Should 18 be a milestone for a festival? Why not? It’s hard to pass up an opportunity to have a celebration even though POP Montreal always invokes a party to kick off autumn—drawing a lively influx of varying musicians, artists, filmmakers, and all of the people that support them to its already-awesome hometown.
The music programming was flawless again this year, offering copious and constant highlights: a pair of magnetic Toronto prodigies, Tremayne and Adria Kain, playing down the street from each other on opening night, Vancouver’s Woolworm offering a glimpse of why they might sneakily be the best band in the country, Democratic Republic of Congo’s KOKOKO! moving a packed, sweaty dancefloor very late in the middle of the week, and the legendary Mavis Staples closing things off on Sunday night.
The age thing actually is a big deal. POP has proven itself time and again over the years, shifting with the culture they so eloquently curate and annually finding ways to outdo themselves. Check out the gallery above for a few exclusive shots of the festival grabbed by Joseph Fuda for A.Side.