Thursday, Oct. 13

* Montreal: Temporary City workshop
* GrandBuda album launch
* IndieCon independent video game event
* Montreal Burlesque Festival begins
* Queens of Country DJ night
* Hip Hop Karaoke


A Montreal pop-up shop

The Concordia-based Institute for Urban Futures is holding a workshop called Montreal: Temporary City at Mile End’s new free coworking space Temps Libre, focusing on the growing trend of keeping vacant buildings in use through temporary strategies like pop-up shops, art exhibitions and other short-term cases. The conversation will be facilitated by Jonathan Lapalme and Mallory Wilson of Entremise. 5605 de Gaspé, #102, 4:30 p.m., free

Montreal DJ, rapper and producer GrandBuda drops his brand-new album If It Happened to Me with a launch party and performance at le Belmont. 4483 St-Laurent, 5–8 p.m., performance at 6:30 p.m., free (RSVP here)

Check out what Montreal’s independent video game producers have been up to at today’s IndieCon at Rosemont’s Gam1ng Café, showcasing new games from studios Artifact5, no_CVT, North Peak, Miscellaneum Studios and more. Guests will be able to try out all the games on the café’s consoles and computers. 3311 Masson, 5–11 p.m., $10

The eighth annual Montreal’s Burlesque Festival opens with the first of three big shows at Club Soda, featuring headliners from the U.S. and Austria as well as a dozen Montreal talents including former Cult MTL cover stars Lady Josephine and Audrey Ivory. 1225 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $30/$45, $65/$79 premium, $115/$129 VIP

NDQ hosts a Queens of Country music night with resident DJs spinning only the best classic country from the likes of Dolly Parton and other rhinestone cowgirls. Drink specials offered to those sporting thematic attire. 32 Beaubien E., 10 p.m., free

After some time away, Hip Hop Karaoke returns to le Belmont to give local heads a shot at glory on the mic. Check out our interview with the event’s new organizer here. 4483 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $8/$10

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