Sled Island Guide To Pop Montreal
There is probably no other festival on the planet that we here at Sled Island feel as close of creative kinship with as Pop Montreal (it's totally curated, dudes!). Some of us are headed out that way to take in all of the musical madness and thought we should share our personal picks...
SLED ISLAND SHOWCASE
First up, we're extremely proud to be presenting a showcase at the festival with some Sled Island alumni, including one of the best Calgary live bands going!
09-19: Sled Island Presents: Kurvi Tasch, Krill, Brazilian Money, 36? and Loc-Nar @ Casa Del Popolo.
SLED ISLAND PICKS!
09-18 Ought + Carla Bozulich @ Piccolo Rialto
The new art-rock sensation Ought that we can't wait to see live and the inimitable Carla Bozulich (currently on the road with Swans). What's not to like?
09-18 Beat Cops @ Divan Orange
Beat Cops is the new project from Mikey Heppner (UBT, Priestess) and though there's only a few songs floatin' around out there, they've ALL been stuck in our heads for weeks.
09-18 Turquoise Jeep feat. Flynt Fossy, Watchyamacallit, Yung Huma @ Club Lambi
This show is what POP Montreal is all about. Watch this video and go see Turquoise Jeep!
09-20 JJ Fad @ Late Night Little Burgundy
Their name may not ring a bell but you sure know this song.
Don't miss these pioneers of female hip hop. They will also give an artist talk at the POP Quarters earlier in the afternoon.
09-20 Dot Wiggin Band, Freelove Fenner, Fakes , Brave Radar @ Sala Rossa
Some of our favourite Montreal bands opening for a founding member of The Shaggs.
09-20 Deafheaven @ Bar "Le Ritz" P.D.B. (ex-Il Motore)
We wanted these folks at Sled Island 2014, so it's about time for us to finally have our ears and minds melted by 'em, no?
CALGARY BANDS AT POP MONTREAL
09-20 Catholic Girls @ L'Escogriffe
09-18 Hag Face @ L'Escogriffe (and 09-19 @ Brasserie Beaubien)
09-18 Samantha Savage Smith @ Barfly
09-20 Telstar Drugs @ Brasserie Beaubien
09-19 Windigo @ L'Escogriffe
POP MONTREAL SYMPOSIUM
@ POP Quarters (unless noted) - throughout the festival
Don't forget to experience one of the most interesting part of POP Montreal, the Symposium, that offers artist talks, workshops and panel discussions, each one more interesting than the others. A few favourites:
09-18 Steve Albini in conversation with Howard Billerman @ Hotel2Tango
09-19 'Can Anyone Be A Rock Star? The Gendered Landscape Of Music Scenes and Rock
09-20 Cash Music Montreal
09-20 Dance Workshop with the Brontez Purnell Dance Company
09-20 Play The Keyboard, Just Like Hailu Mergia
09-20 This week on Psi Factor and The Cougar: Ty Segall, Mikey Heppner and Songs (best. podcast. ever.)
09-21 Multi-Voice Oscillator Building Workshops
...and what would a trip to Montreal be without a little gluttony? A couple of us Sled Island staffers are ex-Montrealers and miss the following like whoa:
- 1/2 chicken, spiced at Romados. It's like one really big meal or two pretty big meals for $8 or so. That spice...
- Wilensky's special, an all-beef salami/balogna sandwich with mustard on a grilled roll.
- twiced-cook pork from Cuisine Szechuan. And some veggie dishes too.
- Chicken roti w/ pumpkin at Jardin Du Cari. Make sure to douse it in that special lime-hot sauce.
- Boustan chicken shawarma (post 2am only). Sure, Mr. Boustan might've retired, but it's seriously still the greatest. Far better than Calgary shawarma!
- that's a lot of meat options, so why not a coconut bacon-featuring BLT from Aux Vivres?
- sure, they're touristy things to do, but Fairmount Bagel/St-Viateur Bagel and Schwartz smoked meat really are that good. Trust us. We miss them.
- and if you've got more time on your hands (and cash?) than these quickies, anything from the Joe Beef/Liverpool House/Vin Papillon folks or Au Pied De Cochon is going to make you a very, very happy festival-goer (with a food coma that is unlikely to allow you to actually take in music).
SLED ISLAND ALUMNI
...really, there's not enough space for all of the recommendations. If ever there was any doubt how much POP Montreal respects music as much as we do, the proof is just in the number of bands playing this year who have played Sled in the past. A small sample includes: The Backhomes, Black Atlass, Dan Deacon, Dories, Eamon McGrath, Economics, Freak Heat Waves, Girl Arm, Heaven For Real, Homeshake, Indian Handcrafts, Johnny De Courcy, Jom Comyn, MaicaMia, Monomyth, The Nymphets, Old + Weird, PS I Love You, Le Revelateur, Slow Down Molasses, Solids, Soupcans, Strange Attractor, Technical Kidman, Timber Timbre, and UN!
It's going to be a blast, y'all!
Sled Island 2014 Wrap-Up!
First of all, huge thanks to all of the bands, artists, filmmakers, comedians, partners, supporters, venues, media, volunteers, technicians, staff, board members and attendees for creating such an amazing festival. Everyone contributes in some way and none of this would be possible without that overwhelming amount of support, dedication and passion so strongly on display during the festival.
Sled Island 2014 was full of awesome moments starting from the sweet poster show and rad kick-off party on Tuesday. Wednesday began with a stunning performance from Rhye in a packed church and lead into an insanely awesome set from Power Trip, William Tyler delivering swift beauty in guitar-form and Jerusalem In My Heart’s awe-inspiring show to complete their residency at National Music Centre. Thursday kicked things up a notch with Mission of Burma being the best dudes and killing it, Chelsea Wolfe’s moody and moving set, Oneohtrix Point Never transforming Central United into a spaceship, Killer Mike taking us all to church and let’s not forget the mega-turnout for the East Village Block Party. The festival found its wings on Friday with Dan Deacon turning the legion into a fun house, Screaming Females obliterated the 510 parking lot, Helms Alee blowing away the crowd and our festival hero, Joel Plaskett Emergency saving the day with two shows at Olympic Plaza and Flames Central. Saturday kept the momentum alive with Touche Amore’s all-ages afternoon show, the always awesome Weird Canada showcase, Obits owning the Legion, a wild n’ rowdy crowd for Bass Drum of Death, St. Vincent tapping into an other worldly energy, The Spits ripping it up, Rocket From The Crypt bringing the big sound and Spiritualized taking us all away plus the fireworks to cap it off! For anyone able to rise on Sunday, they were treated to a delicious feast and gathering at the wrap-up pig roast party.
It was certainly a festival to remember. What were your favourite memories? Favourite discovery of the festival? How are your dealing with the post-fest blues? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the #sledisland, #sled2014 and for those extra special moments #nobodyrainsonourparade hashtags to stay connected. Relive the memories of Sled Island on the festival’s extensive Flickr photostream up now. Keep your eyes peeled for a Sled Island 2014 recap video featuring this guy to come out later this summer!
Stay tuned for upcoming show announcements and our post-fest survey. We’ll have plenty of exciting stuff to come in the next while. Also, if you haven’t already now is the perfect time to order one of our limited-edition silkscreen posters or 2014 merchandise made by Jack Bride. Thanks again for all of your wonderful support and we look forward to hosting the next edition of Sled Island in 2015 with you!
With all our hearts,