Pop Montreal

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POP Montreal International Music Festival
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Genre eclectic
Dates Sept. 25–29, 2013
Location(s) Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active 2002–present
Founded by Daniel K. Seligman, Noelle Sorbara, Peter Rowan
Attendance 50,000+

POP Montreal is an annual music festival occurring in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the early fall, usually at the end of September or the beginning of October. More than 400 bands are scheduled to play in more than 50 venues across the city, mostly located in the Mile End area. Along with music, POP Montreal has music-related film (Film Pop), art events (Art Pop) as well as a conference (POP Symposium) and a cultural fair called Puces Pop.[1][2] The initial festival in 2002 saw 80 musical acts performing in 40 venues around Saint Laurent Boulevard.[3]

The name of the festival was inspired by the Halifax Pop Explosion.

Since its creation by Daniel Seligman, Noelle Sorbara, and Peter Rowan in 2002,[4][5] Pop Montreal has presented concerts of important rock, indie-rock, alternative, hip hop and folk artists from North America and Europe as Beck, Billy Childish, Interpol, TTC or Franz Ferdinand along with local favorites The Dears, Les Breastfeeders, We Are Wolves, Arcade Fire and The Unicorns.

Co-founder Daniel Seligman, whose brother Chris Seligman is the keyboardist of the band Stars, serves as the festival's creative director.[6][7][8]

Line up 2002[edit]

The Walkmen, Stars, Blonde Redhead, Arthur H, Interpol, The Dears, Broken Social Scene, Vulgaires Machins, Les Breastfeeders, Amon Tobin, Gros Mené, Julie Doiron, Constantines, Yann Perreau, Hot Hot Heat, Martha Wainwright, Lederhosen Lucil

Line up 2003[edit]

The Arcade Fire, Buck 65, The Unicorns, Malajube, The Besnard Lakes, Black Dice, Et Sans, Pony Up, Metric, Sloan, Wolf Eyes, Chromeo, The Distillers, Galaxie 500, Queens of the Stone Age, Tiga, Shades of Culture, Milk-Taiwan Milk.

Line up 2004[edit]

Franz Ferdinand, Kool Keith, An Albatross, The Black Keys, Tegan and Sara, Frog Eyes, We Are Wolves, Duchess Says, Jorane, Ghislain Poirier, Subtitle, The Weakerthans, Socalled, Magnolia Electric Co., Mission of Burma, Patrick Watson, Torngat, Billy Talent, Death From Above 1979, Lil' Andy, Constantines, Flogging Molly, The Hold Steady, Apostle of Hustle, Holy Fuck, Les Georges Leningrad, Karkwa.

Line up 2005[edit]

Pop Montreal 2005.

Beck, Wolf Parade, Gonzales, Antony and the Johnsons, Billy Childish, Champion, TTC, Islands, Woodhands, Land of Talk, The Dirtbombs, Joseph Arthur, Wintersleep, The Most Serene Republic, Plants and Animals, CPC Gangbangs, Cadence Weapon, Navet Confit, Black Mountain, Deerhunter, Think About Life, The Lovely Feathers, Zoobombs, Priestess, Asobi Seksu, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Tokyo Police Club, Kings of Leon, Architecture in Helsinki

Line up 2006[edit]

Highlighted artists in 2006 included Roky Erickson, Vashti Bunyan, Joanna Newsom, Gary Wilson, Gonzales, Dr. Octagon, Spank Rock, TTC, Think About Life, Kid Sister, Sloan, Cadence Weapon, The Russian Futurists, Beirut, Akron/Family, Born Ruffians, Patrick Watson, Handsome Furs, Socalled and more.

Line up 2007[edit]

Patti Smith, Cody ChesnuTT, Pere Ubu, Half Japanese, Mort Sahl, Ron Sexsmith, Michel Pagliaro, Black Mountain, Oakley Hall, Sunset Rubdown, The National, A-Trak, Kid Sister, Caribou, Born Ruffians, Final Fantasy, Chromeo, Tiga, Bobby Conn, Yelle, DJ /rupture, Tony Rebel, Jr Kelly, Starvin Hungry, Bionic, Trigger Effect, Lotusland, Magnolia Electric Co., Chad VanGaalen, The Watson Twins, MSTRKRFT, DJ Mehdi, Jay Reatard, Qui, Megasoid, Glitch Mob, The Cool Kids, Gary Lucas, Earlimart, Ndidi Onukwulu, Miracle Fortress, Tagaq, Fujiya and Miyagi, Daedalus, Filastine, United Steel Workers of Montreal, The Barmitzvah Brothers, Maga Bo, Georgie James, Tiombe Lockhart, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Library Science, Yip Yip, Basia Bulat, The Bicycles and We're Marching On.

