The Symposium is POP Montreal’s characteristically unique take on the music conference. Focusing on the relationships between music, art, culture, and creativity, the Symposium presents a series of dynamic conversations about pressing music-related issues, encouraging our community to build movements, strategize and develop new creative approaches. In the past, symposium events—which include workshops, conversations with icons new and old, panels and round table discussions—have been housed in the POP Quarters in the former Ecole des Beaux Arts de Montreal.


Aims to empower, educate and inspire while reflecting our city’s diverse and artistically charged culture. The Symposium brings together a range of the most interesting as well as important figures associated with music, in the broadest sense, offering intimate access to the ideas, tensions and forces at the heart of today’s music world.


Pop Montreal’s conference has gone through many transformations, from its early days as Pop and Politics, to hosting the Future of Music Coalition conference in 2006. In 2008, POP Montreal re-envisioned the traditional music conference format and launched the Symposium – a noisier-than-ever 5 day celebration of the creative process and hands-on learning. Its wild success was thanks to 100 speakers and collaborators and a glowing testament to the vibrancy of Montreal’s artistic community as well as that of our festival’s international audience.

The 2012 Symposium is running with this momentum delivering programming that matches the unique and open-hearted approach of years past. That means that we’ve designed all events with You in mind – music lover, artist, student, lawyer, writer, living legend, inventor, industry member, hungover festival goer.

Whether you are a person who loves music or a person who has chosen to make a life in music, you are invited to participate in the creation of a community network and skills base that will endure well beyond 5 days.



Alaska B (Yamantaka//Sonic Titan), Alice Bernier (Warner Bros Games Montreal), Allison Anders, Andre Faleiros (Cirque du Soleil), Andrew “Noz” Nosnitsky (The Fader, Pitchfork, NPR), Ben Shemie (SUUNS), Bernie Houde (Dépanneur Le Pick-Up, Alexandraplatz), Bernie Worrell, Black Bear, Blood and Glass, Brendan Canning, Cakes da Killa, Christopher Roberts (Cirque du Soleil), Dan Burt (JWT), Dan Graham, Darren Higman (Warner Brothers), David Dufresne (Bandzoogle), Elizabeth Price, Fred Wesley, Giovanni Marks, Glenn O’Brien, Greg Ipp, Greg Pymm, Hamed Sinno (Mashrou’ Leila), Howard Bilerman (Hotel2Tango), Ian Ilavsky (Constellation Records), Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses), Jacob Nathan (Clearsongs, Inc), Jaimie Warren (Whoop Dee Doo), Jake Friedman (We Are Free, Lovepump United Records), Jamie Thompson, Johan Kugelberg (Matador, Def American), John Lee, Jonathan Mak (Sound Shapes), Josh Dolgin (Socalled), Juan Rodriguez, Justin West (Secret City Records), Keith Fullerton Whitman, Kid Koala, Killer Mike, Laurent Saulnier (Nuit Blanche de Montréal), Lysandra Woods (Third Side Music), Marion Gabbaï (Imperial, Les Femmes s’en Mêlent), Matt Sonzala, Matthew Harris (Rough Trade Publishing), Megan James (Purity Ring), Meyer Billurcu (Blue Skies Turn Black), Miranda Campbell (Montreal’s Rock Camp for Girls), Mishelle Pack (Sony/ATV Music Publishing), Natalia Yanchak (The Dears), Patricia Boushel (Colin Stetson, Tim Hecker), Patrick Watson, Paul Jones (Rough Trade Records), Planet Studios, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Remi Arora (Diamond Rings, Ohbijou), Reuven Ashtar, Roy Vucino (Red Mass), Sebastian Cowan (Arbutus Records), Shuggie Otis, Simon Brault (Canada Council for the Arts), Simon Landry (Ubisoft), Stacey Wilhelm, Susan Abramovitch, Tony Visconti, Vish Khanna, Will Straw (McGill), and Yellowman.


Alain Brunet, Alan Licht, Ami Kay Spishock (Fort William Artist Management), Andre Guerette (Opak), Andre Williams, Andrea Von Foerster (Firestarter Music), Avery McTaggart (The Windish Agency), Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red), Bertrand Burgalat, Brett Leonard (McGill), Cadence Weapon, Caila Thompson-Hannant (Mozart’s Sister), Chloe Walsh (Press Here), Chris Kaskie (Pitchfork), Cory Arcangel, Damian Taylor, David Byrne, Edan Wilber, Eric Lewis (McGill), Evan Dubinsky (Blue Skies Turn Black), Fanfare Ciocărlia, Gillian Nycum (Long Play Management), Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Howard Bilerman (Hotel2Tango), Howie Chen, Ian Blurton (Change of Heart, Weakerthans), Ian Ilavsky (Constellation Records), Jason Camlot (Concordia), Jeannette Lee, Jimmie “Bo” Horne, Joe Ahearn, John Bissell (Mothlight Music), Jonathan Sterne (McGill), Jonathan Sterne (McGill), Julien Aidelbaum (Scene 1425), Kerri Cockrill (RIM), Kristin Thomson (Future of Music Coalition), Liars, Lindsay Michael (Liederwolfe), lucky dragons, Lysandra Woods (Third Side Music), Marie Pierre Brunelle (SOCAN), Martin Bisi, Melissa Weigel (Moment Factory), Michel Beaulac (Opéra de Montréal), Mike Haliechuk (Fucked Up), Mike O’Brien, Mookie Singerman (We Are Free, Lovepump United), Morgan Lebus (Domino Recordings, Ribbon Music), Nasri, Navid Navab, Nikolaos Bardanis (Ubisoft), Patrick Curley (Third Side Music), Philemon Chante, Richard Grabel (Davis, Shapiro, Lewit & Hayes), Rob Bowman (York), Ruby Attwood (Yamantaka//Sonic Titan), Sebastian Cowan (Arbutus Records), Shaun Bronstein (Danagement), Shevaughn Battle (FACTOR), Stephane Moraille (Lussier & Khouzam), Syd Butler (French Kiss Records), Tim Hecker, Tony Scudellari (Sony), Venus X, Vincent Morisset, Vivien Goldman, Will Straw (McGill), and Win Butler.