poplogoPOP Montreal, the banner under which so many local events fall, has been considered the spine of the Montreal arts scene since its debut in 2002. Year-round, POP Montreal organizers stand quietly behind individual concerts, themed concerts, speaking engagements, workshops, record store blitzes, fundraisers, seasonal parties and so much more. They’ve become central to much of Montreal’s reputation as a creative hub – and they just keep growing.

The main event of POP Montreal is, of course, the POP Montreal International Music Festival. This sonic onslaught begins Sept. 25, 2013 — in just two days. With roughly 600 acts and events spread across 4 glorious days, it’s the culmination of everything Pop Montreal achieves in a single year.

This year, POP Montreal adds a bit more to its recently-introduced imprints (including Kids POP and Film POP, both with self-explanatory names) and also soldiers on with the same kind of curveball concert programming that gave POP its massive reputation. To say there’s something for everyone is an understatement – with POP Montreal now encompassing so many different art forms, you don’t even need to have ears to enjoy it.

POP Montreal tends not to showcase especially big names, except in the case of bizarrely wonderful picks like Burt Bacharach several years ago. Most POP acts are just below the mainstream buzz – critical darlings and Internet sensations of all stripes. This year brings us a variety: American R&B experimenter The Dream, dream-ambient purveyor Tim Hecker, reggae classics Third World, legendary David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, and that’s not even 1% of the list. There are a frankly absurd number of others. And that’s not including film screenings, workshops, after-parties and who knows what else!

Basically, if you’re a human being, get your festival passes over at POP Montreal’s official website. You will not regret it. We leave you with a promo video from the Fest creators: