Wednesday, Nov. 18

* Donate blood with the Habs
* Premium Retail Group sample sale begins
* Zilon vernissage at Galerie d’Art Loft
* M for Montreal begins with 3 shows at the Rialto
* Mundial Montreal’s Total Global showcase
* K-OS and Saul Williams play Théâtre Fairmount



Do something kind today by donating blood with the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre during their annual blood drive. Current and past hockey stars will be on hand to meet and greet donors. 1909 Canadiens-du-Montréal, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., free

The trip to Ville St-Laurent will be worth it for day one of Premium Retail Group’s sample sale. Find deals of up to 90 per cent off labels like BCBG, Guess, Marciano, Vero Moda, Jack Jones, Lole and Only. 4344 Garand, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Continues to Sunday.

Montreal artist Zilon, a familiar figure as a longtime street artist, musician, DJ and fashion designer, hosts a vernissage at the old port’s Galerie d’Art Loft for his exhibition Syncope, featuring 50 new paintings. 217 St-Laurent, 6 p.m., free

The 10th edition of four-day music festival M for Montreal begins tonight with three shows at the Rialto, headlined by CRi, the Franklin Electric and, playing a late show, Doldrums. See details about these shows and the rest of the fest line-up here, and see our interview with the Franklin Electric (part of which deals with their experience in Paris last Friday) here.

Headlining Mundial Montreal’s Total Global showcase is A-WA, a trio of Yemenite-Israeli sisters who play Yemenite roots reggae fusion. See more about Mundial here. Café Campus (57 Prince-Arthur E.), 8:30 p.m., $10

Canadian rapper K-OS is headlining a show at Théâtre Fairmount tonight, but his opening act Saul Williams — a pre-eminent slam poet and performer who’s collaborated with figures like Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Nas and Trent Reznor — is also a must-see, so get there early. 5240 Parc, 9 p.m., $25/$22.50 in advance