The 10th edition of POP Montreal will feature more than 600 artists performing at some of the city’s coolest venues from Sept. 19 to the 23rd.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first act taking the stage at 7 p.m. Here’s a primer on each of the performers, with links to their music to get you acquainted with everyone before the big show.
Revelstoke – 7 p.m.
Revelstoke (a.k.a. Torontonian Andrew Seale) released his first album, the folk-rock Esprit d’Escalier, last year and has since performed at North by Northeast.
JF Robitaille – 8 p.m.
First discovered by Nona Hendryx, JF Robitaille has been compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed. The Montreal songster returns to POP Montreal where he first performed at the inaugural festival back in 2002 with his then-band The Social Register. You can listen to his albums, The Blood In My Body and Calendar, here.
Amos the Transparent – 9 p.m.
A band that really comes alive on stage, Amos the Transparent is looking to melt hearts at POP Montreal when they perform upbeat tracks, like “Sure as the Weather,” and experimental tunes like “Convince the Mayor.” Amos the Transparent are on iTunes, and their album, Goodnight My Dear, I’m Falling Apart, is available for free download on the band’s website.
Dam Ships – 10 p.m.
A Montreal band, Dam Ships is simply made up of four friends who just like to jam together. Their first, three-track EP is available on the band’s website.
Cai.ro – 11 p.m.
Cai.ro released their debut EP in late-2011, but that’s been enough time for the band to land on NOW! Magazine‘s “must-see” list at the 2011 Indie Week. You can download Cai.ro’s Young Love EP on iTunes and listen to it on the band’s website.
Gabrielle Papillon & The Mighty Oak – midnight
Gabrielle Papillon & The Mighty Oak will be performing three times at POP Montreal. Thursday’s set at Les 3 Minots is sure to please fans of the songstress and new listeners alike. Her fluttery voice has been heard across the country and the Maritimer is no stranger to Montreal, having performed at Divan Orange, Petit Campus and Casa Del Popolo. You can buy The Currency of Poetry on iTunes and pre-order Gabrielle Papillon’s new album, Little Bug, due out Sept. 25, on her website.
Sandman Viper Command – 1 a.m.
Sandman Viper Command will be performing at three events this POP Montreal. The band recently took to its blog to announce they’ll “probably have some new songs this year.” Their song, “Feel is Good,” is available for free download on the band’s website.