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.
« 20 years! »
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.
A word about accessibility in our venues
We are very proud to announce that once again, POP Quarters will be completely accessible to persons with reduced mobility thanks to the addition of mechanical ramps (Stair-Trac) from Maison André Viger.
Please note that we take the issue of accessibility and inclusivity in our venues very seriously in our search for spaces. We can ask venue owners to take steps towards making their spaces accessible and inclusive, however we do not have the final say in the management of these spaces.
Want to support inclusivity and accessibility initiatives? Giving your time (or your money!) to an organization such as AXCS will help their members reach their accessibility goals!
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.
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!
POP Montreal would like to acknowledge that our festival, events, and activities take place on unceded Indigenous lands. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We recognize the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather. We are coming together to build new relationships and strong communities; we wish to respect the continued connections with the past, present, and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples in the Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal community. We hope to learn from the traditional custodians of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal so we can continue to grow as an organization, respect the land, and honour the histories that bring us together in celebration of music, culture, and art.
POP Montreal urges everyone who attends the festival, either in person, or virtually, to become informed about and involved in anti-colonial and Indigenous-led struggles and resistance where you live. We would also like to acknowledge the solidarity that exists between Indigenous resistance and Black liberation struggles, and that working towards decolonization also includes supporting Black lives and liberation.
Adapted from Concordia University’s Indigenous Directions Leadership Group Territorial Acknowledgement Statement, February 16, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
A 2-day curated stage at Montreal’s St-Ambroise Fringe Fest attracting 20,000+ audience members in June.
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.
As we continue to weather the pandemic, it is increasingly clear how incredibly vital the arts are to collective mental health and wellbeing, and how nimble we must be as an organization in order to connect artists with audiences, especially during confinement. This year, POP Montreal has faced a drop in revenue from lost ticket sales. Our reduced budget affects the livelihood of artists and cultural workers, who rely on events like ours in order to be compensated for their work. We are grateful for any donations, which will help ensure that POP Montreal continues to support artists and connect them with audiences in innovative, COVID-safe ways!
We thank the Conseil des arts de Montréal for its Fiscal Sponsorship which allows us to carry out our artistic activities.
Donations of 100$ or more qualify for a tax receipt, issued by Conseil des arts de Montréal.