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Things to do in Montréal: September 11 to 17

Back to school already? No worries, it’s recess every hour of every day somewhere in Montréal! Pop Montréal sets the tone for this week of full-packed fun, not to mention the tons of great art shows to see, plays and dance performances to catch and quiet nice times to be had too, like in the botanical gardens. Oh, and anyone down for a BMX competition? Pop music Welcome to Pop Montréal, one of the city’s most exciting music festivals (and that’s saying something in the city of festivals!), uniting hundreds of rock, pop, hip-hop, folk and electro artists in venues all over Mile End and the Plateau (and beyond). With dozens of shows every night, not to mention music-industry insider talks, film screenings, the Puces Pop art & craft fair, Fashion Pop’s catwalk shows, Art Pop’s amazing exhibitions and talks (don’t miss yours truly interviewing amazing artist Olaf Breuning on Friday, September 18 at 6 pm), expect your schedule to be extra packed between September 16 and 20. Opening night sets the tone with a party at Pop HQ, plus shows by Cœur de Pirate, Félix Dyotte, Molly Sweeney, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Ruby the Hatchet, Ecstatic Vision, Fanfaraï,… / Read More →

POP Montréal must-see shows

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal, dancing to the beat of indie rock, electro, hip hop, punk, classic R&B and new music that defies genre let alone “pop.” From September 16 to 20 the POP Montréal tradition continues in its 14th year as venues big and small across the city welcome over 400 artists. Never a festival to cast aside history, POP Montréal honours the influential greats with shows that prove new music’s roots run deep. See Italian record producer and pioneering electronic dance music hit-maker Giorgio Moroder with local atmospheric electro duo Organ Mood, rave-ready electronic legends The Orb, chart-topping blues guitarist and songwriter Barbara Lynn and Louisiana Blues Hall of Famer guitarist Lil’ Buck Sinegal, heavy rock legends who’ve never quit Motörhead and Anthrax, enthralling  guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, American garage rock and DIY-proto-punk band The Sonics, once-members of Sonic Youth Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, Canadian old-school punks The Diodes, 90s indie-rock originators Built to Spill, industrial metal heroes Godflesh, and one of the original riot grrrl bands Babes in Toyland screaming right back onto the stage at POP. Montréal musician Coeur de pirate, known… / Read More →

Music Makes the World Go ‘Round at POP Montreal

If music is the stuff of life, the POP Montreal International Music Festival can teach us all a thing or two about how to live large – with a slew of rock, indie-pop, electro, punk and hip hop shows to choose from every day for a full five days, the festival keeps music fans playing on in 2014…

A Guide to Pop Montreal 2013

Montreal music festival Pop Montreal knows what’s going on in music today and has been sharing its insights for over a decade now. The festival returns for its 12th edition, September 25–29, with hundreds of shows from indie-rock to hip hop, along with art, film, chances to chat with festival musicians, and plenty of time to party…