Saturday, Jan. 31

* Toboggan Derby on Mount Royal
* Animal portraiture vernissage at Galerie Youn
* MUTEK edition of Hivernale
* Israeli reggae band Zvuloon Dub System play the Rialto
* FRO Festival kicks off with Dead Prez’s M-1 & more
* Shash’U’s all-star EP launch party at le Belmont

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Wednesday, March 19

* Beaux Dégâts at Foufounes Electriques
* The Cinemathèque québécoise screen The Magnificent Ambersons
* Radio Radio album launch at Club Soda
* Afrikelectro and Dead Man Get Up play Club Balattou
* Syzzors and APigeon play Casa del Popolo

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Mikey B Trippin, from ECMW to SXSW

M for Montreal’s main man Mikey B Rishwain is out at the spring festivals, reporting for Cult MTL about the bands, the bars and the local weirdos in Halifax, Austin and Toronto. In this first installment of Mikey B Trippin, he regales us with tales of his first time in Halifax: the biker bars, the bribes, the Boners & the Downers of East Coast Music Week.

Today’s Sounds: Gary Schwartz & Lettingo

Jazz man Gary Schwartz and Lettingo play Ornette Coleman and Coleman-inspired material live at la Sala Rossa, plus a banging Twin Shadow remix of that Sky Ferreira tune and a video depicting the Chiac shenanigans of Radio Radio.