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A new hybrid edition of POP Montreal music festival begins today with shows in venues and online

From September 23 to September 27, POP Montreal's annual music festival is going strong with hyper-local acts, symposiums and art galleries.

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Just when Montrealers thought that each and every festival of the summer would be cancelled, the government's latest permissions towards indoor and outdoor gatherings has allowed events like POP Montreal to adjust and adapt. Now the festival's moving forward with a hybrid festival combining live—like, with real live people where you can listen to live music—performances with online shows. The full programming is available on their website.

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From today, September 23 to Sunday, September 27, POP Montreal is going forward with a locally-focused selection of acts that will be happening across the city, from the venues we knows and love from the Rialto rooftop and Martha Wainwright's URSA club on Parc Avenue to the terrasse of Boxermans wine bar and restaurant in Outremont. While tickets have been on sale for a little while now, some remain (and must be purchased before going—no tickets are available at the door of any venue).

Everything you can think of—jazz, vocalist-forward acts, French folk rock, metal bands, hip-hop, synth pop, the list goes on—is more or less on offer from tonight onwards, in addition to art exhibitions and theatrical performances from the music festival's visual arts branch ART POP and symposiums on a range of topics like equity and inclusion, music business literacy, music making and listening practices, and music’s socio-cultural impact (here's the link to the programming for those symposiums).

As for anyone who wants avoid going in person, the festival has adjusted its online performances to have guests "wander through a virtual 2D rendition of the Rialto Theatre, with access to live-streamed concerts, panels, and performances," POP Montreal added to their announcement post on Instagram.

For anyone that does wish to go, the festival's taken care of listing together its safety protocols to ensure everyone stays safe out there while they get a taste of some live music (you know, before it's too frickin' cold outside for musicians to play and before we hit something like red alert). 

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