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 16th 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.
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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), CMJ (USA), Northside (USA), CIMMfest (USA), NXNE (Toronto), Hillside (Guelph), Sled Island (Calgary), Sappy Fest (Sackville), Les Nuits Psychédéliques (QC City), Megaphono (Ottawa), Arboretum (Ottawa), C/O POP (DEU), Torstraußen (DEU), Green Zoo (POL), Beauté Sonique (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.
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.
FRINGE POP: A 2-day curated stage at Montreal’s St-Ambroise Fringe Fest attracting 20,000+ audience members in June.
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.
PUCES POP: Now a staple on Montreal’s arts & craft scene, Puces POP is Montreal’s largest DIY market & crafts fair. Taking place 3 times a year, each edition brings together over 100 vendors and 10,000 visitors.