The non-profit festival is scheduled Sept. 21-25 at various venues across Quebec’s largest city. This year’s event features over 400 bands with a mix of both emerging and celebrated artists from around the world.
POP Montreal’s 2011 roster also includes Jeff The Brotherhood, Yuck, Foxtrot, F***ed Up, Japandroids, Girls, Hands & Teeth, Humans, Random Recipe, El Hijo De La Cumbia, Mozart’s Sister, and Nive Nielsen.
In early August Arcade Fire announced that they would be putting on a free show Sept. 22 in downtown Montreal at Place des Festivals @ Quartier Des Spectacles. Frontman Win Butler and his brother/fellow band member Will Butler will also be putting on a show on the basketball court.
The brothers are competing in the first annual POP vs JOCK Charity Basketball Game along with Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend.
Team JOCK will feature players from the current and graduate McGill Redman and Concordia Stingers along with NBA veteran Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs.
Festival organizers promises the game will feature a number of surprise appearances.
Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne will help provide entertainment by playing the organ. The half time show will feature a performance from Kid Koala. Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry will show off a world premier bicycle symphony called DRONES.
All proceeds from the event will go toward DJ Sports Club, a non-profit charity in Montreal that offers sports and education programs for youth. Oddly enough, the POP vs JOCK game isn’t Win Butler’s only charity basketball game appearance this month. He’ll also be taking part in Rock The Court Sept. 10 at the University of Toronto.
POP Montreal includes plenty of art exhibits and installations as well as 14 feature films, two live events and six short films. There’s also a fashion show, a craft fair including 70 artisans, and a record fair featuring local labels and vinyl collectors.
Tickets and passes are on sale now.
For more information, click here for POP Montreal’s website.