Thursday, Oct. 1

* Common Aliens art exhibition and panel discussion
* Stripped: Naked Fashion Show fundraiser for the Sexual Health Network of Quebec
* Le Cypher live hip hop night at le Bleury Bar à Vinyle
* Destroyer (with a full band) and Jennifer Castle play Théâtre Fairmount
* Thelonious Monk night at Résonance
* LGBT Film Fest at Cinéma du Parc begins with Tab Hunter Confidential

Under Pressure up ‘n’ up

People often ask me why Montreal doesn’t have a hip hop festival, musing that promoters don’t work hard enough, or want too much money, or that “artists don’t respect us.”

There are elements of each observation (save the last) that at least invite intelligent analysis. Usually I point out that Montreal’s economy and the proportionate audience for a hip hop event can’t justify the risk it takes to put something like that together. Ask some of these local so-called “greedy local rap promoters” what special hell a single rapper can put them through.