Headliners previously announced include The Unicorns, Ronnie Spector, Hailu Mergia, Suzanne Vega and Ty Segall. We added lots more to that, 400 + bands, local discoveries and next big things in waiting like Pierre Kwenders, Look Vibrant, Black Atlass, L.A Foster, Country and Doomsquad.
NEW announcements include Win Butler’s POP vs JOCK III charity basketball event, which will feature the Butler brothers of The Arcade Fire playing alongside Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Nicolai Fraiture (The Strokes) and coached by Matt Bonner! We also got L.A hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, a live recording by SiriusXM Canada by smooth Quebecois crooner Jimmy Hunt, Bonsound’s yearly rooftop show with Sarah Neufeld, a super intimate live broadcast show with swoon pop darlings STARS at Breakglass Studio, and the Canadian premiere of Music for Heart and Breath, Richard Reed Parry’s (The Arcade Fire) new classical project, which he will play alongside JUNO Award-winning band, Esmerine. We’ve also programmed shows almost everyday of the fest at POP Quarters, so get ready everyone! It’s gonna be big, different and like nothing else out there!
And hey, it doesn’t stop there. As part of Art POP’s 10th anniversary, world renowned British artist Phil Collins will head our way to screen his 2007 single-channel video, dunia tak akan mendengar , filmed in Indonesia and depicting fans of The Smiths performing karaoke versions of the band’s entire compilation record. He will also partake in an artist talk with the legendary Damon & Naomi, presented in collaboration with the POP Symposium. These three compelling cultural figures will share stories and perspectives stemming from the past thirty years of their incredible careers.
But before you start on all the show hopping, how about first checking out a documentary on the mythical 90s rapper Nas? Or a film about Fela Kuti by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, featuring archival footage and new interviews with Tony Allen and Paul McCartney? Those are just some of the treats Film POP has in store for everyone amongst its seven premieres, sneak peek screenings and retrospective events.