Upcoming event: POP Montreal 2013

August 31, 2013

You haven’t experienced the culture in Montreal until you’ve experienced POP Montreal.

The annual cultural festival will be taking place this year between Sept. 25 and 29, where dozens of bands and artists will be performing in over 50 venues around Montreal.

Founded in 2002, POP Montreal is a non-profit festival that celebrates the independent arts, and as such features some of the best independent musicians from around the world. Artists who have played during the festival in previous years include Broken Social Scene, Amon Tobin, Hot Hot Heat, Metric, The Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Ratatat, and Dan Deacon.

This year, POP Montreal will feature Fat Tony, FLIST, Katey Koore, Li’L Andy, The Narcicyst, Whitehorse, Colin Stetson, and Brave Radar, among many other musicians in varying genres. Participating venues include Divan Orange, Gus’s Pub, Katacombes, L’Astral, La Tulipe, and Le National.

But POP Montreal is more than just a music festival. Also part of the festival is POP Symposium, which studies the relationships between music, art, culture, and creativity. The Symposium this year will be featuring a Q&A session with Tony Visconti, a music producer who has worked with many world renowned artists, including David Bowie, Paul McCartney, and Morissey. The event will be happening on Sept. 28 at 7 pm, at the Société des Arts Technologiques (S.A.T).

And that’s not all, because POP Montreal includes a film festival, where each year, premieres, live film score performances, and expanded cinema performances take place. This year, POP Film will include a screening of Bayou Maharajah, a film that documents the life and musical career of James Booker, the New Orleans rhythm and blues piano legend. It will also include a screening of Strutter, where co-director Allison Anders will be present to answer questions about the movie.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, POP Montreal also features Art POP, the visual arts part of the festival, as well as Kids POP, which aims at getting children immersed in the arts.

For details on all the events that will be taking place, and to buy tickets, visit the POP Montreal website at popmontreal.com.