Friday, Aug. 19

* BIPOC event Collective Culture Montreal begins
* Food truck block party in St-Henri
* Bar Éphémère BBQ party
* The Smiths vs. the Jesus and Mary Chain DJ night
* ’90s karaoke night
* Omni, Heat and Slight live


William and Tim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain

This weekend, Mile Ex cultural space Never Apart hosts Collective Culture Montreal, a three-day series of events celebrating the voices of creatives from BIPOC communities (Black/Indigenous and People of Colour) with performances, panel discussions, parties and more. Today’s line-up includes an informal Clap Back discussion, pop-up shop with books, zines and artwork, performances and a live recording session of the Two Hungry Children EP.7 by Madelyne Beckles, Kalale Dalton and Cason Sharpe. 7049 St-Urbain, 12–5 p.m., free, continues to Sunday

Les Premiers Vendredis and Cuisine de Rue Montréal team up to host a big, two-day block party in St-Henri beginning today, featuring a pop-up bar, food trucks like Dasfoodtruck, Cholo 58, Pops Art, l’Assomoir and LAB, plus tunes from Evan C b2b LMB in a festive atmosphere by the St-Henri silos. Corner St-Ambroise and St-Remi, 4–11 p.m., free, continues to Saturday

Bring your own grillables to tonight’s Bar Éphémère, the outdoor terrasse at the Darling Foundry, with a self-serve BBQ, special drink menu and a stacked lineup of DJs including Iron Galaxy, Deadboy, Francis Oak and DJ Water Ski. 745 Ottawa, 5–11 p.m., free

Matahari Loft hosts the Team Rocket DJs’ latest b2b battle of the retro bands, with this edition pitting the Smiths vs. the Jesus and Mary Chain in a fight for outsider ’80s alt-pop supremacy. 1673 Mont-Royal E., 9 p.m., $5

For a little ’90s nostalgia (and a chance to get on the mic), la Plante is hosting a ’90s karaoke night — check out the details and request your favourite tunes here. Bonus: cake. Secret location, 9 p.m., PWYC, BYOB

Well here’s a sold bill c/o promoters Blue Skies Turn Black: Atlanta lo-fi pop band Omni (check out the video for their first single here) plays Brasserie Beaubien with a couple of sweet local bands, Heat (spanning the proto-punk/shoegaze spectrum of classic alt rock) and Slight (“swirling psychedelic art pop”). 73 Beaubien E., 9 p.m., $8/$10

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