Line up 2008[edit]

Burt Bacharach,[9] Ratatat, The KnuX, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Hot Chip, Beach House, Baby Dee, Vivian Girls, Silver Apples, Dan Deacon, Brazilian Girls, Black Kids, Jason Collett, Sebastien Grainger, T. Raumschmiere, Vetiver, Akron/Family, Dr. Dog, Congorock, Irma Thomas, The Virgins, The Dodos, Aleks and the Drummer, The Dears, The Bug, Liam Finn, Megasoid, Socalled, Watain, Julie Doiron, The Luyas, These Are Powers, The Lovely Sparrows, Japanther, Dirty on Purpose, The Death Set, AIDS Wolf, Dark Meat, Sister Nancy, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Zombie Zombie, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Dana Countryman, Socalled's Porn Pop, Herman Düne, Chad VanGaalen, The Persuasions, WIRE, The Sainte Catherines, Thomas Function, Dominique Grange & Jacques Tardi, Great Lake Swimmers, Katie Moore, Woodhands, Sam Shalabi, Gatineau, Chocolat, Irma Thomas, The Wedding Present, Evangelicals, Jana Hunter, Cex, Teeth Mountain, Teki Latex, The D'Urbervilles, Michie Mee, Two Hours Traffic, Meta Gruau, Patricia Chica & Rockabilly 514

Line up 2009[edit]

Fever Ray, Butthole Surfers, Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow + The Missingmen, Diamanda Galas, Os Mutantes,Roxanne Shante, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dalai Lama', Mono, DJ/Rupture, Tobacco, Lemonade, Ghislain Poirier,Chairlift, Matt & Kim, Iris Dement, Loudon Wainwright III, Wovenhand, Destroyer, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence, The Homosexuals, Bajofondo, tUnE-YaRdS, Zombie Disco Squad, Mike Simonetti, Think About Life, Parlovr, Balacade, and many more.

Line up 2010[edit]

Line up 2011[edit]

Colin Stetson, Baby Dee, Krista L. L. Muir

Line up 2012[edit]

Line up 2014[edit]

POP Montreal International Festival will take place from September 17 to 21 2014. A few names have already been announced for the line-up. They include : Sheryl Crow, JJ Fad, Panda Bear, Sun Kil Moon, Ronnie Spector, Suzanne Vega, Timber Timbre, DJ Food, Cheeba & Moneyshot, Twin Shadow, Trust, Donnie & Joe Emerson, Dot Wiggin Band, Mutual Benefit, Deafheaven, Bomba Estéreo, Calypso Rose + Kobo Town, Ty Segall, Why?, Les CB's, Hailu Mergia & Low Mentality, Les Deuxluxes, Hiss Golden Messenger, Lydia Ainsworth, PS I Love You, Shonen Knife, Gazoline featuring Simon des Lutins, Dessa, TOPS, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Solids, Zébulon, The Wooden Sky, Wakey! Wakey!, Alden Penner, Blues Control, Katie Moore, Mozart's Sister, Pharis and Jason Romero, Diane Cluck, Ought, WAND, Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Grey Lands, Philémon Cimon, La luz, Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors, Def3


  1. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (September 28, 2009). "A festival more fecund than ever: POP Montreal: New edition holds promise for young and old both", National Post, p. B16.
  2. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (September 30, 2006). "POP Montreal: 'Our festival is better.' Thus read the Pop Montreal poster cheekily displayed at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival a few weeks back. Not that it's a competition, of course.", The Gazette. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Knelman, Joshua (September 26, 2002).
  4. ^ Cernetig, Miro (September 27, 2003). "POP Montreal keeps it small: Indie managers launch festival: 'Pop has become a dirty word'", Toronto Star, p. J12.
  5. ^ Zivitz, Jordan (September 25, 2004). "For organizers, small is beautiful: Fest shines spotlight on overlooked indie bands", The Gazette, p. D3.
  6. ^ Brijbassi, Adrian (February 11, 2010). "Montreal's indie music scene sizzles", Toronto Star, p. T7.
  7. ^ Macfarlane, John (March 12, 2007). "Free beer, free bashes – oh, and some bands, too", The Gazette, p. D1.
  8. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (September 25, 2010). "POP Montreal: Unknown acts get along famously", Edmonton Journal. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  9. ^ Liss, Sarah (July 31, 2008). "Hyperbole watch: Pop Montreal edition", CBC News. Retrieved May 31, 2011.

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