POP Montreal 2020 Accepting Artist Submissions

Artist submissions are now open to play the 19th edition of the POP Montreal International Music Festival, happening September 23-27, 2020. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019, and the submission fee is $30. A slightly discounted rate of $25 is being offered until Jan. 7, 2020.

To apply, go to

Selection Process

Artists' applications are examined at one of POP Montreal's Listening Sessions. At these sessions, music curators, musicians, professionals, fans, and listeners get together for hours of listening to every band submitted to POP Montreal. According to organizers, "with the help of free beer and snacks, listeners are warmly invited to join us every week between February and July. We casually sit around our office couches and (anonymously) vote yay or nay, one submission at a time. Bands are either accepted and submitted to the programming team, or invited to try again next year."

Those who want to take part in the listening and voting process are invited to have their say registering with

First launched in 2002, each year, the five-day POP Montreal festival presents more than 400 artists to audiences of over 60,000 across multiple venues in downtown Montreal. The festival includes concerts, symposium discussions, artisan and visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings, and all-night parties. The festival is designed to cater to musicians and artists, fans, curators, critics, record labels and industry.

For more information, go to

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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