As the second wave of fall-off-your-chair worthy events settles in, a unique book launch paired with a night of live music is added to POP Montreal 2016, featuring Canadian rock legends The Sadies and a reading by literary dark horse Will McClelland from his acclaimed new novel The Minted.
Strange as this combination may sound, McClelland insists The Sadies were a huge influence upon the creation of his obscenely Canadian dystopia. “There’s a madness in The Sadies' music that The Minted’s villains just couldn’t get enough of,” says McClelland. “Plus Dallas Good was a great supporter of my first drafts, especially when it came to imagining the destruction of Toronto by 300,000 raccoons.”
McClelland’s novel has been lauded by Weakerthans’ frontman John K. Samson, who calls the author “a wonderful and innovative literary voice.” AKA this book is the shit.
The Minted tells the story of The Moose, the charismatic leader of a violent animal rebellion hell-bent on destroying urban Canada in 2030. Only The Moose and his followers understand that the true seat of power in the country is the Royal Canadian Mint. From its horrific production floors, the soul of every animal in the North is being systematically destroyed through a mysterious process known as ‘minting.’ By turns a memoir, a confession and reportage from the front lines, The Minted is a dizzying tour through Canada’s colonial psyche replete with ancient demons, muzzled Members of Parliament and interspecies sex.
This feast of dark Canadiana will take place Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at Théâtre Fairmount and will also include performances by noir country mainstay Li’l Andy and Inuit singer-songwriter Beatrice Arnatuinnaq Deer. Tickets on sale here.