Thursday, July 21

* Vernissage for Osheaga’s Musique sur papier
* Three promising shows at Just for Laughs
* M ton Zoo free outdoor hip hop show
* Black Mountain plays le Fairmount
* MEG fest begins!


Strangerfamiliar. Photo by Thomas Boucher

You know Osheaga is around the corner when their annual poster exhibit begins: the sixth edition of Musique sur papier opens at Galerie France Cantin in the Village, and runs through Aug. 7. 1200 Amherst #102, vernissage 59 p.m.

The Just for Laughs festival ramps up tonight with killer local comics: the JFL edition of the Brunch Club’s Arts and Laughs goes down at the Wiggle Room (3874 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $20.87); right after that, the burlesque bar hosts Tranna Wintour and Thomas LeBlanc, who will engage in a battle of words over Ms. Dion in Saint Celine (3874 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $20.87) — this show repeats at the same time and place on Friday and Saturday; and part one of The Montreal Show, featuring seven must-see local acts plus host Rodney Ramsay (Montreal Improv, 3697 St-Laurent, 10:30 p.m., $20.87). See our complete guide to local talent at Just for Laughs here.

The M for Montreal festival teams up with Zoofest and their Melting Pot block party series for M ton Zoo, a free outdoor show outside Place des Arts featuring DJ/producers High Klassified and Tommy Kruise and live hip hop act les Anticipateurs! Check ca man! 175 Ste-Catherine W., 9 p.m., free

Vancouver’s Black Mountain — whose latest album IV has been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize this year — plays the Fairmount Theatre with opener Man Forever (aka Kid Millions). 5240 Parc, 9 p.m., $15/$20

The MEG music festival begins today, bringing “Montreal Electronique Groove” to venues around the Plateau (and to Piknic Electronik on the weekend, through July 31). Tonight’s opening show features Mansfield TYA, Strangerfamiliar and CO/NTRY (formerly Country). Check out our video preview of this gathering of great local bands, DJs and producers and their counterparts from France and the ROC here. La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent), 10 p.m., $10/$15

See our reviews of films screening at the Fantasia Film Festival here.

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