Give your local bookshops some love by joining local writers in celebrating Authors for Indies Day, with special guest authors manning the stacks at booksellers across town, including guests Pascal Girard, Guillaume Morissette, Ashley Opheim and Ohara Hale at Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard W. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.), Anita Anand, Christopher DiRaddo and Catherine McKenzie at Paragraphe (2220 McGill College, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.), and Lateef Martin, Saleema Nawaz and Norman Nawrocki at the Word (469 Milton, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Culture Shift, the third edition of the multi-venue Biennale of Contemporary Native Art hosts a vernissage at Art Mûr today for the Central Pavilion exhibition featuring works by nearly 30 contemporary indigenous artists from across Canada including Nadia Myre, KC Adams, Maria Hupfield and Lance Belanger. 5826 St-Hubert, 3–5 p.m., free
Get your fill of tacos with two special taco pop-ups today: one at North Star Pinball Bar (3908 St-Laurent, 4–8 p.m.) featuring traditional Mexican villamelón and veggie setas from Maurin Cuisine for $5 each; the other at Chez Boris After Dark (5151 Parc, 6–10 p.m.) featuring 3 for $10 of your choice of beef or refried bean tacos with all the trimmings.
Discover the art and craftsmanship of custom corsetry with tonight’s Pretty Waisted corset fashion show at Mademoiselle, where Montreal’s favourite burlesque stars — including Mimi Cherry, Lady Josephine, Sugar Vixen, Vanilla Bliss and Audrey Ivory — will perform and model the bespoke creations of corset designer Sandra Chirico in a runway show. Check out our interview with Chirico here. 5171 Parc, 8 p.m., $30/$25 in advance
Montreal band Wake Island has hit an exciting stage of their career, scaling down to a duo and taking their classic songwriting style into the electronic realm. Read more about that in our interview, here, and check out the launch party for the new record, Out, tonight, with opener Woodpigeon and DJs Frankie Teardrop and Kaz_Kandy, with live visuals by Daniel Rig. Bar le Ritz (179 Jean-Talon W.), 8 p.m., $10 (nobody turned away for lack of funds)
Head to Sala Rossa for a dance party from the Goods and Music Is My Sanctuary featuring special guest Dennis ‘Dego’ McFarlane of the U.K.-based production duo 4Hero and head of London record label 2000Black. 4848 St-Laurent, 10:30 p.m., $15/$13 in advance
For more punk, metal, noise and weird pop show recommendations, see Hammer of the Mods, here.