Thursday, May 12

* Guided tour of the Joan Jonas retrospective at DHC/ART
* Darling Foundry’s Bar Éphémère season launch
* Jardins Gamelin opening party
* Women in Comedy showcase at Montreal Sketchfest
* Best Fern (feat. Alexia Avina and Nick Schofield) play Casa
* The Distortion festival begins

Bar Ephemere

Darling Foundry’s Bar Éphémère circa 2014. Photo by Samuel Trudelle-Gendron

Don’t miss your chance to see the comprehensive Joan Jonas retrospective at DHC/ART with the benefit of a guided tour with guest curator Barbara Clausen this afternoon. 465 St-Jean, 2 p.m., free, reservation required

The Darling Foundry pairs up with party promoters la Bacchanale to kick off the summer season for their outdoor terrasse, Bar Éphémère, with three days of special programming and mojitos (today is day two). 745 Ottawa, 5–11 p.m. today and Friday

The open-air Jardins Gamelin returns this summer with an opening party featuring a performance from Milk & Bone plus DJs Tupi Collective, Ponsolo & Ledisko and special surprises from OFFTA and Montreal Complètement Cirque. Corner Ste-Catherine & Berri, 5:30 p.m., free

Ladies take over Montreal Sketchfest tonight with the Women in Comedy showcase featuring Toronto troupes the Flirty Boys and Flo & Joan, plus Montrealers Gross!, hosted by Emma Wilkie. Stick around afterwards for a second show with Philly’s the Flat Earth, Vancouver’s the Ryan & Amy Show and Toronto’s Soul Decision. Théâtre Sainte Catherine (264 Ste-Catherine E.), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $12 per show or $20 for both

Get your first taste of the dreamy sounds of new duo Best Fern featuring Alexia Avina and Saxsyndrum’s Nick Schofield (also voted #1 Best Radio Host for CKUT’s Underground Sounds in this year’s Best of MTL readers poll!), who are launching a mini-tour at Casa del Popolo tonight on a bill with Merganzer and Tess Roby. 4873 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $7

The Conspiration Psychédélique Montréal presents the Distortion festival, a four-day music festival (with shows at Matahari Loft and l’Escogriffe) that picks up where Montreal Psychfest left off. The fest begins with Happymovie, Pawa Up First and Atsuko Chiba, with a late-night screening of Adam Green’s Aladdin (a Canadian premiere, presented in conjunction with Festival du Nouveau Cinéma — see the trailer here). 1673 Mont-Royal E., 9 p.m., $10 ($20 for festival pass)