Americans have long depended on our non-threatening neighbors to the North for the constant importation of all things indie rock (Montreal natives Leonard Cohen and hipster orchestra, Arcade Fire, just to name a few). Now it’s time to visit the source. Pop Montreal is preparing for its seventh annual international music festival. Reoccurring attendees can account for last year’s unbeatable roster featuring the offbeat, soul-fused hip-hopper Cody Chesnutt and original Riot Grrl, Patti Smith. 2008’s lineup far from jumps the shark. Confirmed acts include creepy balladeer, Nick Cave, blog darlings like Crystal Castles and Dan Deacon.
But what does the world really need now? In the face of an unending war, economic recession, astronomical oil prices- Burt Bacharach of course. The legendary piano popsmith will also be performing at Pop Montreal this year. The festival is slated for October 1st through the 5th and is sure to have a little something for everyone.
For the youngsters, Pop Montreal is introducing Kid’s Pop, an interactive mix of shows, activities and demonstrations to get the tots into all Canadian culture has to offer. Film Pop promises instructional workshops on scoring for cinema while the Art Pop booth exhibits the visual counterparts for the festival’s sonic showcase. And did I mention Burt Bacharach will be there?
As it turns out early bird specials are no longer only privy to senior citizens seeking a deal on chicken fried steak. Tickets purchased before August 31st are only $175 (plus tax). Tickets bought in September are $225 (plus tax) but prices go up to $275 (plus tax) after that. So take a cue from your Nana and visit popmontreal.com sooner than later for ticket sales and a full list of musical guests.
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