Art this week

A show of women in art by female artists, festival action and killer parties in our vernissage round-up + complete Montreal gallery and museum listings.

Thursday, August 29

* Peace Park screening
* The Birth of Nature, Manuel Mathieu vernissage
* Coifferie Paradiso launch party
* Docville screens The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
* Gods, Guns & Automobiles Canadian premiere
* Hip Hop Karaoke at Le Belmont

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Saturday, July 6

* The Korean Film Festival continues
* The Godfather parts I & II at Cinéma du Parc
* Trigger Effect, the Great Sabatini & Hashed Out at Turbo Haüs
* The 222’s with Hiroshima Shadows at Playhouse
* Partyfest! with Vincent Pryce and the Shah

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This is the hip hop Grand Prix

These GP-branded events have been carefully selected either to truly entertain you, show a little love to local businesses and artists who deserve it, or maybe even do all three. One way or the other, these parties should get you well away from the fake tits and grey dicks.

Friday, May 10

* Wyrd IV at Casa del Popolo
* Alexanderplatz is open
* Jason Urban vernissage at Monastiraki
* JessGO show opens at Galerie 203
* Street Like That premiere at TRH-Bar
* Trigger Effect album launch at Il Motore
* Rolling Stoned DJ night @ Underworld

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Friday, March 8

* Mark International Women’s Day
* Art Matters
* Richard Suicide vernissage
* J’adore ton travail vernissage
* Metalcore bros Every Time I Die
* The Fabulous Lolo & ska company
* Animal Collective and Dan Deacon
* Bang ‘N Shout at Il Motore
* Village des Chilleurs

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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.