Thursday, Aug. 6

* Maëstro interactive installation at Place des Festivals
* Under Pressure presents Vinyl Exploration at Théâtre Sainte Catherine
* Séripop performance at the Darling Foundry
* Ducktails plays Casa del Popolo
* Île Soniq pre-party with DJ MK at Théâtre Fairmount
* Pervers/Cité kicks off with Mz. Van Horne at Brasserie Beaubien

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Head to Place des Festivals at lunchtime and be among the first to try out the interactive installation Maëstro, which gives you the chance to manipulate the esplanade’s fountain using a conductor’s wand. Montreal Symphony Orchestra assistant conductor Dina Gilbert will be on hand to launch the installation, along with food trucks and a chance to win tickets to a classical performance during this week’s Classical Spree festival. Jeanne-Mance & Ste-Catherine, 12–2 p.m., free

Today’s Under Pressure programming includes a special Vinyl Exploration edition of their conversation series Off the Record at Théâtre Sainte Catherine, featuring a musical ride through the  history of jazz and hip hop with the Jazz Amnesty Sound System, flanked by scratch sessions and DJ sets from Killa Jewel, Lady Special K and Lexis. 264 Ste-Catherine E., 5–11 p.m., $5, with proceeds going to support arts scholarships in memory of longtime Under Pressure volunteer Sharon McGoogan.

Séripop art duo Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau (formerly of the band AIDS Wolf) present a choreographed performance tonight at the Darling Foundry’s terrasse, Place Publique, exploring the connections between bodies and objects in space. 745 Ottawa, 7 p.m., free

Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile brings the dreamy pop sounds of his side project Ducktails (who just released the very-Montreal sounding album St. Catherine) to Casa del Popolo tonight, with openers Itasca. 4874 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $12

Get ready for next weekend’s EDM/hip hop fest Île Soniq with a pre-party at Théâtre Fairmount featuring Detroit DJ MK (Mark Kinchen) along with Ponsolo, Ledisko and Stonehouse. 5240 Parc, 10 p.m., $26.75

Montreal’s alt queer fest Pervers/Cité kicks off at Brasserie Beaubien with Mz. Van Horne, an anything-goes drag pageant hosted by Connie Lingua and 2014 champion Crystal Slippers. 73 Beaubien E., 10:30 p.m., $5
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