Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal

Moor Mother, Yves Tumor, serpentwithfeet, and Michele Nox all delivered powerful sets from inside a church.

Photographer Alexi Hobbs
September 19, 2017
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal Church of St. John the Evangelist.  

Last Sunday evening, POP Montreal concluded half a week of superbly curated visual art, music, film, and symposiums hosted across the city. I'm from Toronto, where, in 2016, the NXNE Festival was largely reduced to a boxed-in, traditional format. That makes me keenly aware of the value of a festival like POP: when exciting culture of all kinds is spread through a city, that city is elevated. Because for a few days every year, creativity becomes an inescapable wavelength throughout Montreal.

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There were loads of special moments: discovering Nnamdi Ogbonnaya when the Chicago-based savant opened for Vagabon, RZA's livescore of the kung-fu classic 36 Chambers, and the unusual one-two punch of watching Flying Lotus's gross-yet-gorgeous Kuso followed by a spellbinding acoustic set from Mount Eerie, tragedy laced with fresh absurd humor. But there was one concert on September 16 that I'll remember for a long time: Moor Mother, Yves Tumor, Serpentwithfeet, and Michele Nox at the Church of St. John the Evangelist. It was perfect because each artist spoke truthfully with their own unique sounds. See a selection of shots below.

Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal serpentwithfeet  
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal Moor Mother  
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal Moor Mother  
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal
Photos From An Honest And Perfect Show At POP Montreal
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