In conjunction with Film POP’s screening of Leilah Weinraub’s documentary Shakedown, POP Symposium draws the film’s themes of black queer culture and nightlife into a Montreal-focused panel discussion. Focusing on a black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles in the early 2000s, Shakedown explores issues of cultural identity, labour, and the privacy and autonomy afforded to communities of colour. Drawing parallels between Shakedown and numerous Montreal gay, lesbian, and queer bars that have tried - with varying levels of success - to establish themselves over the years, this discussion will examine the trajectories of these spaces, the communities they serve, and how they are represented and remembered on a wider public scale. >> Montréal-based Odile Myrtil is a vocalist, lyricist, DJ and multimedia artist whose work encompasses experimental club music, hip-hop, and folk. >> Kama La Mackerel is a tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based performer, writer, storyteller, arts facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores aesthetic practices as forms of resistance and/or healing for marginalized communities. She is the Artistic Director of Our Bodies, Our Stories: a QTBIPOC arts mentorship program and the founder of GENDER B(L)ENDER, Montréal’s monthly queer open stage. >> Lucas Charlie Rose is a multidisciplinary hip hop artist, community organizer and entrepreneur based in Montreal. He is the founder of: Trans Trenderz, a non-profit record label with the goal to provide trans artists with the resources they need to make music and uplift their narratives. >> Jodie-Ann Muckler (they/them) is a queer Black community organizer, activist and artist.