POP founder talks POP OFF

POPMontrealPOP OFF, the travelling version of POP Montreal, finds its way to Toronto’s Silver Dollar Room tonight. And who better to explain the mini-fest than its founder, Dan Seligman? No one, that’s who.

Seligman is passionate and to-the-point. And we like that.

Here’s what he had to say about the festival’s start, the festival’s future and who he’s listening to now.

Raz Mataz Magazine (RMM): How did the idea for POP Montreal come about?

Dan Seligman (DS): We thought that we could do a way cooler and more fun version of NXNE in a better city.


RMM: How has the festival changed since its start?

DS: It’s become more organized, more professional. Less illegal.


RMM: What makes POP Montreal different from other festivals?

DS: We have a sense of humour, but don’t have a comedy segment.


RMM: Who are you most excited to see at POP Montreal?

DS: Barbara Lynn


RMM: How would you describe the POP OFF tour?

DS: It’s an opportunity to help young bands tour across the country while simultaneously promoting the POP “brand” to Canadians who may dig our fest.


RMM: How did the idea for POP OFF come about?

DanSeligmanDS: Dounia Mikou, who now is one of the Arcade Fire managers, wanted to make a short film and have a fun road trip. So we asked Malajube and Hot Springs to go on tour. (This is the result)


RMM: How is POP OFF different from POP Montreal?

DS: POP OFF is different because it is only two or three bands at a time and it’s mostly not in Montreal.


RMM: Why did you want to start a travelling tour?

DS: To kill two birds with one stone.


RMM: Who are you most excited to see at POP OFF?

DS: Nancy Pants and Look Vibrant jamming together.


RMM: What’s next for POP Montreal?

DS: We are gonna have super amazing festival in September!!!! Seriously.


RMM: What’s next for POP OFF?

DS: Hillside Fest to Sappy Fest. I couldn’t imagine two better festivals to tour between.


RMM: Who are you listening to right now?

DS: Katie Moore


RMM: Other comments…?

DS: Live the dream.


The POP OFF tour, er, pops off at the Silver Dollar Room in Toronto tonight. It continues in London, Ont., on Friday and in Guelph for the Hillside Fest on Saturday, before making stops in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Saint John, then rounding out at Sappy Fest in Sackville on August 1.

For more information, visit popmontreal.com.

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