8 types of weekend party conditions

An epic kick-off for a new venue, a hip hop legend, an all-star record launch, an MC battle and more parties to keep you moving.

shineUnlike other dud forecasts parlayed this week, the deluge of shows and events slated to befall the city this weekend looks to be squall-worthy to the eyes of this party-o-rologist. Let’s slide right into it like a lampost.

Friday: Two all-night ragers and a tropical voyage in the mix tonight.

Mook Life and Voyage Funktastique join forces for the jumpoff of Durag Disco. “The four horsemen of the funk” Walla P, Dr. MaD, Tronald Trump and guilty promise “one nation under the doo” and an arsenal of funky artifacts and soulful nuggets from 10 to 6, with a staggered cover deal. The later you get there, the pricier it gets, the more ballin’ you can pretend to be. Also: rag’s a must. 7474 St-Hubert, 10 p.m., $5 before 11 p.m., $10 btwn 11 p.m. and 2 a.m./$15

On another all-nighter tip — this one’s location won’t be revealed until Friday morning — #Nightowl kicks off a promising event series with decidedly more RPM-driven musical offerings from the likes of In the Valley, Zepha, the Exiled and many more, accompanied by live painting. 10 p.m., $10 for the first 150 people/$15

I’ll add that both events offer bar service until 3 a.m.

And for those in need of a warm vacation but who can only afford a few cocktails with umbrellas in them and maybe a cab this weekend, Kyou, Mr.Touré! and Poirier invite you to Qualité Deluxe at la Marche à Côté for an evening of movement to soca, Afropop, dancehall and reggae vibes. 5043 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $5

Saturday: If you read all of this and don’t go out somewhere on Saturday, you are a lame. A local light launches a record, a living legend speaks and performs, and that’s still not all. Here’s the longlist.

The Fro Foundation marks three years of spreading the message of natural black love with special guest and outspoken hip hop activist M-1 of Dead Prez, who will participate in a discussion then kick it live at la Grande Bibliothèque. Locals Fredy V., Meryem Saci and Emrical lend an assist. 475 de Maisonneuve E., 8 p.m., $12

Meanwhile, at le Belmont, a night that has all the earmarks of becoming a legendary piece of history is brewing, as Shash’u invites you, gratis, to the official local launch of his already-available Fool’s Gold EP debut, Thru Da Night, to be followed at the end of March by its widely anticipated sequel PWRFNK.

Shash has a two-hour live set to share but he won’t go it alone. Simahlak, Karim Ouellet & King Abid and Jerms all guest on the decks. And then there’s also Radio Radio, Karma Atchykah & FRSHMKRS, Jai Nitai Lotus, Sam I Am, Koriass, Marco Volcy and Rymz all getting on, and apparently there may be more guests to be announced. I would suggest getting there early and staying put. And holding me a spot. 4483 St-Laurent, 10 p.m.

A little further down the street, Saturday night’s alright for fightin’ as “anti-battle” End of the Weak‘s Montreal chapter sets off its fourth season at Divan Orange. Round one league contestants Aurelie Djee, Chacalcolik, J Benlad, Helme and ST square off in front of five judges in five competitions, each unique to EOW standards, challenges and expectations. 4234 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10

Not to be outdone by anyone else’s good time, #SSEENN 03 brings the grooves of New Jersey’s Mike Q to Blue Dog Motel, accompanied by Hesk, Thomas White and Dear Lola. 3958 St-Laurent, 10 p.m.

And back in the land of the live band at les Bobards, chanteuse and soulstress Malika Tirolien brings it all the way live at les Bobards. 4328 St-Laurent, 9 p.m.

Sunday: Igloofest, like a snowman pretend-named Parson Brown, marries two local institutions in their own right. Osheaga takes the Scène Sapporo with local-on-the-rise J.u.D., TO crowd-pleasers Keys N Krates and hometown legend Tiga. And at the Scène Videotron Mobile, it’s a Beaux Degâts, with event regulars and Under Pressure heroes Ella Grave, Construct, Wally and In the Valley bringing that good noise. This igloo feels like home. Jacques Cartier Pier, 6 p.m., $20/$25


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