Author and filmmaker Alain Cliche (MTL Punk) launches his third (French-language) novel, Jusqu’à ce que la mort nous chatouille de ses caresses, with an event at Laika that will feature a reading, a soundtrack of new wave, alternative, industrial and psychedelic music and physical book sales (the book will not be available in stores). 4040 St-Laurent, 6–9 p.m., free entry
Cinéma du Parc hosts a screening of independent Canadian documentary The Messenger, which pays homage to the songbird, explains its importance in our ecosystem and compares the species’ uncertain fate to our own. A discussion with bird expert Mélanie Guigeno will follow. (Note that the film will screen again tomorrow night.) 3575 Parc, 7 p.m., $12.50/$11
Montreal quintet SAD are playing Perfecto’s Souper Spectacle, where mac and cheese and wine will be paired with gloomy post-punk. 20 Duluth E., doors/dinner 7 p.m./show 8 p.m., $20 (includes meal & glass of wine)/$5 for the show only
Brooklyn art/dance act Prince Rama (the sisters on the cover of our April issue — see that cover story here) play Casa del Popolo. Bonus: two pretty great live acts, locals Doldrums and Technical Kidman, are opening. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $10/$13
Local franco new wave/indie rock band Bermudes are launching their Filles Allégoriques EP at O Patro Vys, with openers Pandacide and a Quebec City act that may or may not be called Nouveau Band. O Patro Vys (356 Mont-Royal E.), 9:30 p.m., $7/$10 with an EP
There are only five days left to vote in our annual Best of MTL readers poll, and to answer our special Best of MTL question for a chance to win sick prize packs (courtesy of Tourisme Montréal). Pick your favourite local people, places, artists, services, restaurants and retailers (remember, your ballot needs 25 answers to count) and enter that contest here!