Thursday, July 14

* The Fantasia Film Festival begins
* Jon Rafman vernissage
* Strange Froots EP launch
* Free outdoor DJ set by Lexis
* Jessy Lanza live with opener Marie Davidson
* Three O’Clock Train live

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Jessy Lanza

Fantasia begins! While Podz’s new film King Dave is sold out, it opens in theatres tomorrow, and tickets are still available for today’s other big-ticket premiere: Kickboxer: Vengeance. See the festival’s website for the full program, and check out the first of our almost-daily review round-ups — featuring a review of King Dave and two other films screening at Fantasia today and tomorrow.

Major Montreal-based artist Jon Rafman opens a new exhibition at Griffintown’s Arsenal Gallery, with pieces from his Majudia Collection, featuring a walkable vegetation maze embedded with multimedia installations, plus virtual reality experiences on the oculus rift. 2020 William, 6–8 p.m., free

Head to Groove Nation for the launch of a new EP by hip hop trio Strange Froots, produced while they were this summer’s band-in-residence at CJLO’s Community Radio Fund residency program. Also on tonight’s bill are openers C’nee Starlette and Aralune plus DJs Lil Mango and Aloof Hipster and special guests Malika Tirolien, Tshizimba, MTL Mello and Lucas Charlie Rose. 410 Rachel E., 8 p.m., $10/PWYC

Ahead of his weekend set at Piknic Électronik, Music Is My Sanctuary founder Lexis is spinning a Piknic-presented set at Jardins Gamelin. Outside 1500 Berri, 89:30 p.m., free

Hamilton synth-pop/electro-R&B chanteuse Jessy Lanza plays la Sala Rossa with Marie Davidson (of Essaie Pas, playing her solo work) and DJ Taye. See our interview with Lanza, about her latest, second album Oh No, here. La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Denis), 9 p.m., $16/$20

Vets of the Montreal music scene Three O’Clock Train bring their dark country sound to O Patro Vys tonight, with opener Ford Madox Ford. 356 Mont-Royal E., 9:30 p.m., $15

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