Suoni Per il Popolo Festival Celebrates 8 Years!

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The Suoni Per Il Popolo is proud to announce our line-up for another year of the best in the worlds of the avant-garde, experimental and free jazz. We've worked long and hard the past year to ensure that this eighth edition of the festival is our most exciting yet, with performances from a range of local, national and international artists in a variety of genres, at our two beautiful venues (Casa del Popolo & Sala Rossa), and our 'Black Ark' Free Jazz Series.

The Suoni Per Il Popolo is proud to be part of such a dynamic and talented community, where social support, creativity and authenticity is the golden rule. We are very proud to be back for an eighth year. So, in the hope that you will share our enthusiasm toward this promised parade of great artists and musicians that is just around the corner, here's to you, to summer and to the good times!

Artists performing at this year's festival include:

Glenn Hall/William Hooker/Dominic Duval, Excepter, Shalabi Effect, Quatuor Bozzini, Malcolm Goldstein, Loren Connors, Harris Newman, Jozef Van Wissem, Spires That in the Sunset Rise, Roswell Rudd & Mark Dresser, Tim Berne's Hard Cell (w/ Craig Taborn & Tom Rainey), Grant Hart (formerly of Husker Du), Greg Macpherson, Styrofoam, Carla Bozulich's Evangelista, Oneida, Jaap Blonk, Nels Cline Singers, Scarnella (Nels Cline w/ Carla Bozulich), Christof Migone, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, Mt. Eerie, Bob Wiseman, Aidan Baker, Tim Hecker, Vic Chesnutt w/ Silver Mt. Zion & Guy Picciotto, Sun Ra Arkestra, Michael Hurley, Sandro Perri, Matana Roberts' Mississippi Moonchile, So Cow, Home Blitz, Procedure Club, Alan & Richard Bishop's “Brothers Unconnected", dsormais, Mark Templeton, Tren Brothers (Mick Turner & Jim White of The Dirty Three), Nina Nastasia & Jim White, Retribution Gospel Choir, Thalia Zedek, Quest For Fire, Steve Baczkowski/Ravi Padmanabha duo, Paul Flaherty, Feeling of Love, Roscoe Mitchell, Marissa Nadler, Picastro, Elfin Saddle, Free Fall (Vandermark/Wiik/Haker Flaten), Paal Nilssen-Love/Magnus Broo duo, Ken Vandermark (solo), Neptune, Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton, Aaron Dilloway (of Wolf Eyes), Skaters, Eskimo King (Brian Sullivan of Mouthus), Powerhouse Sound (Ken Vandermark/Nate McBride/Jeff Parker/John Herndon), MV & EE with the Golden Road, Orillia Opry, Pop Levi, Blues Control, Insects With Tits, Nmperign, Olivia Block, Francisco Lopez, Menace Ruine, plus a whole lot more!


The roots of the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival (Sounds for the People Festival) go back to the late 1990's when the Montreal underground rock scene exploded and became a globally recognized phenomenon. Godspeed You! Black Emperor was the best known group belonging to this scene and their bassist, Mauro Pezzente, decided he wanted to open a music venue so that Montreal bands, many of whom were his friends, would have a place to play. As a result he and partner Kiva Stimac founded the Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa in 2000. A short time after launching the venues, Mauro and Kiva launched the Suoni Per Il Popolo. They wanted a festival that would present eclectic styles of experimental and avant garde music in an independent environment. The first festival ran for six weeks in June and July of 2000 and featured three or four concerts a week.

From the beginning the festival was a hit with a coterie of fans who were savvy enough to realize that they had stumbled upon a cornucopia of ultra rare music. The festival fearlessly dove in and booked all kinds of local artists but also brought in rarely seen and heard artists from Europe and the United States. At the same time, the festival presented concerts in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where artists and audiences felt free to mingle. The audiences loved the results and showed up excited, focused, and ready to listen to powerful contemporary sounds. This left the musicians raving about the electric atmosphere, and audience members coming back night after night for more exciting music.

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