Pop Montreal

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Country and Region CanadaQuebec
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Email: info@popmontreal.com

Festival Description

Pop Montreal takes place at multiple venues throughtout Montreal and features pop musicians from the long-established set to up-an-coming artists. Previous editions presented hundreds of bands playing non-stop for 120 hours.

Festival Dates September 25 - 29, 2013
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Festival Events:

Announced lineup 2013:
  • The-Dream
  • Shuggie Otis
  • The Dodos
  • My Favorite Robot
  • Pierre Perpall
  • Local Natives
Artist feature 2013:
  • My Favorite Robot (Canada)
    • The Toronto based trio My Favorite Robot has risen through the musical ranks since their 2009 debut to become one of the most highly respected production outfits around. The pairing of James Teej, Jared Simms and Voytek Korab seems to be a match made in heaven with the MFR team running a highly successful label, touring the world with label showcases at the likes of The BPM Festival, Winter Music Conference and Sonar Festival, and creating stunning original music and remixes for labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Visionquest, their own My Favorite Robot Records and of course, No.19 Music. The Robot’s connection to No.19 Music stretches back to the formative days for both, when a shared office in Toronto provided the base for Jonny White and the No.19 crew as well as My Favorite Robot. Now, with both camps dominating the world stage it makes for the most natural of partnerships for the new My Favorite Robot album to find a home with the good folks at No.19.
  • Album release
    • Atomic Age’ is a beautifully crafted album that opens the doors on the inner sound of My Favorite Robot. Without a doubt it takes influences from the many dancefloors that the trio have rocked over the past few years, but at its core this is a heartfelt and musical album that showcases the songwriting and performing talents of the three core members. Opening cut “The Circus,” sets the scene with its emotionally charged vocal performance rising through a sea of synth driven electronica. From here there is a series of dark edged, yet highly engaging vocal cuts including “Here Tonight,” the spacey “Ride” and the outstanding recent single “Looking for Frost.” Tracks such as “Home” draw on a distinct 80’s electro feel, whilst the excellently titled “Centreofattentionaut” cuts a deeper, hypnotic channel. The acidic stylings of title track “Atomic Age” reconnect the listener with the Robots’ acid house credentials whilst “Sharpest Tongue” delivers a classic, down tempo electro shuffler with its layered vocals and discordant synths. Finally we have the full eight minutes of “The War to End All Wars” that closes the album with style and leaves you wishing there was more.
      ‘Atomic Age’ will be released on September 17, with an official album release party in New York at Highline Ballroom on September 20. They will continue to celebrate with worldwide album tour dates throughout North America and Europe, featuring stops in Toronto, Montreal, Paris, Barcelona and London. My Favorite Robot have walked a distinctly unique path over the past few years, building a sound that fuses elements from pop’s dark electro past with an intense forward stare into the future. ‘Atomic Age’ is a perfect reflection of that sound and a testament to abilities of the ever-inspiring Robot trio, enjoy!
  • For more information about My Favorite Robot visit
Symposium 2013:
  • The 2013 POP Symposium is unraveling an explosive program which features a spectacular list of esteemed guests who will take part in panels, workshops, storytelling and face to face dialogues, all from September 25 to 29. These events are FREE (unless otherwise specified), open to the public and are all happening at POP Quarters (3450 St-Urbain), Concordia University (J.W. McConnell building) and The SAT (1201 St-Laurent).
  • Speakers include:
  • Talks with:
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Practical Info:

  • Grands Prix du Tourisme Québécois 2012 (Festival and Tourist Event of the Year)/ 2012 POP Montreal received the award for Festivals et événements touristiques budget de plus de 1M$ at the Grands Prix du Tourisme Québécois 2012, for its unforgettable 10th edition which gave Montreal a free Arcade Fire show during 5 days of madness with 370+ performances. POP Montreal would like to reiterate its thanks to its outdoor show sponsors SiriusXM Canada, evenko, Quartier des spectacles, Ville de Montréal, SODEC, Metropole, Tourisme Québec, Tourisme Montréal, AMT, McAuslan, Aldo and TD Bank and of course Arcade Fire, Karkwa, Kid Koala and 101,000 OF YOU WHO SHOWED UP! A special thanks also goes out to all festival sponsors and partners listed below, without whom POP Montreal would not be the monster that it is today.
  • For additional information about the award Click Here.


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