Ta Douleur. Photo by Angelo Barsetti.
Local music fiends will weigh the year’s best Canadian albums at the Polaris Shortlist Salon. It’s moderated by our very own Erik Leijon, who’ll be joined by Brendan Murphy, André Péloquin, Kevin Laforest and Catherine Pogonat. Divan Orange (4234 St-Laurent), 5:30–7:30 p.m., free
Fancy yourself a whiskey connoisseur? Work your palate out with a vertical tasting of Glenfarclas, made by one of the few remaining family-owned whiskey distilleries in Scotland — hosted by the distillery’s owner, George Grant. Burgundy Lion (2496 Notre-Dame W.), 6:30 p.m., $40 (includes six whiskeys and canapés)
Bookworms are to report to the 3rd edition of Literary Death Match, where standout local authors present selections of their work to compete for your attention and the celebrity judge panel’s love. La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent), 7–9:45 p.m., $7-10
The Phi Centre’s Skate or Die skateboarding film series rolls on (ayo!) with screenings of two mid-length docs, Breathless (on the skating scene in France) and Ejkei (on the history of skating in Puerto Rico). 407 St-Pierre, 7:30 p.m., $10
It’s opening night for Ta Douleur, Danse-Cité’s new production featuring Anne Le Beau. Théâtre La Chapelle (3700 St-Dominique), 8 p.m., $30/$25 students
Poetry, shoegazing and trip hop come together in the form of Bad Weather, on stage tonight with beatboxer X-WAM. Inspecteur Épingle (4051 St-Hubert), 8 p.m., free
See Mercury Music Prize nominees Alt-J, fresh from Great Britain and recommended in yesterday’s Today’s Sounds. Café Campus (57 Prince Arthur E.), 8:30 p.m., $15.50/$18.80