Fringe Arts

  • Don’t Forget the POPcorn

    FilmPOP Fest Puts Punk On-Screen

    In its 10th year as POP Montreal’s film-festival little brother, FilmPOP functions as a visual

  • Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

    Chromeo on Electro-Pop’s Past & Future

    It’s been quite a ride for Chromeo, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. The 21st century disco band has already accomplished what most budding musicians could only hope to achieve, while still staying remarkably independent.

  • Free Stuff!

    POP Events for the Financially Challenged

    Everyone loves free stuff, especially broke students

  • Beach Combing

    Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungtai on Finding Inspiration

    Badlands, the full-length LP that Alex Zhang Hungtai, who records under the name Dirty Beaches, released earlier this year, was an album the artist never really expected anyone to hear.

  • Building a Festival

    A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the History of POP Montreal

    On the seventh floor of a large industrial building in the Mile End, buried amidst an eclectic hodge-podge of businesses—including an Israeli MMA self-defence studio, a textile factory and, quite possibly, a porn studio—you will find a loft that is slightly smelly and packed with boxes of vitamin water, cases of beer and massive amounts of freshly printed t-shirts and programs. The room is bustling, as people work busily in pod-like formations scattered across the room.

  • Books With Spines. Literally.

    Vanier Library Hosts First Human Library

    Though the notion of renting a person might seem a bit unseemly, Katherine Hall, coordinator of the Human Library project, insisted the event is not at all like slavery.

  • Usagi Yojimbo Creator On Samurai Rabbits & 30 Years in Comics

    Stan Sakai may introduce himself at dinner parties as simply a cartoonist , but for fans of his Samurai-inspired comic Usagi Yojimbo, he’s more like a legend. The 58-year-old Japanese-American’s series follows the interactions of anthropomorphic animals in 17th century Japan.

  • No Time to Sit Pretty

    The Link Talks to a Louder, Stronger Hooded Fang

    Being dubbed an indie orchestra didn’t quite suit Hooded Fang, a band in pursuit of a constantly shifting sound. The Toronto sextet dropped the superfluous instrumentation, trading it in for surf punk but keeping the catchiness. Why the change? Well, simply put, it’s just more fun.

  • Woman in Chains

    Stories of Kingston’s Notorious Prison for Women

    A nineteen-year-old chokes herself to death in an Ontario prison cell in October 2007 while her guards watch. Ashley Smith, a juvenile delinquent who was first jailed for throwing apples at a postal worker, has become the latest face of female inmate abuse in Canada.

  • Fringe Food

    Gather ‘Round The Table

    The eight people crowded around Shammy Chan’s dining room table are about as disparate a group as one could find, even in Montreal.