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10 POP MONTREAL 2012 SHOWS YOU SHOULD SEE

The meaning of “pop” music these days is pretty broad, and this year’s Pop Montreal festival, while leaning towards the indie camp, does a good job of proving it. Pop Montreal 2012, September 19-23, meets many a personal pop predilection, but those of us who like synthesizer-drenched dance-core as much as we like conscious hip hop have some tough choices to make. Thankfully, because Pop Montreal shows are usually punctual, the fest pocket guide is fairly accurate, and the all-new Pop app updates on the fly, show hopping is easy! Really! Maybe! Out of the hundreds of shows going on, here are 10 to catch…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: SEPTEMBER 14-20

Montreal is slowly starting to move indoors as summer fades away – things to do this week straddle the open-air events Montreal is famous for and the many sheltered options necessitated by the winter season. See films, dance and music shows in parks and in theatres, tour Tall Ships, meet Star Trek royalty, go to the Opera, or dance the night away…

MONTREAL FALL MUSIC GUIDE 2012

The fall concert schedule in Montreal is always dense, as many artists hit the road in advance of the holidays and hibernation, and this year is no exception. Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, Wiz Khalifa, Journey, Metric, Justin Bieber, Smashing Pumpkins and even Barbra Streisand are among the many who will take to stages across Montreal in coming months…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: SEPTEMBER 7-13

Montreal’s hanging on to its sweet summer vibe this week with oodles of outdoor (and also a fair amount of indoor) entertainment: all kinds of art, dance, film, an agricultural open house, even bike racing! Open-air party Piknic Electronik gets down Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, and there’s plenty of live music in the city too.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 6

It’s Labour Day long weekend and public life is in the spotlight this first week of September: live music, from indie-rock to hip hop, at Olympic Park and around town; film from around the world and from the bike world; fashion shows; outdoor art and performances; a food-and-shopping-filled street party – and it’s Burger Week too!

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST 24-30

Summer in Montreal isn’t over until we say it’s over – so even though this is August’s last hurrah for 2012, the sun is still shining and the party is still going on. This week, the St-Laurent Street fair brings everybody out for shopping, music and mingling, as does the 18th-Century Market in the Old Port, albeit in a different way. There’s also plenty of great live music, film, theatre and dance across the city…

A POP MONTREAL 2012 PREVIEW

For the past 11 years, September in Montreal hasn’t just meant the return of students and cooler days – it’s also the much-anticipated time of the Pop Montreal Music Festival, a fest that started small but keeps hitting new highs year after year…

EXPERIENCEMTL FEST ROCKS PARC OLYMPIQUE

The back-to-school chill may be in the air, but summer isn’t over yet: the all-ages ExperienceMTL, August 24 to September 1, with over 40 bands – including Public Enemy, Atari Teenage Riot and Malajube – ends summer vacation with a bang at Olympic Park in the city’s east end…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MARCH 9-15

Montreal is teeming with activities – indoor and out – and creative talent this week, at film festivals and on stage in music, dance, theatre and art, whether you’re looking for a party, inspiration or quiet time…

UNDER THE SNOW FEST BURIES THE MILE END IN MUSIC

It doesn’t get more quintessentially Montreal than the new music festival, Under the Snow (March 14-18), which emphasizes alternative genres of music (shoegaze, post rock, experimental music, electronica and more) produced in Quebec and beyond. Aside from the great live shows, there’s also a record fair happening soon after for those that liked what they heard…