Thursday, Sept. 1

* Polo, Book One comic book launch
* Le Record Bar à Vinyles grand opening
* POP Montreal program launch party
* Rooftop terrasse party & Menage à Trois night in the Village
* Northern Light: A programme of contemporary Canadian cinema
* Ex-Pop MTL experimental music showcase

Theatre Rialto

Rialto Theatre

Check out the launch of Simon Mallette St-Pierre’s Polo, Book One, a comic book (for adults) about “a metropolitan Rabbit-Cat, as he faces his own mortality and social adaptation on a cynical road to recovery.” Taverne Cobra (6584 St-Laurent), 57 p.m., free

Villeray’s got a new bar as of today, le Record Bar à Vinyles (spinning music from the 1950s and ’60, for those who like it really old-school), and this evening’s grand opening is your first opportunity to get a glimpse, a listen and a drink. 7622 St-Hubert, 5 p.m.

The POP Montreal festival — of music (mostly), film, art, fashion and other things — launches its 2016 program three weeks before the start of its 15th edition, bringing five days of good times to venues all over town (Sept. 21–25). Organizers promise a banger of a party tonight at the Rialto, with DJ sets by Coeur de Pirate, Mixed Reviews (ie. members of Stars) and Andy Williams (of the Goods). There will be prizes and free drinks for the first 50 people in the door. 5719 Parc, 511 p.m., free

Start your holiday weekend a little early at Village nightclub Unity, where a rooftop terrasse party will give way to DJ Advocate’s Menage à Trois night (dancehall, hip hop, Top 40 and R&B) downstairs. 1171 Ste-Catherine E., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., both events free

The Visions film screening series presents Northern Light: A programme of contemporary Canadian cinema. 7080 Alexandra #506, 8 p.m., $7

At Mile Ex venue Nomad Live, GoodVibes and KickDrum present Ex-Pop MTL — a cheeky counterpoint to POP Montreal season? — showcasing indie/pop/experimental bands on an indoor and outdoor stage, among them Pony Girl, Saxsyndrum and Raveen. 129 Van Horne, 9 p.m.–1 a.m., $10

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