8pm Trampoline Hall Lectures / The Chairs Are Where The People Go @ Sala Rossa, 4848 St-Laurent. Trampoline Hall – a lecture series where people lecture on subjects of their own choosing, but outside their area of expertise – makes its Montreal debut at this launch event for “The Chairs are Where the People Go,” a new book by Sheila Heti and Misha Glouberman. Featuring lectures by Marci Denesiuk on Evolution and Shadow Puppetry, Anthony Kinik on The Evil Eye and Jesse Staniforth on The Theory of Relativity. Curated by Mark Slutsky. Set by Sherwin Tjia. Tickets available at Casa Del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent, 514 284-3804) and the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard O., 514 279-2224).


Fantasia International Film Festival @ Théâtre Hall Concordia, 1455 de Maisonneuve O and other locations. Fantasia, North America’s foremost genre film fest, enters its final week. This week’s offerings include the world premiere of the American crime-thriller “Brawler” (Aug 3 at 7:30pm and Aug 4 at 2:50pm); the world premiere of Australian sci-fi fantasy “Exit” (Aug 4 at 7pm and Aug 5 at 7:30pm); and the Canadian premiere of thriller-comedy “Burke and Hare,” from legendary UK director John Landis and starring Simon Pegg and Isla Fisher (Aug 5 at 9:45pm). Visit fantasiafestival.com for complete film listings and ticket info.


7pm Ace of Base @ Théâtre Corona, 2490 rue Notre-Dame O. Apparently this is the week to make your 11-year-old-self jealous (see NKOTBSB tour, below). The Swedish hit-makers behind All that She Wants and The Sign play Théâtre Corona in support of their new record, “The Golden Ratio.” Tickets $41 (general admission), $73.50 (VIP), available at evenko.ca.


Festival Mode & Design @ Avenue McGill College and Ste Catherine. Festival Mode & Design hits the streets of downtown Montreal for 4 days of runway shows, live music performances, contests and fashion showcases. Highlights include Jean Paul Gaultier – Bourgeoises sans âge, a glimpse at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall/Winter 2011-12 collection (Aug 3, 10pm, Main Stage); a performance by Mile End band Parlovr (Aug 6, 3:30pm, Plaza Stage); and Collectif De: Mtl, a showcase of Montreal’s established and up-and-coming designers (Aug 6, 6:15pm, Plaza Stage). Visit festivalmodedesign.com for complete listings.


8pm Brian Eno: Another Green World + selected shorts & music videos @ Blue Sunshine, 3660 St-Laurent, 3rd floor. Brian Eno first starred as the feather-crested electronic keyboard genius of Roxy Music forty years ago. Since then he has been hailed as a pioneer, with his revolutionary experiments in ambient music and audio visual art and as featured producer on benchmark albums by David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and more. Eno gave BBC Arena unprecedented access to observe him working in his studio and talking with friends and colleagues. The master of reinvention engages with fellow influential minds, including Richard Dawkins, Malcolm Gladwell, David Whittaker and Steve Lillywhite, in a series of conversations on science, art, systems analysis, producing and cybernetics. Preceding Another Green World will be a curated selection of 70s and 80s-era Eno (and Eno-produced) music videos, along with interviews from the out-of-print Imaginary Landscapes.

9pm Tops + Makeout Videotape + Walter TV + Hammond Ri @ Casa del Popolo, 4873 St-Laurent. Makeout Videotape, Tops + Walter TV + Hammond Ri play a live show at Casa del Popolo.


7:30pm POP Lafontaine @ Théâtre de Verdure, Parc Lafontaine. POP teams up with the NFB and the Théâtre de Verdure to bring you two nights of FREE activities. On Aug 4, catch a free screening of the popular documentary Socalled, le Film (2010, Eng. v., Fr. sub.) with director Garry Beitel in attendance. On August 5, POP Montreal has programmed shows from some of Montreal’s finest songwriters, including Philémon Chante, Katie Moore and United Steel Workers of Montreal.


7:30pm New Kids On the Block and The Backstreet Boys: NKOTBSB Tour @ Bell Centre, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal. Haul out the Tiger Beats! All your tween-age dreams come true this Friday when two of the biggest 90s boy bands join forces for the NKOTBSB tour. Yup, Backstreet’s Back and will be Hangin’ Tough with those unruly New Kids on the Block! Other Canadian dates include Ottawa (Aug 4), Hamilton (Aug 6) and London (Aug 7). Tickets $43-$103, available at evenko.ca.