Check out all the Fleur-de-Lys swag you can handle at the finissage for Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf’s campy Queb exhibit. Articule (262 Fairmount W.), Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.
The vernissage for Qouleur, curated by Wai-Yant Li and Jenny Lin, kicks off a week of workshops, panel discussions and shows, including an album launch event featuring local talents like Hua Li, Dirty Boots and Zara Ahmed, presented as part of Qouleur, Montreal’s festival for self-identified two-spirited, queer or trans people of colour. RATS 9 gallery (Belgo building, 372 Ste-Catherine E., #530) through Aug. 23. Vernissage Friday, Aug. 16, 6–9 p.m., performance by Hideki Kawashima at 7:30 p.m., free
NDG Arts Week offers seven days of free, mostly family-friendly programming, Aug. 17–25. The annual fest kicks off with Head & Hands’ Samedi in the Park, an outdoor show with performances by Vox Sambou, Sarah MK, Paul Cargnello & the Frontline and FM Hi LOW. Parc Girouard (Girouard and Sherbrooke), Aug. 17, 6–10 p.m., free
Aug. 18, seven boutique/galleries along the Sherbrooke strip in NDG welcome new art exhibits by artists from the neighbourhood, and the evening offers a free screening of Mood Indigo outdoors in Girouard Park at 8 p.m. Arts Week winds down on Aug. 24 with the fest’s annual Art Walk, with messy art-making, workshops for kids, sales and shows by artists and a day-long block party love-in for the whole burrough.
The Festival d’art érotique presents smutty art, lit and performance by over 200 artists at various venues, Aug. 18–Sept. 2. Don’t miss the opening party this weekend, Aug. 18, featuring DJs, burlesque shows, body painting, live performances and more. Foufounes Électriques (87 Ste-Catherine E.), 6 p.m.–3 a.m., free ■