Thursday, May 3

* Never Apart’s LGBT Film Series
* Sheila Heti launches Motherhood
* Montreal Sketchfest
* Braids with Graham Van Pelt and Common Holly

Sheila Heti

For tonight’s edition of Never Apart’s LGBT Film Series, Toronto-based multimedia artist Sammy Rawal will present a selection of music videos done in his unique, stylized approach. In addition to creating videos, GIFs and other image-based artworks, Rawal is the co-founder of QPOC hip hop and dancehall party YES YES Y’ALL. 7049 St-Urbain, 6 p.m., free

Critically acclaimed Canadian author Sheila Heti launches her new book Motherhood at the Rialto Hall this evening, where she’ll join Montreal’s own Heather O’Neill in conversation about what it’s like to face the question raised by the novel—to have children or not. 5711 du Parc, 7 p.m., $10

The 13th annual Montreal Sketchfest kicks off tonight with a launch show featuring sketch comedy troupe Cups & A Half (Philly) plus Toronto comedians Cam Wyllie and Chris Middleton, with MTL duo Damsel Washington. As an added bonus, festival sponsor Beau’s will have a special beer tasting onsite. Théàtre Sainte Catherine (264 Ste-Catherine E.), 8 p.m., $12

Montreal band Braids, who just released a pair of new singles, plays a headlining show at la Sala Rossa with openers Graham Van Pelt (Miracle Fortress) and Common Holly. 4848 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $12/$15, all ages