Leif Vollebekk @ Rialto Rooftop - POP Montreal 2016

There are scores of shows at POP Montreal, more rare are the MOMENTS,  when everything is beautiful, everyone is engaged, your throat tightens and you smile to yourself because you know that this is truly special. Leif Vollebekk's Friday night rooftop set was such a moment. Panoramic views over Montreal, gothic rooftops and the Mt Royal cross pushing up into the cloud line, the sun setting golden orange in the Montreal north. On a Persian rug island ringed with electric candelabra, Vollebekk sets up, invites the tiny crowd to pull near. What follows is a deeply intimate hour of music, Vollebekk alternately behind the keyboard and guitar, traffic from Parc Avenue offering the occasional punctuation. 

Vollebekk's voice is all unexpected corners and velvet straightlaways, sweet and suffused with longing. He weaves stories of love affairs and life on the road, painting portraits of small towns and friends he's known. Stand-outs from this set included a solo acoustic version of "Off the Main Drag" and an electric cover of Joni Mitchell's "Case of You" that felt like the sweetest kind of a punch to the gut. Vollebekk is a deft player, but what sets him apart is his ability to tap into a pure emotionality without it ever feeling contrived. 

As the set came to as close,  the sky darkening to night, couples huddled close, friends smiled to each other.  Pop, you said #ITSGONNABEMAGIC, and it really was. 


Helena Deland @ The Rialto - POP Montreal 2016

Presented by POP Montreal

One stand out at POP Montreal this year is the emerging young singer-songwriter named Helena Deland. Originally from Quebec City, Deland hit the Montreal scene as a solo act and supplied backing vocals for other locals such as Earthly Circuits and Mathieu Bérubé. She then released the song "Baby" on her Bandcamp back in June to stellar yet quiet reviews, followed by a four-track mini album entitled Drawing Room (arranged and recorded by Jesse Mac Cormack) just last month. It was an extremely good move to place her as the opener for the legendary John Cale, because that's sure introduce her talents to a wider audience beyond area code 514.

Helena possesses a distinctive voice that is alive with feeling and sweetly, sultrily inviting. She started her set alone on guitar, and was soon joined by supporting players Mathieu Bérubé (guitar), Francis Ledoux (drums), and Alexandre Larin (bass). Together they owned that little space where they stood stage left at The Rialto. The songs, especially "Aix", were overflowing with romance and whimsy, and it was also super fun when she started to scat and groove along with the guitar. Overall, the performance was captivating, rich, and personal, and Helena was endearing and obviously very happy to be there.

The set ended abruptly and left me wanting more. Helena Deland is most certainly one to watch and the highlight of this year's festival. Catch her final POP Montreal performance tomorrow, September 24th, 3 PM at Le Divan Orange.



Stephanie Dee is a writer living in Montreal and she likes to participate in having fun. This is her fifth time covering POP Montreal for CJLO. Be sure to search for our hashtag #CJLOgoesPOP and follow us @CJLO1690AM on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-minute coverage of the POP Montreal.



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MTL Blog has removed their articles about the city’s hottest university students.

CBC News reported that the articles contained unauthorized pictures of students from Concordia and McGill University.

The students featured in these articles were harassed on social media and Concordia’s student newspaper The Concordian is now boycotting MTL Blog.

By Patricia Petit Liang

The Shamattawa First Nations community in Manitoba has declared a state of emergency after a fire destroyed their only grocery store on Thursday.

According to CTV News, although nobody was injured, the fire also burned down the community’s band office, post office and radio station.

More than 1500 people are now in dire need of clean drinking water and food.

By Patricia Petit Liang

The Thunder Bay police force has been put under review following several civilian complaints about how they investigate the deaths of Indigenous people.

CBC News wrote that the Office of the Independent Police Review Director has began this review nearly a year after the suspicious death of Stacey DeBungee.

The deaths being investigated are those of seven young First Nations citizens, five of which were found in the same river as DeBungee.

By Patricia Petit Liang

An overcrowded migrant boat capsized off the coast of Egypt on Thursday.

According to the National Post, the boat was carrying more than 350 people and although 163 migrants were rescued, more than 145 are missing and 51 bodies have been recovered.

Fishermen rushed onto the scene 5 hours before the coast guard arrived.

