Pierre's picks: 5 don't-miss events in Montreal this weekend
Extreme metal symposium, Marie-Antoinette, Norman McLaren tribute, Corb Lund and Peter Doig this weekend
1. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the groundbreaking animator and filmmaker Norman McLaren, The NFB and Quartier des Spectacles present McLaren: Wall-to-Wall. A total of seven downtown buildings will be illuminated at night with works inspired by the genius of McLaren. Until June 1 at Quartier des Spectacles.
2. Canadian country star Corb Lund rolls into town with tunes from his latest album Cabin Fever. It made the 2013 Polaris Music Prize long list. At Petit Campus (57 Prince-Arthur E.), Friday at 8 p.m.
3. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens welcome the Houston Ballet for Marie-Antoinette. They story of the French queen is choreographed by Stanton Welch and features costumes by Canadian designer Kandis Cook. At Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts, Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
4. Metalheads are congregating at Concordia University Friday and Saturday for Grimposium, a symposium on extreme heavy metal. The event was put together by professor Vivek Venkatesh, the associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and panels feature artists, writers, academics, musicians and others entrenched in the extreme metal scene. Concordia University (1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd), Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
5. Over 50,000 people have seen the beautiful Peter Doig exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Don't wait too long if you haven't witnessed No Foreign Lands yet, it wraps up on May 4.