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Fall Festival Time

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Forgive if I’m not posting too much lately, it’s festival season here in the office, where we do five festivals in one month. We even dropped one festival this season, the NY Art Book Fair, as it is occurring right now in NYC, but in our dear city of Montreal, it’s Pop, Pop, Pop, all things Pop Montreal.


Forgive if I’m not posting too much lately, it’s festival season here in the office, where we do five festivals in one month. We even dropped one festival this season, the NY Art Book Fair, as it is occurring right now in NYC, but in our dear city of Montreal, it’s Pop, Pop, Pop, all things Pop Montreal.

What is this dreary dark picture with no flash? Well, squint hard and you can see it is Ira of Yo La Tengo and D+Q’s Tom Devlin having a deep discussion yesterday at the D+Q Librairie about James Burton and the Count Five’s “Psychotic Reaction.” Yo La Tengo was in town for Pop Montreal. It was the first night of a big tour for them, so we loaded them up with so many comics, hopefully they wont have any trouble at the border. Their tour ends in Seattle, this is how all tours should be, starting with Montreal (D+Q) end in Seattle (Fantagraphics).

What else is up with Pop? Well, there’s Puces Pop today, where I’ll be. It’s at the church on St. Viateur and you can eat pierogies, sausage, shop the crafters tables and buy some books. I like doing craft fairs, it’s a nice change from comic shows. (I like comic shows too, I just like the change, all I’m saying…)

Also at Pop? Our Librairie manager Rory Seydel is overseeing the Record Fair and Gear Swap at the Ukrainian Federation on Hutchison. Effect pedals in effect.

And lastly, I’m a bit late on this one, but there is also Art Pop, directed by my former coworker Kit Malo and D+Q Librairie staffer Julien Ceccaldi. They actually converted a building right near our office and had a huge party on Thursday night, and have art happenings all over the city this weekend:

Last night original Librairie staffer Matt Shane had a vernissage at Articule. Matt’s actually been LIVING at the gallery for the past month. It’s true, it’s down the street from my house, and I’ve seen him in there (shirtless) at all hours painting on the walls. It’s a great show.


And last but not least, my partner in publicity crime, Jessica Campbell, will have an installation at the Maison Notman in Montreal where she and Bridget Moser created a giant living room made of papier-mache piñata that will be destroyed at the end of the festival. Yes, papier mache art filled with candy that you destroy. AWESOME!!!!

OK, gotta run, come see me at the church!

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