Graduating student Noah Bick shares insight on his history of work in the Montreal music scene
profile by Gabe Gilker
With Pop Montreal now a whole month behind us, it is safe to say that the return and full working progress of Noah Bick, a fifth semester Liberal Arts student, with Blue Skies Turn Black and his own music promoting company Passovah was not only looked forward to, but rejoiced by the Montreal Music scene.
From humble beginnings, throwing illegal shows in lofts, the Passovah project is climbing its way to a music heaven, selling out shows in official venues with over 600 people.
Noah Bick works for three different music promoting companies: Blue Skies Turn Black, Passovah and Pop Montreal, while going to school. This isn’t something new for the 19 year old though; Bick has been part of the music industry since 2007 when he first volunteered for Pop Montreal.
“It started three years ago when I began interning at Pop Montreal after me and my friend volunteered for them the year before,” Bick said. “Then eventually me and my friend realized that it wasn’t that hard to organize a show, so back in February 2008 is when it really started. We’d only put on one show a month.” Since then Passovah has grown and now puts anywhere between two to four shows a month.
Passovah isn’t a genre specific music promoting company. Having booked all kinds of shows that range in genres from the “Q92 happy crap to the darker, heavier guitar stuff” as Bick described it. “I really try to book bands I like and just good human beings.”
Bick now runs Passovah all by himself after his original co-founder Lukas Glikman left the crew about six months in. There is a small team working behind the man, but it is mostly a one man show, and a very successful one at that.
“Even if I was to stop Passovah, the way I see it is as a launch pad. We’re not here to absorb the competition, we do it to meet people and have a good time,” Bick said.
Although, for the time being, Bick can maintain three different music promoting jobs while going to school, the ambitious and laid back teen said that when he goes to university, he’s going to have to tone it down a bit. “I’ll maybe do about a third of what I’m doing now during the school year, but then push it about three times as hard in the summer. But I don’t know, I’ll figure it out,” said Bick.
To see what Passovah is all about checkout their next show on Dec. 3 at Casa del Popolo, 4873 boul. St-Laurent, with Buke and Gas, Talk Normal and Technical Kidman.