Montreal: A Musical Smorgasbord

Founded in 2001, Suoni per il Popolo (Sounds for the People) is a month-long musical smorgasbord that kicks off today. The fest includes genres ranging from experimental rock to spoken word, as well as film screenings, art exhibitions, dance shows and workshops. The highlights:

Art Rock
Brilliant Brooklyn rockers TV on the Radio (pictured above) kick things off alongside the Dirty Projectors, fresh off a collaboration with Björk. Tonight, 7 p.m., Metropolis, 59 St. Catherine St. E., $25.

Scrap Metal Rock
The highlight of the Canadian Underground Music Series will surely be the experimental electronics show: Witness the “pure energy” of Montreal ex-pat Corpusse, joined by Knurl, who creates astounding sounds using only contact microphones and scrap metal. Thursday, June 18, 9 p.m., Zoobizarre, 6388 St. Hubert St., $10.

Thumb Jazz
The series This Is the Real Jazz will culminate with pianist Marilyn Lerner’s Ugly Beauties, who play alongside the prepared guitar and lamellaphones (a.k.a. thumb pianos) of Rainer Wiens’ Dream Algebra. Friday, June 26, 8 p.m., Lion d’Or, 1676 Ontario St. E., $15.

Avant Pop
Clues, featuring former members of Arcade Fire and The Unicorns, lay down upbeat avant rock, with support from Dead Science. Thursday, June 18, 8:30 p.m., La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent Blvd., $12.

Block Party
Kid-friendly music, crafts and film screenings will take over Lahaie Park for the Popolo in the Park block party. Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., corner of St. Laurent Blvd. and St. Joseph St.

Image courtesy of beardenb.

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