Thursday, Sept. 17

* Day 1 of Le Grand Poutinefest at the Quai Jacques-Cartier
* POP Symposium on the future of the Canadian music industry
* Guided tours of photo exhibitions at the Belgo Building
* Two POP film screenings involving ’70’s new wave scenes in France and the making of The Arcade Fire’s 2013 album Reflektor
* Old school Canadian punk band The Diodes play the Phi Centre
* Tangente Danse launches a rock ‘n roll double-header at Monument National.




Still from Arcade Fire’s Reflektor video

You’ll want to work up an appetite before heading to the Old Port for the first day of Le Grand Poutinefest, featuring 16 different food trucks and restos offering specialty poutines from today through Sunday, plus games, live music, vendors and more. Quai Jacques-Cartier, 11 a.m.–11 p.m., free entry

POP Montreal hosts the Symposium You Won’t Recognize Canada‘s Music Industry When We’re Through With It, a panel discussion between behind-the-scenes members of the Montreal music community including Nancy Ross (Greenland Productions), Cameron Reed (Arts & Crafts), Cult MTL contributor Evan Dubinsky and more. 3450 St-Urbain, 12:15–1:45 p.m., free

Get acquainted with the Le Mois de la Photo exhibitions currently on display at the Belgo Building with a guided tour, taking place every Thursday for the next four weeks. Registration required. 372 Ste-Catherine W., 2:45–4 p.m., free

Today’s POP Montreal programming includes two notable film screenings; the premiere of Des jeunes gens modernes, about the post-punk and no-wave scene in France from ‘78–’83 screens at POP HQ followed by performances from Police des Moeurs and Xarah Dion (3450 St-Urbain, 5 p.m. screening, 6:45 p.m. performances, $15). Uptown at The Rialto, check out a screening of The Reflektor Tapes, following The Arcade Fire from Montreal to Jamaica and Haiti and back again, through the conception and execution of their 2013 album. Stick around for an afterparty in the Rialto’s POP Clubhouse zone with sets from DJs Windows 98, Young Galaxy, PS I Love You and Noah Bick. 5723 Parc, 8 p.m., $12.50, afterparty is free.

Toronto punk legends the Diodes are playing POP, with opening acts Gordie Lewis (from equally legendary ’70s Ontario punk band Teenage Head) and Montreal’s Frisky Kids, as well as Don Pyle’s out-of-focus talking slideshow (more info on that expo here). The show will be preceded by a screening of the 30-minute experimental film Crash ‘n’ Burn. Phi Centre (407 St-Pierre), 7:15 p.m., $20/$25

If dance is more your thing, check out Tangente Danse’s new production, a double-header including The Trouble With Reality, a humorous rock ‘n roll infused duet about finding your identity, followed by No Fun by Helen Simard. Monument National, 1182 St-Laurent, 7:30 p.m., $19–$23, continues to Sunday