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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…

POP! GOES THE CRAFT FAIR

Pop Montreal makes fall-time come alive with music – but it can also fill your pockets with amazing souvenirs of the city. Find all of Montreal’s best tailors, bakers and candlestick makers in one place at Puces Pop…

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…

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…

THE PEOPLE OF POP MONTREAL: PHOTO GALLERY BY RICHMOND LAM

There’s no way you’d ever confuse the Montreal Jazz Fest audience with that of Pop Montreal, but let’s just drop the overused “hipster” descriptor and move on. It’s about as accurate as calling Pop Montreal an “indie” music festival. We enlisted the wonderful Montreal photographer Richmond Lam to help document that the people who attend Pop Montreal are as diverse as the fest itself…

POP MONTREAL BASKETBALL GAME WITH ARCADE FIRE AND FRIENDS

POP vs JOCK was the Pop Montreal charity basketball game organized by Win Butler and Dexter John of the DJ Sports Club. On Team Pop you had Arcade Fire‘s Win and Will Butler, Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend, Miracle Fortress‘s Graham Van Pelt and current and former NBA players Matt Bonner and Paul Shirley, while Team Jock was stacked with members of the McGill Redman and Concordia Stingers. Add in Régine Chassagne on the organ and halftime entertainment by Kid Koala and Richard Reed Parry and it seems likely that Win will get his wish to make it an annual event…

ARCADE FIRE AT POP MONTREAL 2011: VIDEO

Arcade Fire’s free outdoor Pop Montreal show at Quartier des Spectacles was everything we knew it would be. Over 100,000 fans showed up in downtown Montreal and were treated to one of the best concerts this city has ever seen. Check out the post below for a full review and some great photos by Susan Moss and watch this video and to get a sense of what a special night it was. Wow.

ARCADE FIRE AT POP MONTREAL: PHOTO GALLERY BY SUSAN MOSS

Arcade Fire’s love for Montreal – including the crowd of over 100,000 who came out to Quartier des Spectacles last night – was clear as soon as they walked on stage, smiling ear to ear and bouncing into Ready to Start, from their Grammy-winning album The Suburbs. Images of teenage rebellion among suburban sprawl played on screens behind the eight-member band, who seemed intent on eradicating world-wide malaise themselves. “Our hearts are very full right now,” lead singer Win Butler said, and he meant it. Arcade Fire was home.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 22-29)

There’s officially too much to do this week in Montreal. That’s my professional opinion as a go-er and a do-er. Summer may have its multitude of festivals and picnic-in-the-park ways, but autumn packs a bounty of sights and sounds: over 400 bands and artists fill the city for Pop Montreal, jazz and classical musicians join in the music scene too (not to mention Kanye and Jay-Z), stages come alive with new theatre, dance and circus arts, and fashion, visual art and film bring in creative work from around the world…

POP MONTREAL: 10 YEARS OF SHOWS IN COOL PLACES

Back in its first year, 2002, Pop Montreal helped me discover the city’s nooks and crannies via music, and the festival still manages to find new venues for bands to make their own. Pop Montreal’s venue choices have included the tried and true, but it’s the unusual and interesting locales that have stuck in my memory. Maybe that’s how memory works though, a strange environment just solidifying good music and a good time…