Stop by your favourite comic book shops across town for today’s worldwide Free Comic Book Day and pick up a totally free comic book from a wide variety of titles, plus special guests and other surprises at shops like Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard W., 10 a.m.–8 p.m.) and Crossover Comics (3560 Notre-Dame W., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Over 70 bands play NDG-area porches and balconies as part of Porchfest, happening today and tomorrow. See a list of performers and a map of show locations here.
Archive Montreal (organizers of Expozine) is one of the major partners presenting today’s GRANDE Print Art Fair, with over 60 artists, designers and collectives who create posters and printed art exhibiting and selling their prints, plus an afternoon round-table discussion on printmaking. 5445 de Gaspé #102, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free
Get set for spring with multi-label pop-up shop at Godberd featuring collections from Atelier Wonder, Blessed Poppy, Lafaille and Laugh plus tattoos, nail art and a visual art expo. 2050 Joly, 12–9 p.m., free
Check out the launch party for gluten-free/allergen-free eatery la Table en Bois, timed with food allergy awareness week and celiac awareness month. The event will offer safe organic snacks — minus the top nine allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, eggs, dairy, sesame, soy, wheat and mustard — and, on the family-friendly tip, free t-shirts for kids, a craft corner and story time. 5830 St-Laurent, 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Conundrum Press was founded in Montreal by publisher Andy Brown 20 years ago, and today he’s back in town to launch 20×20, a book of excerpts and reflections from 20 of the writers and artists who’ve risen from Canada’s vibrant underground art scene with a little help from Conundrum. Monastiraki (5478 St-Laurent), 4 p.m., free
Voted #5 Best Solo Act in this year’s Best of MTL readers’ poll, soulful singer-songwriter Ms.Holmes launches the vinyl edition of her album TEN plus a brand-new music video with a show at Bar le Ritz PDB featuring sets from the Goods’ DJ Andy Williams. 179 Jean-Talon W., 9 p.m., $12/$10 in advance
Pick up our May issue, featuring the results from the Best of MTL readers poll, here!