The Pop Montreal festival is a celebration of bands from another time period that did not want to take all the fame and glory for themselves. There are a lot of indie performers at this event which often serves as a spring board to launch their careers.
As well as musical artists, the Pop Montreal Festival highlights artists and artisans of every medium. There are symposiums at this event (which help the general public comes to grips with the true meaning of the festival and all it’s multiple off shoots) as well as concerts and exhibitions of their wares.
I recently found out about this neat little festival while skimming through the Maclean’s Magazine Nov. 03 ’08 publication in the “stage” section. Once in a while I stumble across a great article that catches my eye, and this one was certainly note worthy.
They discussed the line up of the show and shed of faint light about who the artists really are. The performers are acts that shared the limelight with many of the past great performers of their time, but for whatever reason they chose not to stand out in that particular crowd at the height of their career. I guess you could say that these bands are the ones who decided not to sell out their musical souls to the POP devils!
For instance, for all you true soul and R & B fans out there, Irma Thomas played at the Pop Montreal Festival. The song that helped her, and the Rolling Stones out, was Time is on my side. We do have to give New Orleans credit for this magical influence!
Another band that played at the festival was Silver Apples, an obscure electric act from the 60’s who had Simeon Cox with his HOME MADE electric synthesizer. They were more like a new wave band with a RadioHead feel to it, from this era. Oscillations is a great one to groove out to! Today, new bands that have taken the torch and ran with it to new levels! Congratulations to Cortometraje are in order.
Then there was Elyse Weinberg, for the folk lover in all of us. Her Canadian counterparts were none other than Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and a little guitarist called Gordon Lightfoot! Houses, with Neil Young playing guitar on this track is just plain beautiful!
In the musical portion of Pop Montreal events, I just love to see them showing the bands from the past that did not wish to sell out to the masses during their brief time in the spotlight. This is a celebration of these ideological trail blazers. This underground event also helps us to place them on the proper pedestal that they so rightly deserve, even though they never really were acknowledged properly by mainstream media!
I, for the life of me, don’t know what makes some artists shine so bright in their respected genres, and then they chose to take a back seat to all the divas of their time? The only thing that I do know is you have to respect them for their stance.
Sometime in the future, when I’m able to, I will head off to Montreal to check out this gathering of the musical minds. Love live Pop Montreal!
Keep on Jammin’