Montreal Hit List: Mars Attack!, TOPS Album Launch, Project X, Art Matters & more!

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29 & THURSDAY MARCH 1

8pm. Ariane Moffatt @ Rialto Theatre, 5723 Parc Ave. French Canadian singer-songwriter Ariane Moffat plays two shows at Rialto in support of her new album “MA” released February 27, 2012.

THURSDAY MARCH 1

8pm. TOPS Album Launch w/ Mac DeMarco & Steve J.R. @ Il Motore, 179 Jean Talon West. TOPS celebrates their debut release, Tender Opposites, out February 28th on Arbutus Records. Composed of ex members of local favourites Silly Kissers, Pat Jordache and Cadence Weapon, Tender Opposites pays homage to soft rock greats like Fleetwood Mac, Romeo Void, and Dire Straits. TOPS will be joined by Mac DeMarco and Steve J.R.. $5 advance / $8 door, tickets available at Phonopolis, Cheap Thrills and Atom Heart.

10pm. Project X – VICE Afterparty @ Le Belmont, 4483 St-Laurent. To mark the opening night of Warner Bros’ “Project X“, a movie about parties playing at Scotiabanque Theatre (977 Ste-Catherine West) on March 1st at 7:30pm, VICE will throw an afterparty at Le Belmont. Send your full name to projectxmontreal@vice.com and get +1 to the screening as well as the afterparty at Le Belmont featuring:

*Free Tacos by Grumman 78 
*Free Drinks 
*Many, many lasers 
*DJs Hatchmatik and A-Rock of Peer Pressure 
*Hosted by DL Jones 
*A really, really nice time

FRIDAY MARCH 2

8:30pm. Art Matters Opening Party @ Fonderie Darling, 745 Ottawa Road. Celebrate the beginning of Concordia’s student-run art festival Art Matters! With tunes from SUUNSDa Pink Noise, Doom Squad and Mekele, as well as installations by Courtenay Mayes.  
Tickets: Student pre-sale $6 (ID required) // Non-Concordians & Door $10. 
Tickets are available at Cafe X in the EV building, 1515 St. Catherine W.

9pm. Gary War + Technical Kidman + Femminielli @ Divan Orange, 4234 St-Laurent. Divan Orange welcomes NYC’s Gary War and Montreal’s Technical Kidman & Femminielli Tickets will be 12$ at the door / 10$ presale.

SATURDAY MARCH 3

10:00pm. Strip Spelling Bee @ MainLine Theatre, 3997 St-Laurent Blvd. Another instalment of the popular Strip Spelling Bee event at MainLine. The game is played a lot like strip poker, but it’s a spelling bee, and it’s played in front of a live audience of hooters, hollerers and hecklers who want to see some smart and sexy skin! Sign up to spell, or come to cheer the spellers on. Sign up at 10pm (max. 15 strip spellers), bee from 10:30pm-midnight. $10 at the door. Spellers do not pay, and get a free drink.

SUNDAY MARCH 4

10pm. Mars Attack @ Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent. Mars Attack!, an electronic concert series happening over four nights this March, launches this Sunday at Club Soda with UK’s Koan Sound and Gemini . Then, Le Belmont hosts drum & bass acts Camo and Krooked on March 14; Club Soda hosts High Contrast and Dynamite MC on March 25. On March 31, the fest wraps up at Le Belmont with a performance by France’s Vitalic. Tickets for the March 4 show are $22, and are available here. A pass for the first three nights costs $40.

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