Friends, if there's one thing that's awesome about living on the planet Earth, it's the music.
I mean, for me it's just amazing to think that a series of sounds can totally elevate or change your mood - and let you better connect with people, or even with yourself. It's a little mindblowing, TBH.
Of course, I don't even think I need to tell you how much I respect musicians. The people behind the music, controlling the sounds and the emotions through complex instruments? They're the real MVPs in my book.
And there is no instrument out there as complex as the pipe organ. Yup, that huge, piano-like instrument in almost every church is actually super complicated to play: there are 3-4 different keyboards involved, foot pedals, and side-knobs called stops. So, you know, it takes a whole lot of talent and skill to be able to play these bad boys.
Thankfully, organ music also happens to be super beautiful to listen to - and super culturally relevant to Montreal! Not only do we have tons of churches, which means we also have tons and tons of organs, but we have a very long history of organ building. Plus, the organs we build in Montreal happen to be some of the best in the whole world!
And in order to celebrate Montreal and its rich connection to the organ, there just so happens to be an organ music festival going down in the city this fall - and although the pipe organ is super versatile, this fest will place emphasis on classical organ music. (I mean, that's the best kind, let's be real).
Happening October 6 - 21 at various spots throughout the city and put on by the Canadian International Organ Competition, the festival is a massive, city-wide competition featuring the 20 best young organists in the whole world.
Basically, the competitors are going to be playing some of the most challenging pieces of organ music written over the past 400 years, and then recreate it straight by ear. Which is going to be a little difficult, considering no two organs in the world are like... so the organ they're used to is definitely not going to be like the organ they're actually playing on.
Like last year, the 2021 festival is planned as a hybrid of in-person concerts and virtual events.
"What a wild time. It's the 20th-anniversary edition of POP Montreal! Yes it's still a pandemic so we have to remain safe and careful but we can celebrate and be thankful that we can still go to shows and see amazing live music. What a gift!" says an announcement posted on POP Montreal's website.
The festival is set to take place from September 22-26, 2021.
The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
Entry is free and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Sudbest Neighbourhood Market
Price: Free entry! No cash is accepted on-site (so pay by card or by scanning a QR Code thanks to the CHK PLZ app)
When: From noon to 11 p.m July 31 to August 1, August 28-29 & September 25-26
Address: 40, rue des Seigneurs, Griffintown, Montreal, QC (Behind Arsenal, along the Lachine Canal)
Why You Need To Go: Check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!