The beginning of the fall season doesn’t mean you have to go into hibernation. Pop Montreal International Music Festival starts tonight, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate artistic talents from all over the world. This week, we’ll all get a chance to enjoy different independent art forms, from music-related films to exhibitions, site-specific installations, conferences focusing on forces at the heart of today’s music world, a cultural fair, and musical acts showcasing more than 400 bands playing in more than 50 venues across the city. Among this profusion of artistic events, we chose 5 activities to make the most of your experience.

Sep. 26thLydia Képinski at Cinéma L’Amour

After her victory at the Francouvertes last year, Lydia Képinski convinced everyone that she was an accomplished artist with her strong and very personal first album, Premier Juin. Careless and gifted with an off-putting outspokenness, her live performances brush past irreverence.

With her eccentric personality and her caustic compositions, the young singer leaves her audience with a lasting impression.

Lydia Képinski - Pop Montreal

Sep 27thWolf Parade + Fountain at La Sala Rossa

Formed in Montreal in 2003, Wolf Parade is indisputably the star of this year’s lineup. With 5 performances in 5 days, it would be a shame to miss them. Their critically acclaimed albums helped define the 2000s indie rock, showcasing a unique combination of sounds and influences.

A unique mix of energetic glam, prog, and synth-rock. After a 7-year hiatus, the musicians gave birth to Cry Cry Cry, their last thunderous release.

Wolf Parade - Pop Montreal

Sep 28thThe Last Days of Disco at Cinéma Moderne

Produced by Whit Stillman in 1998, The Last Days of Disco puts a spotlight on early 1980s Manhattan party scene from the perspective of the late 1990s. Starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny as two recent university graduates, the film is an unforgiving satire of the New York yuppie experience.

Follow the bustling nightlife of Ivy League and Hampshire College graduates as they fall in and out of love in a Studio 54-like Manhattan club.

Last Days of Disco - Pop Montreal

Sep 29thPuces POP at Église Saint-Denis

Puces POP is our personal favorite fair in the city. Four times a year, local designers, crafters, and artists of all kinds gather in a church basement in a swirl of creativity. From clothing & accessories to culinary delights, fill your bags with unique, homemade creations.

This is the ultimate shopaholic dream while it also fulfills the hippie’s ideal of a flea market where you won’t find any mass-produced goods.

Puces POP - Pop Montreal

Sep 30thElectric Six + Palmetto at Casa del Popolo

The six-piece American band from Detroit will indubitably close the festival with a bang. Their compositions have been described as rock music infused with elements of “garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal”.

Identify it as you may want, Electric Six gave rise to an electronic-rock hybrid sound utilizing rhythms custom-fit for the dance floor.

Electric Six - Pop Montreal

Photo Credits: Jean-François Sauvé, Shane McCauley, Ashutosh Gupta

Besides Pop Montreal, there are many great bands who come through Montreal, look up Rüfüs Du Sol. They might be in your neck of the woods.