Sunday, September 8

* Listen to the new Arcade Fire single
* Empire Backyard Party
* Oysterfest
* Montreal Improv Character Sketch Class
* AlunaGeorge at le Belmont
* Lipster at NDQ

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Essential listening: the new Arcade Fire single, “Reflektor.” Hear it here.

Okay, skate bros: Canada’s biggest pro/am miniramp contest, the Empire Backyard Party, is back for another year, with an elaborate miniramp set-up designed to make you feel like you’re actually in some dude’s backyard. Some of the best skaters on earth will be on hand to battle it out for $20,000. Le Taz (8931 Papineau), 11 a.m.7 p.m., free

Head down to Terrasses Bonsecours Island to enjoy some fresh, tasty molluscs at Montreal’s fifth annual Oysterfest.. 364 de la Commune E., 1 p.m.–9 p.m, $35–$65

Beginning today, Montreal Improv offers a weekly Character Sketch Class, a writing group for comedy performers who want to turn an idea for a sketch character into a reality. 3713 St-Laurent, #202, 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., $50, email to register

Primo British R&B pop duo AlunaGeorge play le Belmont, with openers Supreme Cuts. 4483 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $22.50/$25

Wrap up your weekend at Lipster, one of Montreal’s best karaoke nights. Notre Dame des Quilles (32 Beaubien E.), 9 p.m., free

Check out our complete listings for more great club, stage and gallery events.

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