POP Montreal 2017: Music, Arts and More

POP Montreal 2017: The Best of the Fest

POP Montreal 2017 festival lineup highlights include a performance by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.
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POP Montreal 2017: A Festival of Many Faces

POP Montreal is a music festival, a visual art exhibit, a film appreciation society and a flea market. It's also a series of free art workshops just for kids. In 2017, POP Montreal runs September 13 through September 17, 2017.

But POP Montreal is above all a celebration of creativity that keeps growing in size and popularity since its first edition in 2002. Presenting up to 600 acts in the span of five days, depending on the edition, the fest is usually held at the end of September.

The 2017 edition of POP Montreal running September 13 to September 17,  2017 features over 200 bands playing at various Montreal venues, a hodge podge of established and up-and-coming indie talent like Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Austra, Mighty Diamonds, Ty Segall, Lunice, The Barr Brothers, Kid Koala, and more.


POP Montreal: The Music Festival

Perhaps what POP is best known for is its across-the-board musical programming. Case in point: easy listening top 40 king/American Idol guest judge Burt Bacharach shared the 2008 spotlight (on separate stages) with aggressive tech punk noisemaker T. Raumschmiere. And that's part of POP Montreal's beauty: it dares to combine fiercely independent acts with commercial success stories, though in its first years, it was almost completely indie. Past editions featured:

  • Arthur H
  • David Byrne
  • Arcade Fire
  • Chromeo
  • Tahiti 80
  • Evening Hymns
  • Wovenhand
  • Peaches
  • Serena Maneesh


POP Montreal: Film POP

Featuring films that usually revolve around the theme of music, previous Film POP spotlighted flicks included PJ Harvey: Let England Shake, a series of 12 short films accompanying each track of Harvey's latest album by the same name, and Dream Deceivers: The Story of James Vance vs. Judas Priest, which recounts the true story of a young man whose permanent disfigurement from a failed suicide attempt led his family to sue one his favorite bands over lyrics Vance claimed led him to try and take his life.


POP Montreal: Puces POP

Puces is French for fleas, but Puces POP isn't so much a flea market as it is a creative DIY marketplace teeming with over 100 artists, independent record labels and entrepreneurs selling their creations to the public, an initiative which first premiered in 2006. Count on finding jewelry, fashion, cakes, home accessories, music and other handmade practicalities for sale. Puces POP's marketplace event is usually held during the last two days of POP Montreal, which has alway been on the weekend.


POP Montreal: Kids POP

Crafts workshops (origami, sculpture), music workshops (singalongs, instrument making), live shows and more, Kids POP explores the budding creativity in every child. Usually held on the same days as Puces POP.


POP Montreal: Art POP

Showcasing emerging contemporary arts talent alongside established artists from here and abroad, Art POP is a five-day celebration of visual art, open free to the public.


POP Montreal: Fashion POP

Every year, POP Montreal proposes a competition: a fashion show featuring usually about a half dozen local emerging talents. The winner is awarded a cash prize and an editorial spread.


POP Montreal: Symposium

A five-day music conference open to artists, industry professionals and everyday music fans, covering a variety of topics.


Visit the POP Montreal website for this year's complete lineup.