Saturday, Aug. 22

* Café Plume fourth anniversary treat
* Montreal Uke Fest at Casa del Popolo & la Sala Rossa
* Rival rooftop BBQs on St-Laurent
* Van Horne Station block party
* Sugar Coated doc w/ director & science prof at Cinéma du Parc
* Boston lady punks Ursula play Bar-Pub St-Denis
* Chicago synth wave bands Gel Set and Spa Moans play Matahari

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Tokyo’s rooftop


Café Plume celebrates four years of delicious coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches in their Plateau digs by offering a free iced coffee to today’s visitors all day long! 123 Mont-Royal W., 9 a.m.–7 p.m., free

Ukulele enthusiasts are flocking to Casa del Popolo and la Sala Rossa for workshops today and a show tonight. See all the Uke Fest details here.

There are rival rooftop BBQs on either side of St-Laurent in the lower Plateau today: Tokyo’s second such party of the season, Twice As Nice, has DJs Grandbuda, Groll Street, Forrest, Jay London, MaddieLongLegz, the Holy, Thomas P and “a very special guest,” along with oysters, gourmet BBQ and beer buckets. At B-Side, recurring summer party Daydream has DJs from the bands Seoul and Young Galaxy as well as L.A. Foster, Future Shark, (Cult MTL contributor) Erik Leijon and Passovah Productions’ Noah Bick. Twice As Nice at 3709 St-Laurent, 2–8 p.m., $7 (includes one drink)/Daydream at 3616 St-Laurent, 3–10 p.m., $5, free drink for first 100 people

Head to Cinéma du Parc for a special screening of food-industry exposé doc Sugar Coated, in the presence of director Michèle Hozer and chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill Office for Science & Society. 3575 Parc, 5:45 p.m., $12/$10 for 13- to 25-year-olds & seniors

Van Horne Station (VHS), a joint venture between Piknic Électronik, Mural Fest and First Fridays, hosts their 2nd block party underneath the Van Horne/Rosemont overpass. Come check out live painting by artists including MC Baldassari and Mateo, music by Queb rap crew Alaclair Ensemble, DJs Killa-Jewel and Heidy P and food trucks including Au Pied de Cochon. 5795 de Gaspé, 4–11 p.m., $10

Boston punk lady-duo Ursula plays Bar-Pub St-Denis with openers YlangYlang, Paralix and Portable Cosmoshrine. 6966 St-Denis, 10 p.m., $6/PWYC

New Plateau venue Matarai Loft brings in Chicago minimalist synth bands Gel Set and Spa Moans, with support from locals Police des Moeurs and Litige. 1673 Mont-Royal E., 11 p.m., $5–$10


For more Montreal party recommendations, see The Shine here.

For more punk and metal show recommendations, see Hammer of the Mods here.