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POP Montreal: Ohbijou et amis tonight at O Patro Vys

Posted by Margot / September 23, 2011

20110923_forest_city_lovers.jpgIf TGIF means anything to you, then you'll be looking to pull up your socks today and giv'er for the latter (better? Discuss.) half of this year's POP Montreal celebrations. Maybe you want to kick off the weekend tonight at O Patro Vys, where members of the Bellwoods gang will be playing at the Rempire & Out of this Spark showcase. Like most POP shows, it gets started at 9pm, and goes right into the wee hours of the morning. I've found that a shot of caffeine around 11:30 keeps me going until the encore of the headliner, so have fun, y'all.

Some people (cue the podcast crew) are much more skilled at saying something insightful or relevant about the bands playing at POP. I, however, am slightly less refined, and in this whirring, gadget-filled, work-a-day world, I'm inclined to provide an exceptionally brief bipartite intro to each band, composed of what their name makes me think of, and three words that describe how I feel listening to their music.

9pm: Tasseomancy

Call me a big huge dork, but the first thing I think of when talking about reading tea leaves is Harry Potter (don't deny it, you're a dork, too). These twin sisters do one better than fortune-telling, though - my three words: smooth Casio fun.

9:40pm: Snowblink

You know those really intense snowstorms with juicy snowflakes where you can't see five feet in front of you? It's only the first day of autumn, but get ready for some snowblinking of your own. As for the music, these California-turned-Torontonians make what I would classify as: familiar, ironically warm.

10:30pm: Evening Hymns

My Catholic upbringing shines through, and "evening hymns" make me think of going to the Christmas Eve mass hymn sing-along. That said, front-man Jonas Bonnetta and his rotating cast of musicians make music that is: encouragingly secular-ecclesiastical.

11:30pm: Forest City Lovers

First, I wonder which city is the forest city, then I think of how lovely it is to have those three things (a forest, a city, love) encapsulated in one band. Well done, you guys: green, stringy, and sing-along-able.

12:30am: Ohbijou

When I first heard this band play a few years ago, I thought: "Oh, a jewel." I still do, every time. These Toronto darlings are definitely magical, musical, not-to-be-missed.

20110923_ohbijou.jpgStraight-up: these bands are all awesome, and it'll be money well spent to see them play. Pop on, mes amis.

The Rempire & Out of this Spark Showcase
O Patro Vys
356 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
15 bones at the door, which incidentally opens at 9pm

First photo by Ryan Marr of Forest City Lovers, taken from their myspace page. The other is from Ohbijou's myspace page.



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