Jay Baruchel, host of the Polaris Music Prize gala
What’s the best Canadian album of the past year? The Polaris Music Prize grand jury (feat. Cult MTL’s EIC Lorraine Carpenter) is deliberating today and will pick a winner tonight. Once again cultmontreal.com will be streaming the gala live — tune in for weed jokes by gala host Jay Baruchel, performances by six of the nominated acts and the big reveal. Cult MTL, pre-show at 7 p.m., gala 8–10 p.m.
Get ready for hockey season by watching some Hab-on-Hab action at the Bell Centre with the Canadian Tire Red vs. White Scrimmage. Tickets are free and can be picked up at any Canadian Tire store. See the details here. 1909 Canadiens-de-Montréal, 7 p.m., free
The Howl! Arts Collective presents two sets feat. master improviser and oud-man Sam Shalabi, in duet with Jérémie Roy (contrabass) and as part of a quartet with Stefan Christoff (piano), Xarah Dion (keys, synth) and Will Eizlini (tablas). Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent), 8:30 p.m., $6
IDM rides again — the new Aphex Twin record (Syro) is out today, and cozy Mile End nightclub Datcha is hosting a listening party tonight. 98 Laurier W., 10 p.m., free
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