Sunday, July 6

* Restored & uncut classics at Cinéma du Parc
* Noyl & Famelik at Piknic Électronik
* Les Week-ends du Monde at Parc Jean Drapeau
* The Artsy Chicks album launch at la Vitrola
* Recommendations for the final night of the Jazz Fest

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Tuesday, April 16

* Leah Gordon and Michaëlle Jean talk Haiti
* PHI Centre launches Carte blanche to Stéphane Lafleur
* love u lovecraft at Bain St-Michel
* Bonobo plays Telus Theatre, with Shigeto
* Stereo Total, Karneef, Jealous Lovers

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Bonobo’s homegrown electronic empire

From Hampshire to Brighton to your ears and your bones, Bonobo has been honing his craft for a decade+. The North Borders is his latest record, one that needs to be heard and felt. Read about how he arrived there, right here.

Do you like it when I say Rick Ross sucks?

Rape-condoning lyrics, lying and shitty rapping = the perfect package. PLUS what do you want from a hip hop column, besides event pointers? AND speaking of which, there are four shows, two DJ nights and one elephant in the Bell Centre that you need to see this week.

411 is a joke

One of the most cheek-biting circumstances I’ve found myself in over years of covering hip hop is this all-too-typical exchange with friends:
Friend: Hey, what are you doing tonight?
Me: Going to see “Rapper X-Y-Z.”
Friend: X-Y-Z is in town?!? Why didn’t you tell me?!?
Me: Oh, sorry, you’re right! I only interviewed him, published it in a newspaper, reminded people in my column in said newspaper, spammed the entire Internet with the content — but yeah, sorry I didn’t call.
But okay, so, attention spans being what they are in this day and age, I can’t get too self-righteous. Instead, I thought I would take the time this week to put a few upcoming events on your fall concert radar. As they approach, expect more in-depth coverage, but start planning now for some crazy ish.