Three free music events will rock the Plateau and Mile End care of Session 375 and POP Montreal on Sept. 16

POP gets in on the city’s 375th celebrations with five free shows in one day.


The fourth and final edition of Sessions 375 — a series of free music experiences held around town this summer in collaboration with the city’s major festivals — is happening on Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16 as part of POP Montreal.

Following successful co-productions with the Jazz Fest, Osheaga and îleSoniq, Sessions 375 teams up with the eclectic POP fest for its 16th edition. The three-part event begins on Friday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. with a free screening of RZA: Live From the 36th Chamber at the Théâtre Rialto’s Salle St-Ambroise (5723 Parc).

The party picks up at noon on Saturday, Sept. 16 at POP Quarters, aka the Ancienne École des beaux-arts (3450 St-Urbain), where bands, BBQ and a Record Fair will attract music fans of all stripes, with food trucks and activities contributing to the family-friendly atmosphere. Here are the set times and band line-up for this free event:

12 p.m. Buffalo Hat Singers
12:45 p.m. Raza Jazz de Montréal
1:30 p.m. Orkestar Kriminal
2:45 p.m. Klô Pelgag
3 p.m. Shades of Culture
3:40 p.m. Aba & Preach
4 p.m. Bonjay
5 p.m. Lunice
6 p.m. Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville

+ DJ Andy Williams between sets

In the evening, the fun moves to the Rialto Theatre Complex (5723-5719 Parc), where some of Montreal’s hottest bands and DJs will be playing in four rooms (also entirely for free, though RSVPs are required, where noted):

Clubhouse POP
7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Lunice + Vinyl Love

Studio Rialto
8:30 p.m. Melody McKiver
9:30 p.m. Lido Pimienta
10:30 p.m. Alsarah & the Nutabones
RSVP here

Rialto Hall
9 p.m. Jeremy Dutcher
10 p.m. Aldous Harding
11 p.m. Laura Sauvage
RSVP here

Piccolo Little Burgundy (Late Night) – SOLD OUT
11 p.m. Ebhoni
12 a.m. Strange Froots
1 a.m. Think About Life
RSVP here

For more information about the event, see the Sessions 375 website.