MARCH MADNESS POP Montreal heads to SXSW and CMW with Suuns, BRAIDS, A Tribe Called Red, Karneef + The Life and more!

POP Montreal heads to SXSW and CMW with Suuns, BRAIDS, A Tribe Called Red, Karneef + The Life and more!

(From left to right: Mozart’s Sister, Suuns, ‘a k u a’, Young Galaxy)

It’s showcase time! The POPmobile is fueled up for March and heading to the SXSW and CMW festivals, each getting a double dose of POP bands and POP love. 

First stop is Austin where POP Montreal has put together a day party and an official showcase with the most anticipated bands to catch. On March 14th at 7pm, POP Montreal is Legitimate at Planet Quebec (Swan Dive, 615 Red River). The evening will kick off with Montreal’s BRAIDS‘ long-awaited return to the stage! Following up on the international success of their 2010 debut, the band has now reinvented themselves and will give lucky audience members a sneak peak at their sophomore album, due out this summer. NME’s 2011 Best New Artist Suuns will close the official showcase with songs from their eagerly awaited upcoming album, Images Du Futur, out March 5th. Lending a hand at filling the evening with music will be none other than Ottawa’s electric pow wow kings, A Tribe Called Red, as well as some of Montreal’s most talked about artists:  Karneef + The Life, Each Other, AroarA and Solar Year, who just got recent accolades by The Guardian.

Then on March 16th, everyone will show up at the Liberty (1618, 1/2 East 6th Street) because Our Free Day Party Is Better. It’s hard to claim otherwise, expect performances by Montreal’s Mozart’s Sister, who in less that a year has managed to infatuate both Pitchfork and the London Telegraph and Pat Jordache who will be sharing new material after the recently raved release of his new single, Damaged Goods. There will also be more music by Waxahatchee, Sean Nicholas Savage, AroarA, Young Galaxy, Karneef + The Life, Sinkane and the legendary Bernie Worrell Orchestra. This party is FREE and people can RSVP for priority entry, early birds will receive free drinks and swag. PARTY!! An extra special shout out to FACTOR &  MailChimp  for making it all happen!

POP Montreal will then head North and bring some fine music to CMW. It will start on March 21st at the Drake Underground (1150 Queen St West) with a first showcase featuring UN, who recently released their debut self-titled album on February 14th, Ain’t no Love, Karneef + The Life and beats by DJ Lexis (Music Is My Sanctuary).

March 22nd, get ready to rawk! POP Montreal will take over the Silver Dollar (486 Spadina) where festival-goers should prepare to get serenaded by ‘a k u a’, cradled by the slowcore music of Maica Mia, uplifted by the electric guitars of Mad Ones, grooved by the funk sounds of Filthy Haanz, captured by the 60’s sound of Invasions, possessed by Xray Eyeballs‘ garage rock, shook by the punk ballads of The BB Guns and overcome by Solidsexplosive energy.
No rest for the wicked.

SXSW showcases:


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Thursday, March 14th, 2013


@ Planet Québec (The Swan Dive, 615 Red River)

7:30 pm BRAIDS

8:20 pm AroarA

9:15 pm Each Other

10:10 pm Karneef

11:05 pm Solar Year

12 00 am A Tribe Called Red

1:00 am Suuns

Saturday, March 16th, 2013  


@ Liberty (1618, 1/2 East 6th Street)

Come Early For Free Drinks & Swag! RSVP HERE!

12:00 pm to 12:20 pm – Waxahatchee

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm – Sean Nicholas Savage

1:00 pm to 1:30 pm – AroarA 

1:45 pm to 2:15 pm – Young Galaxy 

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Karneef + The Life  

3:15 pm to 3:45 pm – Mozart’s Sister 

3:55 pm to 4:25 pm – Sinkane 

4:40 pm to 5:05 pm – Pat Jordache 

5:20 pm to 5:50 pm – Bernie Worrell Orchestra 

CMW showcases:

Thursday, March 21st, 2013


@The Drake (1150 Queen St West)

12:00 am – UN

12:50 am – Ain’t no Love

1:45 am – Karneef + The Life 

2:30 am – DJ Lexis (Music is My Sanctuary)

Friday, March 22nd, 2013


@Silver Dollar (486 Spadina)

8:00 pm – ‘a k u a’

9:00 pm – Maica Mia

10:00 pm – Mad Ones

11:00 pm – Filthy Haanz

12:00 am – Invasions

1:00 am – Xray Eyeballs

2:00 am – The BB Guns

3:00 am – Solids