CM Does POP Montreal 2013 – Day 4Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Candice and new partner-in-crime Laura Julien had quite the night Saturday, Sept. 27th, at POP Montreal 2013, taking in a pretty varied list of artists. And good on them – that’s exactly what these kinds of festivals are for…
POP MTL Day 4 was eventful, to say the least, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We headed to POP Headquarters to pick up our swag bags and perused the edgy art installations. As we were leaving, we caught Killer Mike and his crew zooming by in their giant Navigator. It would only be a matter of hours until we saw him perform.
Next destination was Arbutus Headquarters, a Montreal based record label that promotes bands such as Blue Hawaii, Sean Nicholas Savage, and formerly, Grimes (our favourite performance at POP 2012). They were host to a secret show with main guests Calvin Love, TOPS, and Dent May. En route, we spotted Cadence Weapon (a popular Montreal-based hip hop artist) coming to support his friends. It seemed to be the “usual crew” in attendance from our city’s music loving scene. We all enjoyed the afternoon’s cheery melodies in the sun blazed loft space.
After that, we had to refuel at Nouveau Palais, Montreal’s best late night burger spot and also host to many POP DJ sets throughout the festival. The night’s main event was approaching and we were off to the Belmont for the SOFA KING RAW x POP MONTREAL SHOWCASE II.
Foxtrott, Marie-Hélène L.-Delorme’s solo project, set the tone with sticky electro-pop melodies. She was accompanied onstage by a french horn player, which made for quite t
he unique contrast. I didn’t know you could make a French Horn sound badass, but she did it with great success. This beat-making gal has serious similarities in looks and sound to Tune-Yards’ lea
ding lady. I was convinced it was her little sister, but upon further investigation, was proven wrong. I wonder if Merril Garbus knows she a Montreal based doppelganger?
Black Atlass was next to hit the stage, our most anticipated artist of the evening. His set was delivered with exceptional flare. He had some serious swagger – all of the ladies were swooning!
Montreal’s Alex Fleming brought a sensational new sound to the scene. The singer-songwriter’s self-titled EP was recorded in his parents basement in London, ON in 2011. After recently signing a contract with Brooklyn-based Fool’s Gold Records, Louis Vuitton contacted him to license his latest single, “Paris” – blend of classical piano, electronics, and Fleming’s soulful voice. With front-row spottings at the DIOR HOMME runway show in Paris and countless magazine features, there is no doubt this 19 year old is on the major rise.
Tommy Kruise continued the momentum with his ninja tunes. He’s a local celebrity on the trip-
hop/southern trap scene and a definite crowd pleaser. His music always promises a great, sweaty dance party. This skater-turned-DJ and producer derives influence from anything (rap to downtempo to emo to punk) and proves that you shouldn’t deny any style.
We couldn’t stay for his full set as we were off to the VICE party to see the last half of Killer Mike’s performance. We caught a stellar rendition of Killer Mike and Big Boi’s banger, “In The A.” It was a rowdy hip-hop loving crowd at Cabaret Mile End that night. In between songs, Killer Mike was either praising his wife (who was hanging backstage) or proclaiming how epicly great this day was in Montreal. I couldn’t agree more. It was unreal, as far as typical Saturdays go.