What could be better than a show with more than 30 performers where they feed you amazing home-cooked lemon spinach soup from a dépanneur next door? The answer to that is: a pay what you can show with more than 30 performers where they feed you amazing home-cooked lemon spinach soup from a dépanneur next door!
He might only be 21 years old, but Noah Bick has been organizing and promoting events and music around Montreal long enough to secure a solid line-up of musicians to help him ring in his production company’s fourth birthday.
“I tried to book a fourth year anniversary show to kind of best represent where Passovah’s at, and I felt like this vibe—getting 12 different acts who represent different musical groups around the community—kind of made the most sense.”
“[Il Motore] is a good space to have it. It’s a relatively new venue, it needs love, it’s in a part of town that people are starting to move to, and then there’s the [Jean-Talon] Marché,” Bick continued. And then there’s Marché Soupson.
“It’s kind of like a dépanneur, but it’s more than a dépanneur,” explained Bick. “[The owner] makes fresh soup every day and she cures her own meat. So we’re getting free soup from them that we’re giving out.”
“We’re really trying to create a strong community vibe. And it’s pay-what-you-can in order not to get anyone turned away at the door,” he said. “And all the bands are just friends that I’ve made over the years doing these bookings so it’s kind of just a big hangout, party, celebration thing.”
But the only way to get 12 acts on a single-night bill was to give them each 15-minute sets. So that’s what Bick did.
Partiers will be treated to performances by Arcade Fire’s DJ Jeremy Gara, Charlotte Cornfield, Freelove Fenner, Mike O’Brien, Jordan Robson Cramer of Ancient Kids and Sunset Rubdown, Alden Penner from Hidden Words, ex-Clues and ex-Unicorns, Cotton Mouth’s Martin Horn, Caroline Keating, Lisa Gamble aka Gambletron, and Adam Waito of Adam & the Amethysts.
“It’s kind of hard not to be involved in Passovah if you’re an emerging local band,” said Waito, who played the first-ever Passovah show with his then band Telefauna. “You will have crossed paths with Passovah for sure because they’re quite prolific.”
“I think what he offers to [POP Montreal and Blue Skies Turn Black] and the community at large is a fresh exuberance for new and emerging bands. It’s not only refreshing for concert-goers, but also for other promoters who’ve been at it for longer and maybe need that young blood in the mix to keep the excitement alive,” Waito added.
The bromance is alive and well in Bick, too. He’s as excited, or more, about Waito being on the scene in Montreal.
“I hear that Adam Waito and Rebecca [Lessard] from Adam and the Amethysts might be doing a Bran Van 3000 cover,” said Bick, laughing. “But that may or may not be happening.”
The night’s proverbial ninja goes by the name of Taylor Swifter, a local Taylor Swift cover band.
“I didn’t really appreciate Taylor Swift,” said Bick, “and now I kind of like their versions of her songs more than I like Taylor Swift songs. It’s going to be exciting.”
“They told me not to talk about it too much,” he admitted. “It’s really, really good. You’ll mark my words in a couple months. It’s incredible.”
Passovah’s 4th anniversary goes down Friday, Feb. 10 at Il Motore (179 Jean-Talon West) at 9 p.m., but you’ll want to go early to make sure you get free soup—it’s only being served to the first 75 people. Even if you don’t make it in time for soup, the celebration is free or pay-what-you-can. It’s a win-win.