We are thrilled to announce the first of the headliners for the 2009 edition of the POP Montreal International Music Festival. Some of them are our heroes, some are iconoclasts, some we have been planning for years, and all are simply excellent and praiseworthy.
A few highlights include: the left field pop genius of Fever Ray; the legendarily chaotic Butthole Surfers performing a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive POP show with none other than the awesome Dinosaur Jr. and Lou Barlow + The Missingmen; the avant-garde, unnerving and ineffable Diamanda Galas, Brazilian Tropicalia psych rock legends Os Mutantes; the queen of hip hop Roxanne Shante; the mythical inventors of Krautrock Faust; the educator, composer, voice of protest and Sesame Street alumnus Buffy Sainte-Marie. We are also honoured to support the Dalai Lama‘s visit to the Bell Centre on October 3rd. The talk organized by the Dalai Lama Foundation of Canada is entitled Educating the Heart: The Power of Compassion.
Other early confirmations include: Mono, DJ /Rupture, Tobacco, Lemonade, (Ghislain) Poirier, Chairlift, Matt & Kim, Iris Dement, Loudon Wainwright III, Wovenhand, Destroyer, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Thee Oh Sees, The Intelligence, The Homosexuals, Bajofondo, tUnE-YaRdS, Zombie Disco Squad, Mike Simonetti…
Of course, there is much more: We still have hundreds of artists still to be announced. Our SYMPOSIUM will feature workshops and talks by some of the confirmed artists including Roxanne Shante, Diamanda Galas, Faust and Buffy Sainte-Marie. We will once again have our lovable Film POP series as well as everyone’s favourite craft fair Puces POP. There will also be more Kids POP events and workshops, and the daring and totally tasteful Art POP, plus the most parties, BBQs, bike rentals and pretty boys and girls on this side of paradise. So book your flights, check your horoscopes and get up on it.