TONITE @ 11:59pm : dj flugvél og geimskip, HEALTH, Fog @ Piccolo Rialto

Icelandic artist dj flugvél og geimskip first crossed CJLO’s radar during CMJ 2015 in New York City, with a magical performance at the conference’s Iceland Airwaves Showcase. Despite her artist name (which translates to DJ Airplane and Spaceship), she is a fantasy-inspired, electronic musician rather than a conventional DJ. Dj flugvél og geimskip explained to CJLO that in her art she prefers exploring the mythical to the mundane. Her upbeat electronic sound is laced with Icelandic and english lyrics that explore possibilities like cats in space. Her thematic explorations follow the philosophy that it is better to sing about what might be going on throughout the universe than earthly relationships. When CJLO asked her about the “dj” pre-fix in her name, she explained that she began her career marketing herself as a DJ so that she would be able to play her original music in between bands at local shows. She has come a long way since. Performing upward of ten shows during Iceland Airwaves 2015, dj flugvél og geimskip is a clear star in her homeland. Her music has the unique capacity to transport an audience to a much more magical place…

You can catch dj flugvél og geimskip with HEALTH and FOG at POP Montreal on September 22nd at Piccolo Little Burgundy (Late Night); a CJLO co-presentation. Doors at 11pm, show at Midnight. For tickets and more info, visit

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Today is a big day! Come find us at CJLO's Pop Montreal BBQ collab at POP Quarters (3450 St Urbain) where we will be broadcasting 1-6pm, talking lots of POP with Behind The Counter and Dirty Work live- so let us know what shows you are excited to see- and ask us about our HEALTH tickets! There's a sweet line-up of live acts, starting at 2pm with Wiklow (CJLO's RPM artist-in-residence), 3pm with Guy Madonna, 4pm with No Aloha, and Joyce N'sana at 5pm (CJLO's World artist-in-residence). Come chill and have some tasty BBQ delights- till 6pm!

Then, head over to our CJLO X Pop co-presentations, starting with Holy F*ck + Fake Palms + New Fries + Technical Kidman at Theatre Fairmount (9:30pm) and then some late night action at HEALTH + FOG + dj. flugvél og geimskip at Piccolo Little Burgundy (Late Night- doors at 11pm). Pop Montreal goes till Sunday, so keep it locked to CJLO for coverage, sessions, POP tips!

Radiant Baby POP Mix- Today at 11am!

Tune in today (September 22nd) at 11AM to hear a special mix by Montreal synth-pop artist Radiant Baby!  Listen to a musical exploration of the songs that have made him the artist he is today.  Plus, catch Radiant Baby perform this Saturday, September 24th at Club Lambi as part of POP Montreal, on a bill that will also include Hoan, Deeshorty, Wolf Saga, and GG Love.  The mix will be hosted by Alex from Ashes to Ashes.

Photo: Hugo Dufour

L.A. Witch @ Metropolis - POP Montreal 2016

Presented by Evenko and POP Montreal

The music of L.A. Witch has a prowling, expansive, and gorgeously atmospheric quality that grabs the attention and enters your dreams. One can hear the influence of bands like Mazzy Star, or The Dream Syndicate and Opal from the '80s paisley underground scene in Los Angeles, but L.A. Witch's vibe is stripped down to the bare bones and sexier, with a more intimate grindhouse rocker vibe.

L.A. Witch showed some real bad-ass style at Metropolis last night, doing a short half-hour set and performing pretty much their entire catalogue, which included "Get Lost", "Heart of Darkness", and their latest single "Drive Your Car" (the band's first label release on Black Mass Recordings / Ruined Vibes).

On stage, L.A. Witch has a way about them that is dark and felinesque (right down to the singer/guitarist's leopard print mini dress), which I really dig as a cat owner and honorary member of the glaring. These are some powerful chicks, for sure. I adored the tone and phrasing of Sade Sanchez's voice, Irita Pai's bass was on-point, and drummer Ellie English demonstrated good technical skill and support. L.A. Witch was a good choice as an opening band for The Kills both musically and in attitude, but parts of the performance have me wondering if this tour is starting to get them down a bit.

There were some slight technical difficulties, the guitar was a little obstructed, and the trio seemed aloof and lacking in energy for the majority of their set. The large size of stage at Metropolis was magnified as a result and left the impression that perhaps the band would be better suited to smaller venues consisting solely of devoted fans and members of their coven—but that witch-vibe feeling inside senses L.A. Witch will prove me wrong.



Stephanie Dee is a writer living in Montreal and she likes to participate in having fun. This is her fifth time covering POP Montreal for CJLO. Be sure to search for our hashtag #CJLOgoesPOP and follow us @CJLO1690AM on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-minute coverage of the POP Montreal.


