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About POP Montreal

20 Years!

POP Montreal International Music Festival is an annual not-for-profit curated cultural event that champions independence in the arts by presenting emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the world.

Launched by friends and colleagues in 2002 from the collective impulse to create a meaningful and vibrant cultural festival, POP Montreal is now entering its 20th year as a permanent fixture on the Montreal festival map and the international music circuit. Each year, the five-day festival presents more than 400 artists to audiences of over 60 000.

Delivering a bold cross-section of art forms and events, the festival includes concerts, symposium discussions, artisan and visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings, and, of course, a few all-night parties.

For musicians and artists, fans, curators, critics, record labels and industry, POP Montreal is the North American festival that provides a dynamic introduction to the next generation of musical talent and independent art forms.

We POP Year-Round!

Showcases

POP presents several stages at select national and international events, such as SXSW (USA), Liverpool Sound City (UK), The Great Escape (UK), Focus Wales (UK) CMW (Toronto), NXNE (Toronto), Hillside (Guelph), Sled Island (Calgary), Sappyfest (Sackville), Les Nuits Psychédéliques (QC City), Megaphono (Ottawa), C/O POP (DEU), Torstraußen (DEU), Green Zoo (POL), Beautés Soniques (BEL), etc.

POP-Off Tours

Nationwide & European tours featuring some of the most promising Canadian talent.

Local Club Events

POP hosts year round events and parties at various venues across the city, country and internationally.

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Marché des Possibles

Launched in 2014, the open-air urban marketplace attracted over 14,500 people in second first year! Taking place every weekend between June and August, the Marché des Possibles features a variety of food trucks, artisanal vendors, a biergaarten, and eclectic FREE programming for all ages.

Espace POP

In June 2012, POP Montreal opened a new gallery space dedicated to showcase the work of local artist. Located on the ground floor of POP Montreal’s offices, Espace POP hosts a variety of art shows, POPup shops, book/zine launches, workshops and much more.

Fringe POP

A 2-day curated stage at Montreal’s St-Ambroise Fringe Fest attracting 20,000+ audience members in June.

Puces POP

A 2-day curated stage at Montreal’s St-Ambroise Fringe Fest attracting 20,000+ audience members in June.

Environmental Initiatives

The POP Montreal team is also happy to announce that there will be no plastic bottles or straws in venues operated by the festival. There won’t be any bottled water at our bars or backstage, but never fear, there will be water fountains accessible to everybody. Bring your reusable bottles! As for our glasses, they’re made from corn starch and are locally produced. They’re compostable!

Code of Conduct + Safety Measures

POP Montreal is committed to ensuring the safety of everyone who comes to our events. Racist, sexist, transphobic, or otherwise threatening behaviour will not be tolerated. We have staff ready to assist you if you feel unsafe at any time.

Ask the security agents / bar staff / volunteers at the door or any POP staff who are wearing an ''ÉQUIPE / STAFF'' pass for help. We also have PLURI facilitators on-site every night of the festival, who work to keep our dancefloors safe and inclusive.

If you prefer to receive anonymous support by phone, you can contact Tel-Aide, who provide an active listening service, at 514-935-1101.