Top POP Montreal Moments

If you couldn't make it this year, here's what you missed out on!

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The annual POP Montreal music festival wrapped up last night after a five-day event – there were slews of incredible moments, and here's just a sampling of them.


– Yuck takes to the stage

The band Yuck from across the pond were a part of the star-studded Thursday evening of shows at POP Montreal. The indie rock band features members Daniel Blumberg and Max Bloom, both of whom formerly played in the band Cajun Dance Party, and their self-titled debut album was released through Fat Possum on February 21st in the UK. Critics have compared the band to musical acts like Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth.


– Arcade Fire plays free show

Thousands upon thousands of fans turned up for the free Arcade Fire show on day two of POP Montreal last Thursday. Music lovers were elated when the Montreal band recently announced that they'd be part of the line-up and would offer a free show in appreciation of their hometown. "Merci beaucoup, Montreal!" frontman Win Butler shouted into the microphone when his band hit the stage, The Canadian Press reported. A total of 75,000 filled Place des Festivals in the heart of downtown. "Ready to start. Our hearts are very full, thank you. Alright, are you guys ready?"


– Art Spiegelman presents "What the %&*! Happened to Comics?"

From 4-7pm on Saturday fans of the graphic narrative were treated to a lecture by Pulitzer-Prize winning comic book icon Art Spiegelman. He took the audience on a highly-entertaining chronological tour of the evolution of comics, emphasizing the value of this unique medium.

Spiegelman is best known for his comic book memoir Maus, a groundbreaking Holocaust narrative which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. In October 2011, Pantheon will publish Meta Maus, a companion to The Complete Maus. In 2005, he was named one of Time magazine’s top 100 Most Influential People and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. In January 2011, he also received the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.


– "The Season" wraps things up

"The Season" at Theatre Outremont is a puppet-heavy indie musical fable for the 21st century, featuring some of Montreal's finest dancers, musicians, singers, actors, and artists in an original one-night-only production that took place on the last evening of POP Montreal. The two-act piece tells the story of a close-knit crew of forest animals as they prepare for winter and the oncoming hunting season and are faced with a new threat: an infestation of aliens from another planet. A forbidden love develops between Bear, a bear, and Tina, a feisty, fiery, helpful little red furry thing from beyond the stars. It was very well-received.


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