CJLO Pop Sessions: Common Holly- Wed @ 3pm

The POP Montreal madness continues as #CJLOgoesPOP! Tune in tomorrow (Wed) at 3pm, when folk artist Common Holly will be in studio for another editon of #CJLOPopSessions! Common Holly's music has been described as "What dappled sunlight would sound like if it had a voice." - Julia Isler.

Take a listen for yourself with this special live session, hosted by Sleazy P from Diggin In The Crates- just to keep things interesting! AND catch Common Holly live at POP, Friday at Quai des Brumes with Slow Down Molasses + Forest Frontier + Maybe Greys + Speedy Johnson Music

Stay tuned to for more CJLO Pop Sessions, live from The Oven Studio at CJLO- AND don't forget to visit us live from Pop Quarters at our CJLO POP BBQ Sept 22nd, 1-6pm!


The Career Girl's Guide to POP Montreal

POP Montreal 2016 - #CJLOgoesPOP

Contrary to popular misconception, many of us "older" ladies out there who work full time Monday through Friday love music too. In fact, we can rock out harder than most of you slackers, and there's absolutely no way we're going to miss POP Montreal just because we have to wake up at 6:00 AM so we can be alert at our desks by 9:00.

Now of course we're gonna let our hair down come Friday, but we all know POP starts Wednesday, September 21. What's a career girl to do? The career girl is smart! The career girl is savvy! The career girl is, above all, discerning. She knows time is limited on week nights, and that the trick to a successful POP experience is to choose wisely and schedule fiercely. POP Montreal is masterfully curated and loaded with acts that are not to be missed and we've pored over the program to select the best in bedtime-friendly shows, and a few things that are worth staying up late for.


Wednesday is a heart breaker with great shows all over town: Allah-Las will be uptown at La Tulipe serving up beachy, tambourine-rattling California pop, while the Jerusalem In My Heart show downtown at the Musée d'Art Contemporain promises dramatic and sombre takes on traditional and popular Arabic music. We'll be stage side at Metropolis for L.A. Witch, an all-lady three-piece from, you guessed it, California. L.A. Witch play rock n' roll conjured from the '60s, reverb-heavy and a little ominous, a product of the California sun, but more bleached out than sun-kissed. The band was here just a few months ago steaming up TRH-Bar with The Coathangers, that they're back so soon is a testament to both their work ethic and their growing popularity. L.A. Witch will take the stage at a very reasonable 8:00 PM. If the spirit is willing, why not stick around for headliners The Kills? You can still be in bed by midnight.


The secret to juggling work and POP Montreal is to stay hydrated and well-fed, so why not sneak out of the office on Thursday for an "executive" lunch and head on over to Quarters POP at 2:00 PM for the CJLO BBQ? The boss will never know. Heck, you can even invite her along! There, problem solved. Reggae lovers are sure to enjoy the sweet sounds of Montreal AfroBlueHop artist Joyce N'Sana, whose powerful message of love will replenish your soul with peace and good vibes as you fill up that belly with yummy veggie dogs. Stick around a little longer to catch No Aloha before dashing off to your afternoon meeting. Their brand of surf-inspired power pop is a welcomed reminder that, even though it's September, summer is forever in our hearts.

Food glorious food! We all need it, but some folks out there really need it, and this year's Art POP has two exhibitions that explore life, sustenance, and our secret desires about food and eating. On the menu is Figuratively Full, a group photo exhibition (curated by Toronto photographer Maya Fuhr) featuring images of 21st century life juxtaposed with fast-food meals and snacks, as if to capture our most base animal urges for future anthropologists to examine. Art POP also gets a little freaky this year with Chris & Adam Levett's Appetite for Distraction, a multi-media installation involving Internet fetish-eating videos and plush toy sculptures with genitals made from perishable food. You'll be glad you made it to that BBQ earlier! These, and other fine exhibitions, are available for viewing at Quarters POP September 21-25 until 8:00 PM, so even if you work you can still take in some Art POP culture late in the day. Plus, Quickie Art Tours are back! Art POP curator Robb Jamieson and a team of guest art experts will be on site at POP Box (Quarters POP) every day of the fest starting at 5:30 PM to provide walk-throughs of the exhibitions this year. It's the perfect time to meet people and share some recipes, and your dirty little secrets.

