Thursday, May 26

* Festival TransAmériques begins
* Chester Brown graphic novel launch at D&Q
* Metatron spring catalogue launch
* The World Provider EP launch
* Michael Feuerstack and Miss Emily Brown live
* Secret Songs tour with Ryan Hemsworth, Ryan Playground and Harrison



The 10th edition of Festival TransAmériques, beginning today and running through June 8, brings two weeks of cutting edge contemporary dance and theatre to local stages, featuring renowned international performers, along with parties, workshops and other special events. See our FTA 2016 highlights here.

Drawn & Quarterly welcomes star cartoonist Chester Brown to the shop to launch his newest book, Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, a surprising look at old-testament takes on the oldest profession. See our interview with Brown here. 211 Bernard W., 7 p.m., free

Local poetry publisher Metatron launches their spring catalogue at Crew, a onetime Old Montreal Royal Bank refashioned into a communal work space, with readings by three poets and by novelist/music journalist Sean Michaels. 360 St-Jacques W., 7 p.m.

Synth-rocking, pop-riffing writer of lo-fi anthems the World Provider — aka Cult MTL columnist Malcolm Fraser and his band — launch a new EP called Always at le Ritz, with support from Sheenah Ko and Douce Angoisse. See our interview with the World Provider here. 179 Jean-Talon W., 8 p.m., $12

Casa del Popolo hosts a folky night with lots of surprises with performances from singer-songwriters Emily Millard (Miss Emily Brown) and Michael Feuerstack, who will be joined for his set by an all-star crew including Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara, Pietro Amato, Peter X, Tim Crabtree and Laurel “Little Scream” Sperengelmeyer. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10

The Secret Songs Canadian tour, which lands at École Privée tonight, unites turntable talent from Halifax (Ryan Hemsworth), Montreal (Ryan Playground) and Toronto (Harrison). 1 Milton, 10 p.m., $20

For rock, punk and metal concert recommendations, see this week’s edition of Hammer of the Mods.

See our Event Listings for more concert, nightlife, theatre, comedy and community event options. See our Art Listings here.