POP Montreal Festival 2017 is… Popping!
What started out in 2002 by friends and colleagues with ‘the collective impulse to create a meaningful and vibrant cultural festival’, POP Montreal is now entering its 16th year as a permanent ﬁxture on the Montreal festival map and the international music circuit. Each year, the ﬁve-day festival presents more than 400 artists to audiences of over 60,000 – and it has grown exponentially since its start with many more components to it, beside just music.
Delivering a bold cross-section of art forms and events, the festival includes concerts, symposium discussions, artisan and visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, ﬁlm screenings and of course, a few all-night parties. For musicians and artists, fans, curators, critics, record labels and industry, POP Montreal is ‘the’ North American festival, providing a dynamic introduction to the next generation of talent. This year it will take place again from September 13th to the 17th, and there is sure to be something that will capture your interest – or imagination.
The range of events and artists performing this year is too extensive to list here, please see the links at the end of this article to get further information – but below is a brief description of the main events and other segments of the festival:
POP MONTREAL International Music Festival is a non-profit community organization that supports independent art forms, showcasing emerging and celebrated artistic talents worldwide. This year’s line-up will once again make you POP! And as part of Sessions 375 (official programming of Montreal 375th anniversary) they have announced an entire day of FREE events, taking place on Saturday September 16th, at both POP Montreal’s daytime and nighttime headquarters, at l’ancienne École des beaux-arts and the Rialto Complex. Performances will include music by Orkestar Kriminal, Klô Pelgag, Aba & Preach, Bonjay, Lunice and Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville.
ART POP is celebrating its 13th year and it has proven to be one of the most stimulating events of Montreal POP. The visual arts component, showcases work by some of the most exciting local and international artists working today. Highlights include a video installation and performance by Maya Stovall, one of the selected artists who recently participated in this year’s Whitney Biennale exhibition of contemporary American art; an artist talk and performance by a New York artist Baseera Khan; and a Céline Bureau Artist Residency that will take over an entire floor of POP Quarters, featuring artists such as internationally renowned sculptor Dominique Sirois and painter Peggy Kouroumalos. And the best part of Art POP – it is all FREE!
There is also:
– PUCES POP the indoor marketplace for handmade arts and crafts.
– RECORD FAIR with the best collectors, shops and labels from near and far.
– FASHION POP committed to supporting emerging artists from Montreal’s fashion scene.
– FILM POP presents a variety of music-related film events, including important premieres and retrospectives and outdoor screenings and expanded cinema events.
– KIDS POP is the kid-focused segment of POP Montreal, offering programming with the same quality and innovativeness as its big bro’ – but geared towards kids of all ages!
There is so much to see, hear, feel and even eat… so head on down this week and weekend – it’s a great way to indulge your ‘inner POP’! For more information on all the events and locations go to: https://popmontreal.com/en