A who’s who of indie
For its 2021 edition running September 22 to 26, Pop Montréal features must-see performances by 2020 Polaris Prize winner Backxwash, legendary hometown heroes The Dears (who performed at Pop’s first edition in 2001), psych-rock stunners SUUNS, queer rapper Cakes da Killa and the debut performance by Montréal supergroup ALL HANDS / MAKE LIGHT fronted by Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Efrim Manuel Menuck and Ariel Engle of La Force. Be sure not to miss performances by new kids on the block Vanille, Laura Niquay and Aiza – and revel in the right to say you saw them first.
Let’s go POP!
Montréal’s place as one of the world’s leading cities for indie music (check out our MTL Indie 101 here, and listen along to our MTL Indie Spotify playlist!) has long been intertwined with Pop Montréal’s activities both as a festival and show promoter in the city. More than just a music festival, Pop Montréal’s programming stretches throughout the year, including Art POP exhibitions, the Puces POP artisanal market, Film POP screenings at Cinéma Moderne and L’Entrepôt77 and Kids POP events for the littlest indie rockers too. And to celebrate this most important of anniversaries, there’s even a Pop Parade winding through the Mile End. Happy Birthday, Pop!