The second edition of the Fresh Paint Gallery’s market happens today, with a variety of Montreal brands and artisans on hand with their wares, including Empty Can, Mirabolle, Ilichna Morasky and more. 221 Ste-Catherine E., 1–7 p.m., free
History comes to life with the Black Theatre Workshop’s production The Power of Harriet T starring Virigilia Griffiths (Gas Girls) and Cherissa Richards, following the life of the woman who helped to lead hundreds to safety through the Underground Railroad. Black Community Resource Centre (6767 Côte-des-Neiges), 3 p.m., $10
The Youth Stars Foundation launches the inaugural edition of the International Montreal Black History Festival with tonight’s Velvet Soul concert at the Phi Centre, featuring NYC hip hop/R&B duo Oshun, Freddie James, Young Soul and headliner Kim Richardson. 407 St-Pierre, 7 p.m., free (RSVP required)
Montreal psych-rock band Elephant Stone play Bar le Ritz PDB, but if a chance to bask in the sonic/songwriting might of the headliner isn’t enough, the openers are Yardlets and Wizaard — take our word for it and get in early to catch these guys. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9:30 p.m., $12
There are a number of cool films playing at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois festival tonight (without English subtitles): Ricardo Trogi’s 1987 (Cinéma Quartier Latin, 8:30 p.m.), Xavier Dolan’s Mommy (Cinémathèque québécoise, 8 p.m.) and Maude Michaud’s Dys- (UQAM Pavillon Judith Jasmin Annexe, 10 p.m.) — the latter screened at the Fantasia Festival last year, and is featured in our alternative Academy Awards category “Best Gross-out.” Speaking of which…
…Today is the last day to take the Academy Rewards Challenge. Vote in our alternative categories and predict the real Oscars for a chance to win five double passes to Cinéma du Parc. Details here.
For more concert recommendations, see our column Hammer of the Mods here.
For more party and hip hop event recommendations, see our column The Shine here.