21. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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The second largest city in Canada may have a reputation for jazz and French pop, but it has also made a sizeable mark on rock ‘n’ roll history.

The largest metropolis in Quebec has contributed a number of significant artists and bands, none more prominent the legendary folk troubadour Leonard Cohen.

Cohen was a published poet before turning his hand to music, and evolving into one of folk’s most enigmatic and enduring artists, with a body of work to rival Bob Dylan and fellow Canadian Neil Young.

In the late 1990s the mysterious post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor emerged out of the city, and in the early noughties Montreal truly became a key hub of alternative rock, with the acclaimed Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade just two of a number of acts to breakthrough to a worldwide audience.

The city holds a number of renowned festivals in jazz and rock annually, cementing its place as a top city for the arts.

Associated acts: Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire, The Dears, Wolf Parade, Melissa Auf der Maur, Martha, Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Besnard Lakes