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POP Montreal 2020 Announces Plans & Programming for Live/Digital Hybrid Event

POP Montreal has announced a live/digital hybrid of event performances for this year’s festival from Sept. 23-27, 2020. Known for its programming of multidisciplinary artists, and rooted in its local community, POP Montreal says it's proud to continue to deliver a festival of discovery for those seeking a preview of emerging acts and critically-acclaimed artists. This year’s edition will be adapted to ensure the safety of attendees and adhere to all COVID-19 restrictions.

Focusing on local artists, the 19th edition will have fewer shows and maintain social distancing protocols at both indoor and outdoor venue spaces. POP Montreal will be producing concerts in several venues including the historic Rialto theatre complex, as well as at Le Ministère and Martha Wainwright’s community art/music/ café space, URSA. These shows will have very limited capacity, with advance ticket sales and seating room only. All events will be accessible online via the POP Montreal stream “Funhouse 2.0” for at home viewing. Digital viewers can experience the festival via Popmontreal.com, which will allow attendees to wander through a virtual 2D rendering of the Rialto Theatre complex, with access to live-streamed concerts, and other panels and performances, as well as an art gallery, and more.

The festival organizers also promise special surprise events in line with previous years that incorporate the community and backdrop of the city. Each secret show venue will be revealed at the last minute to ticket holders.

First round of programming:
Land of Talk - Thursday Sept 24 - Theatre Rialto
Flore Laurentienne - Friday Sept 25 - Theatre Rialto  
Clerel - Friday Sept 25 - Theatre Rialto  
Tyleen - Friday Sept 25 - Theatre Rialto  
Antoine Corriveau - Friday Sept 25 - Ursa
Thanya Iyer - Friday Sept 25 - Theatre Rialto
Backxwash - Saturday Sept 26 - Theatre Rialto
Lido Pimienta - Saturday Sept 26 -  Theatre Rialto
Plants & Animals - Saturday Sept 26 - Le Ministère
Socalled - Saturday Sept 26 - secret venue
Paradis Artificiel -Saturday Sept 26 - Theatre Rialto  
And more TBA

In addition to POP’s extensive music showcases, the festival will once again hosts a variety of programming including; Film POP, Art POP, POP Symposium, Puces POP, and Kids POP —the five day event is sure to have something for everyone.

POP SYMPOSIUM:
The 2020 POP Symposium programming, curated by Peggy Hogan aka Hua Li, will converse with four overarching themes: equity and inclusion in independent music; music business literacy; music making and listening practices; and music’s socio-cultural impact. POP Symposium aims to actively facilitate critical discussion and positive change that can help develop a sustainable, ambitious, and dynamic environment to support artists and industry. To view the full list of panels visit here.

Those who plan on attending a show you must buy their tickets online in advance. There will be no tickets available at the door. In order to limit health risks, the duration of concerts will be 30 minutes maximum and venue capacities will be reduced according to the distancing standards in place.

All show listings and tickets available at www.popmontreal.com

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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