Inspiring international speakers, in-depth talks and one-of-a-kind connections will all be in the mix at this year's POP Symposium, running from September 14th to the 17th at POP Quarters (3450 Saint-Urbain). With over 25 events including professional how-to's,constructive discussions on social issues, artist talks, industry meet-ups, a panel streamed live from across the country and plenty more, this year's POP Symposium will emphasize accessibility of knowledge and empowerment... and best of all, it's FREE!
Amongst some of the programming highlights, the festival is thrilled to present William Basinski in conversation with Erin Gee. Basinski is one of the most respected names in contemporary experimental music, and Gee is a Montreal-based artist and composer who creates biotechnological performances and robotic media. This will be a special opportunity to hear the legend himself explain the techniques and ideas behind his innovative, complex, and deeply beautiful work.
Other artist highlights include a conversation with Royal Trux, two of the most notorious figures from the ’90s rock ’n roll underground, and a cooking beats workshop with none other than Montreal's own rising star and master songwriter Lunice.
The POP Symposium will also be addressing the increasing focus on accountability within music scenes. As call-outs and allegations become more public, the panel will encourage critical analysis about how the industry can actively work towards fostering a healthier environment and meet the needs of communities. This talk will feature Sasha Geffen, an MTV staff writer whose work focuses on intersections of music and gender, Joe Steinhardt, the co-founder of the New Jersey label Don Giovanni Records, Rachel Weldon who works at Kelp Management and coordinates Debaser, a volunteer-driven booking collective based in Ottawa, along with local hip hop artist Peggy Hogan a.k.a. Hua Li and PR expert Beth Martinez.
Last but not least, in the spirit of democratizing information on a whole new level, the POP Symposium is excited to be teaming up with BreakOut West to present The ABCs for Storytelling Musicians, a panel which will be broadcast live from Edmonton featuring international speakers attending this stellar western Canadian gathering. In turn, POP Montreal will likewise broadcast the conversation with Lady Kier to BreakOut West's audience.
Complete 2017 POP Symposium schedule here.