The smell of festival street meat no longer wafts through your neighborhood, your last sunburn is a distant memory, and your sandals sit lonely and unused in the closet. Everywhere you look there is a gentle reminder that summer is fading. But worry not Montreal, because festival season is far from over. One of the most exciting festivals of the year is actually just around the corner! Pop Montreal is a multi-disciplinary festival hitting the Plateau area of Montreal September 19-23. Mainly an indie music festival, with over 400 local and international artists hitting stages around the city over the five days of the festival, Pop Montreal also exhibits different forms of art, such as film, visual arts, fashion, and artisanal design. So this fall, choose your POP and come check out some of the amazing events happening this year.
Music POP: Montreal’s Fall Indie Music Festival
Show up early to catch the free opening concert Wednesday September 19th at La Tulipe featuring STARS and Diamond Rings, space is limited! Also don’t miss shows by David Byrne & St. Vincent, Lil B, Chilly Gonzales, Gotye, Ben Howard, Grizzly Bear, Grimes, K’naan, and so much more!
Film POP: Cult and Indie Film Screenings in Interesting Locations
Two of the most interesting events in this year’s Film POP are alluded to in the Curator, Kier-La Janisse’s message on the POP Montreal blog, but unfortunately I couldn’t find the dates of these events. Neither do I want to miss either the screening of Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End (1971) in a pool (with the audience in the water!) nor the screening or the Richard Donner’s The Omen happening at midnight from the altar of one of Montreal’s beautiful churches!
Puces POP: Don’t miss it!
Located at 5585 Avenue du Parc, Puces POP is a marketplace of local artisans, designers, artist, and more. As unique as the city itself, the purchasable art at this weekend fair (September 22-23) will provide the perfect early Christmas gift, glamorous fashion piece, or addition to your own art collection. There is no end to the interesting items you can find at this marketplace, and entrance is free!
Art POP: Arcade Fire Art and more
This year many of the Art POP pieces appear to feature a connection between music and art, like the art of The Suburbs exhibition September 21-23, based on the cover art from Arcade Fire’s latest album, The Suburbs.
There you have it, what we found most intriguing about this year’s upcoming POP Montreal. Pick your POP and go for it!