Completely irresponsibly, both for time and money, I decided the night before to travel to Montreal, Quebec for POP Montreal, a festival of international music, as well as art, film, symposiums, and all sorts of fantastic stuff.
The festival is 5 days long; in this 10th incarnation, it ran from Wednesday September 21st to Sunday September 25th. I flew on Tuesday, to give myself time to adjust to the city and get my bearings, since I had never spent any significant amount of time here.
Luckily, I was treated like a king, both by my hosts (thank you thank you eternally for being so amazing, Cat & Feo, and Ed & Vicki!!) and by the POP Montreal organizers.
I was so inspired by my experience at POP Montreal, that I am going to apply to work for them in 2012. Truly amazing, passionate, hard working people creating a thoroughly enjoyable, diverse, exciting festival.
Here, I will celebrate my favourite moments and shots, but for my full accounts of the 5 days of POP Montreal, read my posts on The Snipe News:
And for my full gallery of photos, both snapshots of Montreal and Art POP, as well as my photos of performing musicians, see my Flickr gallery of POP Montreal Fest.
POP Montreal Day 1
Fitz & Follwell fitted media up with bicycle rentals for the week. This bike and I were inseparable for the whole week. Thanks Fitz & Follwell!!!!
A Variety of Art for Art POP
The map for all the art, symposiums, etc happening at POP headquarters
Golden Energies by Tyler K Rauman
Series of limited edition mini art books by Julie Doucet
one of the many Bad Summer illustrations by Connor Willumsen. I love the variety of styles Willumsen works in
Stephanie Bokenfohr, curator of Art POP, and Connor Willumsen
an entire loading bay full of this intricate black & white graffiti on St.Laurent, beside Sala Rossa
What’s A Visit To Montreal Without Smoked Meat?
smoked meat sandwich and cherry Cott from Schwartz's
There is a fashion component to POP Montreal called Fashion POP
Country & western star Lindi Ortega
sultry singer songwriter Megan Bonnell
Mark Berube and The Patriotic Few
Mark Berube and The Patriotic Few performed at Sala Rossa
New favourites Monogrenade brought their French indie rock to the festival
POP Montreal Day 2
There are a variety of interesting speakers at POP Montreal. This was called "Meet The Festivals," where representatives from a variety of international festivals talked about their particular focus and challenges
Free outdoor concert featuring Arcade Fire, Karkwa, Kid Koala
The 100,000+ crowd at the free outdoor concert
Electro pop star Grimes getting the crowd seriously movin' at Mission Santa Cruz
Loud multi-instrumental group Tonstartssbandht were one of my favourites of the festival
POP Montreal Day 3
B L A C K I E
Friday started off with a kick - at Maison Notman's BBQ, artists were performing outdoors. Rapper B L A C K I E went mental! It turns out that's how his performances always are, but it took this crowd by surprise.
Beautiful indie rock & folk by Evening Hymns
Latin dance DJ Mr. Pauer brought the groove at Hohm
Living up to the hype (they were on the cover of Montreal's weekly event paper The Mirror), Death Grips sent the Club Lambi crowd into a manic frenzy
POP Montreal Day 4
Rooftop event at Ubisoft
Peter Peter played on the rooftop of game developing company Ubisoft. It was a magical moment to be up there, with a full view of the city towards sunset
Dominique Young Unique
Dominique Young Unique, a sexy woman who kills it on the mic
Zany Quebecois hip hop crew Alaclair Ensemble
Polaris Prize nominated group Galaxie rockin out
Dark electro dance group Trust were moody, but the crowd was eating it up, dancing with all their might
POP Montreal Day 5
Daytime partiers at Piknic Electronik
People of all ages love the daytime party!
As the sun begins to set on Piknic Electronik
Socalled: The Musical
A very bizarre musical, mostly filled with puppets dealing with an invasion of cute red aliens
Crazy hyper band Born Gold played the POP Montreal closing party
Le Guide De Poche
My bible for the week, this pocket guide suffered for it, but held together over the entire festival
Thank you POP Montreal! To all the organizers, volunteers, artists, bands, publicists, and anyone else involved in the festival – thank you! My week in Montreal was one of the best times I’ve had lately! I’ll be back next year…