Friday, Feb. 8

* Kallitechnis at le Ministère
* Vox Sambou at O Patro Vys
* Tupi Collective at Sala Rossa
* Speakerbox at Blue Dog
* Mike Larry and Alex Pycke at Salon Daomé
* Britney Spears dance party at le Ritz

PHOTOS: The Jazz Fest part 1

Cult MTL photographer Cindy Lopez captured the action at shows by the Barr Brothers, Erykah Badu, Jaga Jazzist, Jai Nitai Lotus, Illa J and more.

Sunday, June 28

* Last day of the Taste of the Caribbean festival in the Old Port
* Hua Li and Marshia Celina talk personas, hip hop and feminism
* Battlewar Block Party wrestling at Foufounes Électriques
* Poet Ian Ferrier launches a new book at Casa del Popolo
* Swans member Thor Harris plays his first solo show at la Vitrola
* Local producer/MC Jai Nitai Lotus & his band play the Jazz Fest

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Saturday, March 28

* The Montreal Independent Games Festival
* Fresh Paint Market at Fresh Paint Gallery
* Rap Battle Against the Tar Sands with Jai Nitai Lotus, Urban Science & more
* Heavy Mania wrestling at the Corona Theatre
* Choses Sauvages EP launch at Katacombes
* Body Meta International Discotheque one-year anniversary party at Casa del Popolo

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8 reasons to come back

Our hip hop column returns, just in time for a shit-ton of live rap & wicked parties this week, from the free outdoor action at OUMF to record launches by Eman x VLooper & Jai Nitai Lotus.

Tuesday, July 2

* Finnish film The Punk Syndrome at the PHI Centre
* Vernissage for Flosculus Monstruosus at Ta-Chido
* Thus: Owls play the MAC for Jazz Fest
* Jai Nitai Lotus backed by the Kalmunity Vibe Collective

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Rap drought at Jazz Fest

The Bell stage may be groovin’ but where’s the headlining hip hop in the Jazz Fest’s concert halls? Good thing there are enough shows & DJ nights elsewhere to keep heads occupied. Look here, we’ll tell you what’s up.