Though it was an unseasonably warm September week when we filmed Hamilton, Ontario native Jessy Lanza at Pop Montreal, her icy brand of R&B feels most appropriate with a winter bite in the air. Something about the eerie concrete basement of Montreal's old fine arts school reminded Jessy of the 1983 cult classic Videodrome. Stark and dimly lit with a few fluorescent lights, it was the perfect setting for her crushing ballad, "Strange Emotion," which chronicles the isolation of life in her hometown. While the floors above bustled with the festival's showcases and symposiums, Jessy's wistful vocals reverberated throughout the dank, forgotten space.

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