Friday, June 28

* Free screening of Design & Thinking
* Just for Laughs with Cult MTL‘s Peter Wheeland
* The Noah presents Double Douche Ninja Night
* Jazz Fest launch concert feat. Feist
* Demon’s Claws at Divan Orange
* Blue Dog’s SnapShots party

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Canada’s nerdiest music prize hits Montreal

Ahead of today’s unveiling of the Polaris Music Prize long list at the PHI Centre, we chatted with the award’s founder, Steve Jordan, about staying stable in a constantly changing music biz, as well as Feist’s controversial win last year.

FME is music’s Plan Nord

When it comes to music festivals, the prevailing notion is that bigger is always better. After all, Osheaga made the switch from two to three days, while Coachella is now over two weekends, and both seem to be better for it in the court of public opinion.
Thankfully, the Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (better known as FMEAT or FME) is a different beast altogether. The annual fest, which this year celebrated its 10th birthday from Aug. 30–Sept. 2, is a defacto-retreat into cottage country for summer festival-fatigued Quebec music industry-types and artists, so instead of feeling like yet another pit stop on the estival festival itinerary, FME is an invigorating deep exhale in the crisp, dewey woods after three months of holding in particulate urban smog.

Today’s Sounds: Timmy’s Organism

Pop Montreal has hosted some of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Swans, Mission of Burma, geez, way too many to mention. But the fest really earns its stripes when you stumble into a show to see a band that you have no previous knowledge of and sit slack-jawed at their pure genius. Detroit’s Human Eye was one of the bands that surprised and conquered when they levelled Casa about three years ago. That was a truly golden Pop Montreal moment.
When I found out that demented Human Eye frontman Timmy Vulgar had started Timmy’s Organism and released a killer blast of punk (2010’s Rise of the Green Gorilla, on Sacred Bones), I scooped it up, pronto. Their new jammer Raw Sewage Roq doesn’t grind any gears, continuing where Green Gorilla left off. Vulgar’s blood-curdling raunch ’n’ roll taps the dementia of Captain Beefheart and the guitar offensive of Motor City’s old guard, the Stooges and the MC5.