POP Montreal's full lineup was posted today, coinciding with a press conference this morning and their free show tonight at Place Émilie-Gamelin with A Tribe Called Red and AroarA.
"All I wanna do is have some fun," said POP Creative Director Dan Seligman at the press conference, quoting Sheryl Crow, one of the 400+ acts playing the festival.
Montreal indie giants Stars will be playing new material at the tiny off-the-festival-circuit makeshift venue Breakglass Studios, which will be broadcast live via Sirius XM radio, as will Red Roof church shows by Adam Cohen and Jimmy Hunt. Win Butler will be hosting the "Pop vs. Jock" charity basketball game / show with special guests including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Matt Bonner from the San Antonio Spurs.
Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire is playing with his new classical musical project at the Red Roof church, too.
Ronnie Spector (former wife to deranged killer / production wizard Phil Spector) will be performing a multimedia concert chronicling her life, opened up by psychobilly monster Bloodshot Bill. Schoolboy Q is playing l'Olympia.
There are also reams of great local bands playing (way too many to list here). Check out the full lineup on POP's website.
The POP Montreal festival is happening September 17 - 21.