After a wild and whacky supper with those strangers you met at Quarters POP, be sure to catch the piano-driven music of the legendary Velvet Underground founder John Cale at the Rialto Theatre. Lucky for all us working gals, his performance starts at 9:00 PM and is scheduled to last an hour. With that whopping 40$ price tag, POP understands that some of us tax-paying folk might not be able to afford John Cale. Rest assured, there are other inexpensive and equally awesome POP shows Thursday night, all within walking distance from each other, and you certainly can't go wrong with 10$ a show. The Submissives, an all-girl theatrical performance group fronted by Montrealer Deb Edison, bring their lovelorn alt-pop creations to Casa del Popolo at 9:30 PM for a 40-minute set, giving you just enough time to scurry down to Le Divan Orange for 11:00 PM to catch Birds of Paradise, a duo comprised of Roy Vucino and Hannah Lewis from Red Mass. Hearing the lovely Hannah Lewis sing those hauntingly-beautiful songs is certainly worth missing an hour or so of shut eye for your ears to behold. Wait! There's another show late on Thursday that we must tell you about...

POP Montreal knows full well that booking bands that matter is the only way to convince us working gals with discerning music tastes to stay out much later than we should, and this year the fest really delivers. Gone are the filler acts that loop pre-programmed blips and bloops from their laptops, we know that's so yesterday—circuit bending is what's NOW. Toronto's Holy Fuck is just one of those tragically underrated bands that everyone should go above and beyond to see live. We're not going to put an asterisk on their name man, because holy FUCK this band is awesome. Brian, Graham, Punchy, and Matt are plugged in to each other's minds, playing off one another as they manipulate unconventional items, including 35mm film editing devices and children's toys. Together they create unique electronic beats and melodies that you can party and dance to—using battery-powered phaser guns, man! CJLO is co-presenting this show with POP Montreal so drop by our table at Théâtre Fairmount and say, "Hi!" The lineup features Fake Palms, New Fries, and psych electronic darlings Technical Kidman. Doors open at 8:30 PM, the show starts at 9:00, and Holy Fuck goes on at midnight.


Friday has heaps of great shows: the legendary Psychic TV play the Fairmount, Century Palm and The Famines headline the Pentagon Black showcase at Turbo Haus if you're keeping it Sud-Ouest. We get it, Thursday night was a late one. Friday morning may be a "pour coffee directly onto the eyeballs" situation. If all that sounds too ambitious, a solid Friday can be had in the early evening. If you missed John Cale on Thursday or if you simply want some more, he'll be giving a talk at the Musée des Beaux-Arts at 5:00 PM. POP Symposium interviews with rock greats are always a highlight of the festival, this promises to be no different. You likely know John Cale as the quieter, madder force that kept the Velvet Underground in the avant-garde. After his split from VU, Cale released scores of solo and collaborative records, but it's through his work as a producer in the late '60s and '70s that we recognize Cale as a crucial influencer of the era. He was behind the console and the keyboard for The Stooges' debut album, as well as first records by The Modern Lovers and Patti Smith. He famously recorded his own version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", a song that made few waves upon release, distilling it into the condensed version that is incessantly covered to this day. John Cale's legacy as a tastemaker is undeniable, and there's no doubt he'll have stories that no rock nerd will want to miss. From there, boot up to the Rialto rooftop and catch a sunset set by Montreal folkster Leif Vollebekk. The picturesque, intimate setting paired with Vollebekk's deeply personal songs and compelling voice is a stellar way to cap an early night, or perhaps it will urge you on to soak up more of the festival? Be bold, it's Friday night.

Saturday morning you'd be well advised to rise and shine because the Record Fair starts at 11:00 AM at Église Saint-Michel and you probably want first dig through the crates. There's no need to worry if you can't make the Record Fair on that particular day, because Sunday will be even better with CJLO radio deejays on hand to spin the finest underground music and all the rare classics you can handle.

Film buffs will be excited to know that Film POP and Panorama-cinema are screening the elusive John Waters cult-classic Multiple Maniacs (1970) at Cinema du Parc on Saturday at 3:15 PM. Unavailable for decades, this is a newly-restored version of the film from Waters' very own 16mm negatives, so you'll get to see the late-great Divine and the Dreamlanders crew at their filthiest in sharp Criterion-o-vision! POP Montreal has a special treat for John Waters fans at 8:00 PM, because Mr. Waters himself will be live and in-person at the Rialto to perform his one-man show, This Filthy World. Here we will learn all about his influences and experiences in filmmaking, and hear stories about the Dreamlanders and his life in Baltimore, Maryland. Doors open at 7:00 PM, but get there early! There will most certainly be a lineup outside longer than Waters' 52-year career.

