more information check out Facebook.com/MontrealMusicScene or follow them on Twitter @montrealmusic.
Here is a clip of Mike Paterson.