Thursday, Nov. 10

* RIDM documentary festival begins
* Place Ville Marie observation deck deal
* MUTEK_IMG VR exhibition
* Metatron fall catalogue launch
* Bud Rice/Maybe Greys tour launch show
* Chocolat LP launch


The view from Place Ville Marie

The Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) festival begins, presenting 11 days of cutting-edge documentary features, shorts and conferences at various locations — see our round-up of festival highlights here. Don’t miss tonight’s opening party with performances from She-Devils, Hua Li and Strange Froots. 3450 St-Urbain, 9 p.m., free

If you haven’t yet checked out the stellar view from the new observation deck atop Place Ville Marie, today might be the right time — for a limited time only, the deck and associated exhibitions are open late, until 10 p.m., and accessible at a reduced rate. 3 Place-Ville-Marie, 10 a.m.–10 p.m., $15, hours and rates continue through Saturday

The third edition of Mutek’s digital arts forum, MUTEK_IMG – Mixed Realities is going on now, and while much of the programming is geared towards professionals in the field, the general public will have plenty to enjoy at the concurrent immersive Virtual Reality exhibition taking place at the Rialto over the next four days and featuring several different types of VR headsets displaying videos, games and other interactive media for the technologically curious. 5723 Parc, 12–5 p.m., $10, continues through Sunday

Local DIY publisher Metatron holds a fall catalogue launch party la Sala Rossa. See event details and an interview with Metatron founder Ashley Opheim here. 4848 St-Laurent, 7:30 p.m., PWYC/suggested donation $5

Montreal singer-songwriter Bud Rice plays a fall tour kick-off and fundraiser with soon-to-be road-mates Maybe Greys. Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent), 9 p.m., $15/$20 with copies of Rice’s record Belfast and Maybe Greys’ Three Mile Bend

Montreal psych band Chocolat (feat. indie heartthrob Jimmy Hunt) launches their new record Rencontrer Looloo — out now on Dare to Care Records — with a show at Matahari Loft. 1673 Mont-Royal E., 9:30 p.m., $13

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