Saturday night we'll head to the Fairmount where The Sadies are headlining a night of shadowy country in honour of Will McClelland's newly-released novel, The Minted, an acerbic swipe at Canadiana set in a dystopian near future. McClelland will start the night by reading excerpts of his book starting at 9:30 PM, followed by sets from the folky Charlotte Cornfield and Montreal's favourite cowboy poet, Li'l Andy. The Sadies and Li'l Andy joined up for a "shoulder-to-shoulder, the walls are sweating" kinda packed house this past January, so we'd advise picking up tickets in advance.


We're going to take it easy on Sunday, sleep in a bit, then grab some brunch before heading over to Puces POP at Église Saint-Denis. Puces POP is an awesome way to discover local artists, designers, and crafts people and it's also your chance to buy their wares at great prices. From handcrafted jewellery, to eco-friendly skin-care products and beautiful handmade silkscreen prints, you can always find the perfect gift for family, or for yourself! Go on, you deserve it.

Sunday at 5:00 PM, Image+Nation and Film POP presents the Quebec premiere of KIKI (2016) at Cinema du Parc. Directed by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garcon, this film documents the trials and triumphs of seven LGBTQ teens from the New York City Kiki Scene, a thriving off-shoot of the '80s Ballroom subculture originally introduced to mainstream audiences with the film Paris is Burning (1990) and Madonna's music video for the song "Vogue".

Grab a nap if you must, because there's one more show worth staying up for. On a Sunday? Yes. It'll be worth it. Head over to Divan Orange for an 11:00 PM set by Joe Grass who is launching his new album, The Rest Will Disappear. Joe Grass is a familiar sight on Montreal stages, playing alongside just about everyone from Patrick Watson to Leif Vollebekk, The Barr Brothers to Li'l Andy, just to name just a few. This project places Grass centre stage on pedal steel guitar with Jason Sharp on baritone sax and Josh Zubot on violin. Expect sweet melodies veering sharply and often into experimental territory. This is an all-star lineup, and Joe Grass is one of those magical musical unicorns who shits genius without breaking pace. Let's close the festival off with a big ol' party, okay?

The 15th edition of POP Montreal runs from Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 25. Event and ticket information is available on the POP Montreal website. Be sure to search for our hashtag #CJLOgoesPOP and follow @CJLO1690AM on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-minute coverage of the festival.



--Sue Snyder is the tall chick in the front row blocking your view of the band. She's also a belly dancer making unusual dances with her cosmic twin under the name Cult of Yes. Find her on the Twitter @Susie_Qc.

--Stephanie Dee is a writer living in Montreal and she likes to participate in having fun. This is her fifth time covering POP Montreal for CJLO. Follow Steph @tweegirl on Twitter and Instagram.

CJLO Pop Sessions: Hua Li- Wed @ 11am

Pop Montreal kicks off this week, and we celebrate the opening day with a live session featuring the one and only rapper Hua Li! Tune in Wednesday (tomorrow) at 11am to get you ready for POP Week with some sassy femme grooves- taking over the AM waves (and ya, your internet too, kids!)  "Hua Li's hazy R&B and revolutionary rap cuts to the bone and shakes your frail ass to the ground. Subversive and sexy, Hua Li is Canada's only half-Chinese, half-militant, half-rapper." - POP MTL 

The session will be hosted by CJLO's newly crowned Hip Hop Music Director DJ Amrew Weekes AKA Lady Oracle, from CJLO's longest running Hip Hop show: The Limelight! Tune in to hear these radical ladies chat Montreal hip hop, and preview what you don't want to miss at POP! There are three chances to catch Hua Li perform in various capacities- including Friday at Bar Le Ritz PDB with Let's Eat Grandma, Look Vibrant, and CaveboyFeminist Live Reads Presents: Ocean's Eleven (a live reading with all proceeds going to The Native Women's Shelter of Montreal- Saturday at 5pm), and Sunday afternoon with a special performance at Wake Island's BBQ at Pop Quarters (3450 St Urbain). 

Stay tuned to for more CJLO Pop Sessions, live from The Oven Studio at CJLO- AND don't forget to visit us live from Pop Quarters at our CJLO POP BBQ Sept 22nd, 1-6pm!

photo: Stacy Lee