Thursday, Feb. 12

* QPIRG McGill’s Social Justice Days begin
* Vernissages at Rack Galerie and EK Voland Gallery
* Renaissance gif artist Scorpion Dagger speaks
* Poet and musician Saul Williams plays the Phi Centre
* Ultrathin launch their new self-titled LP
* Debut of Yes All Girls! DJ night with DJ Annie Q

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Scorpion Dagger
“Lazy Day” by Scorpion Dagger
QPIRG McGill celebrates 10 years of its annual workshop series Social Justice Days with a stacked three-day line-up that begins today, open to all students and community members. Today’s events include discussions and workshops about police brutality, accessibility and ableism, and queer and trans alliance building. Check the website for full details. Various locations and event start times, all events free

If you’re in the Southwest, there are two vernissages tonight in the neighbourhood: Samuel Charrois at Rack Galerie (3714 Notre-Dame, 6 p.m.) and Dego launches his new exhibition Tremors at EK Voland Gallery (4710 St-Ambroise, 58 p.m.)

Emerging-arts festival Art Matters warms up ahead of their regular programming with a discussion between Renaissance gif specialist Scorpion Dagger and Harley Smart of Anteism Press, who’ve published the artist’s new augmented-reality-enhanced book, Do You Like Relaxing. Check out our interview with Scorpion Dagger’s and Smart here. 1515 Ste-Catherine W., EV-6.720, 6:30 p.m., free

Poet, author and singer Saul Williams, speaking and performing tonight at the Phi Centre, introduced the slam poetry movement to new audiences around the world through his 1998 film Slam, and has since collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Nas, Janelle Monáe, the Roots and many more. Don’t miss this discussion, to be led by the Narcicyst. 407 St-Pierre, 8 p.m., $12.75

Montreal punks Ultrathin launch a self-titled LP at l’Escogriffe tonight, with support from Birds of Paradise (a duo feat. Roy Vucino of Red Mass, PYPY, ex-Sexareenos, CPC Gangbangs etc) and Perverted Justice. 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $5

Catch the debut edition of Yes All Girls, a celebration of female musicians with DJ Annie Q, who promises yéyé, krautrock, mutant disco, punk, post-punk, no wave, leftfield electro and bad-ass ’60s girls bands. Bonus: Local duo Pelada will play a live set. Bar le Ritz PDB (179 Jean-Talon W.), 10 p.m., free
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