Thursday, April 23

* Sample sale at l’Ambassadée
* Art Contemporain Pour Tous vernissage at Galerie Yves Laroche
* Author Junot Diaz in conversation with Heather O’Neill at the Rialto
* Arcade MTL launch
* Artists Against Austerity album launch at Casa del Popolo
* Parisian synth act Froe Char with Automelodi and more at Cabaret Playhouse

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It’s day one of a weekend sample sale at l’Ambassadée, with discounts as deep as 80 per cent off labels such as WRKDEPT, Pedram Karimi, The Blue Uniform and Ruebelle. 1001 Renoir B520, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Montreal has a brand new art fair this year, called Art Contemporain Pour Tous, featuring 10 Montreal galleries and art of all types including painting, sculpture, glassworks, street art and more. The fair kicks off tonight with a vernissage at Galerie Yves Laroche. 6355 St-Laurent, 5–9 p.m., free

As part of the Blue Metropolis literary festival, authors Junot Diaz and Heather O’Neill will have a talk on stage at the Rialto. Diaz will receive the Premio Metropolis Azul (for fiction exploring an aspect of Spanish culture) for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 5723 Parc, 7–9 p.m., $10

Check out the opening party for Arcade MTL, an actual arcade packed with retro games, free snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks. 2019 Moreau #312 (code 20), 7 p.m.12 a.m., $20, BYOB

As part of the Howl Arts Festival, a gang of musicians are launching the Artists Against Austerity album at Casa. 4873 St-Laurent, 8:30 p.m., $5/PWYC

There’s an international spread of synth-wave happening at Cabaret Playhouse tonight, with Froe Char (Paris), Automelodi (MTL), UNUR (Belgium) and Cellule 34 (Chicago) playing live. 5656 Parc. 9 p.m.
For a rundown of art events happening tonight and through the weekend, see Art This Week here.

Check out our complete listings for more concert, nightclub, theatre, literary and comedy events.