CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 2Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Once again, Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.
Our night began at Church of St. John the Evangelist, aka the Red Roof Church, one of our favourite perennial POP venues. The ethereal space was full for the sold-out show: Luluc + Adam Cohen. It was a special night on several accounts. It marked Cohen’s official release of his fifth and latest album, We Go Home, his birthday, and his first hometown performance in years.
Cohen’s highly anticipated performance featured accompaniment by Trish Robb and Don Miguel, each on vocals and guitar, violinists Geneviève Cleremont and Marie-Pierre Lecault, and Stéphanie Collerette on cello. They intertwined and intrinsically beautiful sound filled the church with beauty.
Cohen had been close to quitting his music career three years ago after some troubles with his label. This night night felt like a triumphant comeback; we had the pleasure of celebrating this accomplishment in his city.
His lyrics were blunt and depicted the maturity of his songwriting. His primary muse is his family. Adam spoke of his experience speaking with his father, music legend Leonard Cohen, sharing life lessons, and his desire to share the same with his seven-year-old son Cassius.
His music was uplifting and joyful. Our favourite songs of his set were “What Other Man” and “Sweet Dominique,” though the encore performance left the crowd in a trance. Cohen had earned two standing ovations by the night’s end.
We continued our night at one of Montreal’s newer venues, La Vitrola, owned by the people behind Casa Del Popolo. Upon stepping into the somewhat DIY space, we felt like we had just entered a ’90s loft party complete with acid wash jeans, plenty of glowsticks, and psychedelic video projections to decorate the room. DJ No Drama (Adrienne Kammerer) blended bass-heavy beats that kept the crowd dancing.
Petra Glynt, the solo project of Toronto’s Alexandra Mackenzie, took the stage next. Her set offered a mix of vocal looping and aggressive percussion, though she was also equipped with synths and kazoos. We did not expect such a deep, powerful voice from this tiny doll-like girl. Her lyrics, though a bit difficult to make out, danced around the topics of political conflict and consumer dependence.
We then hopped over to Casa Del Popolo for one last set where we caught Montreal’s Special Noise, which was noisy indeed, but a good end to a great night of music.