POP Montreal International Music Festival

Annually in September

Emerging music
Plateau Mont-Royal and Mile End

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal International Music Festival, a long-running, wide-ranging festival of indie rock, folk, electro, hip hop, punk, R&B and new music that defies genres, let alone the word “pop.”

Over 400 musicians rub shoulders with fans and industry members at POP Montréal. With venues ranging from classic theatres to intimate local bars and from rooftops to after-hours haunts, the festival traverses the city and its multiple music scenes.

Live music stands out as the festival's main focus, but the program is also packed with fascinating talks and workshops at the POP Symposium, visual arts exhibitions at Art POP, film screenings at Film POP, one-of-a-kind local creations at the Puces POP craft fair, Record Fair treasures, fun activities for kids and their families at Kids POP and more.

This year, POP Montréal celebrates its 18th birthday in style with performances by legendary avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, gospel and rock legend Mavis Staples, British post-R&B sensation Tirzah, singer-songwriter Aldous Harding, Congolese futuristic funk masters Kokoko!, the Awesome Tapes From Africa Côte d'Ivoire legends Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, rapper-producer Yung Baby Tate, Sao Paolo dancehall party collective Teto Preto and more international acts, as well as Québec stars Safia Nolin, Elle Barbara and her Pop life Kiki Ball, a concert by Helena Deland on the roof of the Rialto Theatre, a free outdoor show by The Sainte Catherines and many more.

Along with all the music, see documentary portraits of D’Angelo and R. Stevie Moore and video work by artist Tony Cokes, art shows at Studio Rialto, ELLEPHANT gallery, Centre CLARK and Espace POP, cyber-comedy Trapped in Elon’s Mansion and more.


Sep 25 to 29, 2019: Sun, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, noon.


Free activities and Fees for activities

Rialto Theatre
5723 Parc Avenue
Montréal, QC H2V 4H2

Plateau Mont-Royal and Mile End
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