Published May 26, 2020While they remain hard at work locking in a lineup for POP Montreal's 2020 edition, festival organizers have now shared a special surprise in the form of a new virtual event.
POP Montreal will present virtual fest Le Funhouse from June 5 through 7, inviting digital denizens to come together inside a virtual Rialto Theatre for concerts, contemporary art, films, panel discussions, workshops and a pair of popular online clubs.
Le Funhouse gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at POP Montreal's musical programming, in addition to its five segments: Art POP, Fashion POP, Film POP, Puces POP, and POP Symposium.
You can find the complete itinerary below.
When it comes to live music, the virtual Rialto complex will play host to Leif Vollebekk on the main stage, Lydia Képinski from her virtual studio and J-rock fusionists TEKE::TEKE on the Ursa stage, on top of sets from P'tit Belliveau, Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell and Camille Delean.
For those looking to dance, Club Quarantine will feature Suzi Analogue alongside TiKA and Hua Li 化力, following an evening from Montreal's Transmission featuring DJ Gayance with Samito and Boogieman.
Film POP programming includes a virtual workshop with film composer Mark Korven (The Witch, The Lighthouse), and a screening of Night of the Living Dead featuring a live-stream performance of an original score from members of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. The POP Symposium room, meanwhile, will offer beat-making workshops, discussions on virtual performances and black identity in music creation, and an interview with experimental techno duo Orphx.
Le Funhouse's digital digs also house Art POP's multimedia gallery, featuring work from young artists at UQAM, poetry classes and a drag makeup workshop. A virtual Puces POP artisanal market will have patches and accessories from La Pimbêche, illustrated posters by Stephanie Cheng, stationery and household objects from Merci Bonsoir, and virtual showrooms of fashion designers Charline Bataille, Olivia Bretheau and Mort de Joie.
Following its inaugural weekend, the entire Le Funhouse website will be available to browse, featuring recordings of all live performances, workshops and events. Further festival information can be found through POP Montreal's official website.
Learn more about POP Montreal with Exclaim!'s Canadian Music Festival Profiles. The fest's 2019 edition featured Mavis Staples, Safia Nolin, Basia Bulat, Anemone, Zaki Ibrahim, DOOMSQUAD, Rae Spoon, Charlotte Cornfield, Laurie Anderson and more.
Le Funhouse 2020:
Art POP gallery: Open submissions to the September 2020 Art POP exhibition
Art POP gallery: UQAM group show featuring Montreal-based artists Maria Hoyos and Vahmirè
Art POP gallery: Selected works by Kyle Alden Martens, Rah Eleh and Zinnia Naqvi
Art POP gallery workshop: Spanish Poetry Class with Cuarta Baby
Art POP gallery workshop: VJing workshop with Aya Avalon
Friday, June 5 (Vendredi le 5 Juin):
ALL DAY: Fashion POP showroom: selected works by Charline Bataille
ALL DAY: Film POP: Artist Connor Willumsen creates the poster for Film POP 2020, live from his studio! ALL DAY: Puces POP market: Artisanal products for all of your Zoom happy hour needs (5 à 7 sur Zoom) 12:00-1:00 pm: Meet the Fashion POP designers: Charline Bataille on Instagram Live
1:00-2:00 pm: Never Apart and POP Symposium host a Q&A with Orphx
2:00-3:00pm: P'tit Belliveau studio concert
3:30-4:30pm: Meet the Puces POP artisans: Patricia Méthot from La Pimbêche on Instagram Live
5:00-6:00pm: Art POP and Céline Bureau Live workshop: Vida Beyer's devotional friend fan drawings 7:30 10:00pm: Global Relations / Transmissions livestream on Twitch: Samito + Boogieman + DJs
Saturday, June 6 (Samedi le 6 Juin):
ALL DAY: Fashion POP showroom: Selected works by Olivia Bretheau
ALL DAY: Puces POP market: Artisanal products for your spa day at home / "Spa Day Chez Vous"
1:00-2:00pm Meet the Fashion POP designers: Olivia Bretheau on Instagram Live
2:00-3:00pm: TEKE::TEKE Live from Ursa
3:30-4:30pm: Meet the Puces POP artisans: Stephanie Cheng on Instagram Live
4:30-5:30pm: POP Symposium Panel: Virtual Spaces for Marginalized Performances with Nika Danilova (Zola Jesus), Santiago Tamayo Soler, Brad Allen (Club Quarantine) and moderated by Brent Lim
6:00-7:00pm: Film POP workshop: Mark Korven for a live scoring demonstration
7:00-8:00pm: Art POP and Céline Bureau Live workshop: Drag makeup in Franglais led by Sissy Superstar
8:00-8:40pm: Lydia Képinski studio concert
9:00-12:00am: POP Montreal x Club Quarantine featuring Suzi Analogue with Tika and Hua Li
Sunday, June 7 (Dimanche le 7 Juin):
ALL DAY: Fashion POP showroom: Selected works by Mort de Joie
ALL DAY: Puces POP market: Artisanal products for those lazy Sundays
12:30-1:30pm: Meet the Fashion POP designers: Mort de Joie on Instagram Live
1:30-2:30pm: Camille Delean Live from Ursa
2:30-3:30pm: POP Symposium Panel: Articulating Black Identities in Music with Ari Swan, Laurie Torres and Stella Adjoke, moderated by Julie Richard
3:30-4:30pm: Meet the Puces POP artisans: Marie-Claude Marquis from Merci Bonsoir on Instagram Live
4:30-5:00pm: Elizabeth Powell (Land of Talk) Live from Ursa
5:30-7:30pm: POP Symposium workshop: Beatmaking w/ Loop Sessions
7:30-9:00pm: Film POP Screening: Night of the Living Dead with a live score with members from Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
9:00-10:00pm: Leif Vollebekk Live from The Rialto Theatre