Photo Credit: Pier-Ann Bilodeau
Montreal’s Pouzza Fest takes place later this week from May 18-20 featuring some of the best punk music that’s out there! We’re happy that we’ve had the chance to count down to this festival with you. We’re starting our countdown with Montreal’s own Lost Love.
First off, care to introduce yourself to the Canadian Beats readers?
My name’s Guilhem. I play in a band called Lost Love. I’m also one of Pouzza’s shareholders/talent buyers. I book shows and I tour a lot on my own or with my band.
Pouzza Fest is an early festival, taking place in May, how do you prefer for festival season?
It feels good to have a festival like Pouzza to kick in the festival season in Montreal. For the past eight years, Pouzza’s been the event that starts my summer. It’s also really cool now that we have the beer garden (outdoor stage, downtown Montreal) because, usually, the festival that we have in Montreal are not punk. It’s great to have a bunch of punx walking around the town for 3 days.
Have you taken part in Pouzza Fest before? If so, what is your favourite memory?
First one that came to my mind is probably when The Lawrence Arms played @ Pouzza 2. Both their official set and secret set.
The line-up at Pouzza Fest this year is stellar, who are you most excited to check out?
Empty Lungs, The Penske File, Arms Aloft and a lot of the bands that are written really small on the poster.
Pouzza Fest’s name comes from the mashup of poutine and pizza, so I feel the need to know, which do you prefer?
You cannot ask me to choose between poutine and pizza. It’s like asking you which one of your kids you prefer. Of course, we all know you prefer one of them, but you don’t want to hurt the other one so you keep it to yourself. Hence, Pouzza.
Are you performing at any other festivals this summer that you’d like to tell us about?
Definitely, BOOZE CRUISE FEST in Hamburg, Germany. Which is exactly like Pouzza, but in Germany, and on boats and in venues. Then, we’re also playing THE FEST in Gainesville, which is exactly like Pouzza, but on steroids and in Florida.
What five words would you use to describe your live show?
THE BEST SMALL BAND EVER.
If you were asked to give advice to an up and coming artist, what would that advice be?
Play as many shows as possible in as many cities/venues as possible. Travel around the world and share your music to as many people as possible.
What’s up next for you?
Lost Love releases a new album on May 25th. I have a solo album coming out soon too. I’m going in Europe for almost two months and when I come back, we’re gonna play weekend-shows with Lost Love in Quebec and Ontario. In October, we will tour down the East Coast to go to THE FEST and next winter I might do a 2-3-month solo tour across North America. After that, I don’t know.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.