Symposium, conference, festival and
plenty of jams.
By Blurt Staff
POP Montréal’s Symposium
– starting next week – is an artist-driven music conference that
aims to empower, educate, and inspire by focusing on the relationship between
art, culture, and creativity, with the aim of “encouraging the [Montréal]
community to build movements, strategize, and create.”
Confirmed artists for POP Montréal are: Burt Bacharach, Ratatat, Nick Cave and The
Bad Seeds, Hot Chip, Beach House, Baby Dee, Vivan Girls, Silver Apples, Dan
Deacon, Brazilian Girls, Black Kids, Jason Collett, Sebastien Grainger, T.
Raumshmiere, Vetiver, Akron/Family, Dr. Dog, Congorock, Irma Thomas, The Virgins, The Dodos,
Aleks and the Drummer, The Dears, The Bug, Megasoid, Socalled,
Watain, Julie Doiron, These Are Powers, Japanther, Dirty on Purpose, Deathset,
AIDS Wolf, Dark Meat & more!
Non-performance events highlights will include
conversations with soul-queen Irma Thomas, a master class with experimental filmmaker
Jem Cohen, a performance by no-wave pioneer Lydia Lunch, beat-boxing with the
Persusasions, exploring African rap culture with filmmaker Femi Agbayewa, and
some good old-fashioned internet policing with the Future of Music Coaltion.
Film POP, POP Montréal’s film seminar will feature international
shorts, documentaries and music films.
According to the press release, “This year’s
films have a stronger music focus than ever before. Whether it’s Wizard rock
inspired by Harry Potter or the under-appreciated genius of Arthur Russell-FILM
POP has it covered. In addition, we will be screening a fascinating documentary
about Robert Moog and Eileen Yaghoobian’s ‘Died Young Stayed Pretty’-a radical
film about the politics and aesthetics of North American poster art.”
POP Montréal also features segments for kids, a DIY festival with a market
for strictly hand-made goods, and a visual artists’ showcase.
POP Montréal will
take place October 1 – 5, 2008, and more information can be found at www.popmontreal.com.