If you’re out and about in Montreal this week and in search of a musical adventure, then you’ll need to join me at POP Montreal. A 5 day long festival (Wednesday September 16th to Sunday September 20th) featuring the best in music, the arts, and multiple meetings of the minds, Pop Montreal is one of the most creative, exciting and interesting times to be in Montreal. And with the fantastic musical lineup for this year, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.
In case you didn’t know, there’s a lot more to POP than the music (but don’t worry, I’m getting to the music). The Puces POP DIY fair will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year between September 19th and 21th at Église Saint-Denis (5075 rue Rivard) . Puces will be showcasing over 100 of the amazing DIY creators that Montreal has to offer. Fashion POP is also back, sending 6 up and coming fashion designers to compete on the runway for the chance to win a $1000 cash prize, an editorial with modemontreal.tv, a one-year online store by Shopify, two POP Montreal Super Passes, and a pop-up exhibition at Espace POP! Film POP will feature the Quebec premiere of The Reflector Tapes , the long awaited Arcade Fire Documentary (September 17th), among other incredible films. So head out and support a different kind of artist this POP.
For the business minded, music industry hopefuls and veterans can mix and mingle at Pop Symposium and hear the likes of Andy Kim, the minds behind FACTOR Canada and Addicted’s good friends at CIMA (Canadian Independant Music Association) share their wisdom and expertise on various aspects of the music business. And speaking of music…
On Wednesday stop by the Music Ontario and Hand Drawn Dracula showcase at Oy Patro Vys (9pm), featuring Fresh Snow , Wish and Beliefs. If you like your music with a side of history, be sure to check out The Sonics (10:15pm), a band who shaped the sounds of grunge, punk and all the music we love, at the Fairmount Theatre (openers Les Breastfeeders are definitely worth checking out as well).
On Thursday Montreal natives Fashion Police (9pm) take the stage at the Sala Rossa, while fellow Montrealers First you get the sugar (9:30pm) play at Hemisphere Gauche. If you’re already homesick, then check out Toronto punk legends The Diodes as they take the stage at the Phi Centre (10pm) to wrap up their recent multimedia tour. And indie veterans By Divine Right will take over the Rialto at 11pm.
If your tastes run towards the heavier stuff I HIGHLY recommend checking out Dance Laury Dance on Friday (7:3opm) , a fun loving, head banging and all around awesome hard rock band out of Quebec City. Legendary Italian DJ Giorgio Moroder (9:30pm) will prove that you can party well into your 70s as he takes over the turntables at Eglise St. Jean Baptiste. And lovely ladies Les Hay Babies will fill the walls of the Ukrainniene Federation at 1opm.
On Saturday think south of the border and check out singer songwriter Alberta Cross from Brooklyn, NY at the Petit Campus (9pm). L.A. Foster will bring her captivating voie to the Divan Orange (9:30pm), and catch AA Wallace‘s first ever performance in Montreal at 8:30pm at O Patro Vys.
To wrap up your time at POP, you can’t lose with a Fast Romantics show. They take the stage at Quai des Brumes at 10:30pm. And Montreal trio Heather are on my must see list for the end of the festival as they take over Brasserie Beaubien at 12:30am.
Attending POP? Tweet your picks and tip to @weraddicted and be sure to say hi if you see me in a crowd!