Even in gaps between the big festivals like Osheaga and Jazz Fest, Montreal is still an excellent city for seeing music. In Mile End, La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent Blvd.; 514-844-4227; lasalarossa.com) fits 250 for shows that range from reggae to flamenco, with the odd screening and poetry reading thrown in for good measure. Its sister venue, Casa Del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent Blvd.; 514-284-0122; casadelpopolo.com), is a free-spirited cafe-performance venue hybrid, where you can, say, get a vege-pâté sandwich and hear some spoken word. Theatre Fairmount (5240 Ave. du Parc; 514-563-1395; theatrefairmount.ca) is a historic venue that brings national/international acts like Hot Chip to Montreal, and also hosts local stars, like Rufus Wainright. In Little Italy, Bar Le Ritz (179 Jean-Talon O.; 514-274-7676; barleritzpdb.com) is the go-to spot for homegrown acts, DJs, and dancing.