POP Montreal is returning this fall, and it seems by the partial reveal of the 2016 lineup that the 15-year old festival keeps getting better and better. According to today's press release, here's a taste of what we're in store for:
*French composer and synth funk genius Wally Badarou, who collaborated with everyone from Grace Jones to Jimmy Cliff and the Talking Heads
*The enchanting singer-songwriter Angel Olsen
*The truly iconic filmmaker and author John Waters
Montrealer Dave Blake, aka DJ Storm, is a DJ, turntablist, producer, drummer and audio engineer with over 25 years of music industry experience -- notably as a member of the pioneering hip hop group Shades of Culture. Raised by Jamaican and Trinidadian parents, he spent most of his childhood and teenage years on a baseball diamond that led to a scholarship in the US, before getting hurt and turning to music. A few names he's worked alongside include DJ Qbert, Eminem, The Roots, KRS-One and The Backstreet Boys.
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Tonight, Montreal's Station 16 Gallery presents STENCILED -- a group exhibition showcasing the innovative stencil work of Tokyo's AIKO, Iran's Icy and Sot, New York's Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks, and the UK's Snik. Each renowned in their own right, this group of artists have the distinguishing feature of working with intricate stencils in their artwork, from small original works on canvas to large scale murals.
Tonight's vernissage is taking place at the gallery (3523 St. Laurent) from 6 - 9 PM, and the show will be running until May 21st.
Montreal artist Eve Thomas and photographer Richmond Lam have teamed up to transform 17 female models into modern versions of 90's male heartthrobs for their Poster Boys portrait series and the result is magical... disturbing... hilarious... angst-inducing. It's women pretending to be boys playing at being men for little girls.
Earlier this week in The Local, we introduced you to Montreal's premiere party promoter, DL Jones. If you're not sure what to get up to for a fun night in MTL, following his lead is a safe bet. On that note, tonight he'll be celebrating his birthday in a big way.
DL Jones is a true man about town. A renowned (and practically omnipresent) promoter, host and event planner in Montreal, he started out flyering for an afterhours spot in 2003 and worked his way up from there. Now, whether he's organizing one of the Naive Melody events, a creation of Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Herve K and himself, or acting as the MTL ambassador for Diplo's Mad Decent parties, he's been a rock in the Montreal nightlife scene for well over a decade.
Prince, the man with the huge talent and the tiny stature, the flamboyant and eccentric, well, prince of funk-pop has announced two last-minute shows at Théâtre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts in Montreal on Monday, March 21st. The shows are part of his "Piano and a Microphone" tour, which kicked off in late January at his US recording studio, Paisley Park. In February he rocked audiences in Australia and New Zealand, and now the 57 year-old music god will be gracing us with his presence in Canada!
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 18th, at noon, and range from $116 to $290.