Thursday, May 5

* The Chromatic festival’s Terrasse Éphémère opens
* Opening cocktail for the Accès Asie Festival
* ADC/DAC vernissage at Diagonale
* Opening festivities of Sketchfest
* Mr. Airplane Man plays Quai des Brumes
* Berlin’s Palms Trax DJs at Datcha


Mr. Airplane Man

Take advantage of today’s sunny weather by checking out the first day of the three-weekend-long Terrasse Éphémère, part of this year’s Chromatic festival. This outdoor experience promises art, music, food trucks and a beer garden. Hangar 16, old port, 12–11 p.m., continues Thurs–Sun to May 22

For a different 5à7, check out the opening cocktail for the 21st edition of the Accès Asie Festival, a celebrations of Asia’s diverse cultures offering a multidisciplinary spread of shows, exhibitions and other events, running through May 29. Tonight’s launch event features Amir Amiri playing the santur (a 72-string hammer dulcimer that’s a staple of Persian classical music), Tanveer Alam performing the Kathak, a classical Indian dance, as well as music and visuals by DJ/VJ team Interstellaire II and Me Float of CISM radio and the Jeunesse Cosmique record label. Monument National (1182 St-Laurent), 5–7 p.m.

Mile End gallery Diagonale hosts a vernissage for the digital/analogue exhibition ADC/DAC by Philip David Stearns. Part of this year’s BIAN (biennale of digital arts), the show looks at the relationship between the physical and digital worlds by creating tapestries out of patterns found in corrupted data files and luminescent, neon-powered glaciers. 5455 de Gaspé, #110, 6 p.m., free

It’s launch day for this year’s Sketchfest, so head over to Théâtre Sainte Catherine for tonight’s opening festivities, featuring performances by Ladies & Gentlemen, the Don’t We Boys (Michigan, South Carolina), Employees of the Year and MARV, plus live music from Guy Beaujolais and hosts Match Made in Hell (Alain Mercieca and Lise Vigneault). 264 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m., $12

Get to Quai des Brumes to check out the hot blues/punk groove of Boston duo Mr. Airplane Man, with local openers Gravel Route. 4481 St-Denis, 9 p.m., $10

If this nice weather makes you feel like dancing, head to Datcha for a delirious set by Berlin’s Palms Trax, alongside residents Motions and Jamal. 98 Laurier W., 11 p.m., cover charge unknown