First of all, are you well-hydrated? Sufficiently rested? Do you have a good base going? Anything less than that signals peril, young HPX learner. The storied festival kicks off this Tuesday, and there's still a lot of music-listening to be done before next Thursday's HPX issue. Get a leg up on the pile and dive into a mid-week helping of Pop.
If you were one of those lucky 50 folks to get a ticket to Kim Harris' show at Government House on Tuesday, lucky you (7:10pm, free, but you must email email@example.com to get a ticket), because you'll probably cry. Later that night, Vogue Dots not only release their newest EP, Mauka on this very day, but also perform at Reflections with Austra, Petra Glynt and Astral Swans (read more on page 23). Wednesday brings an afternoon of make-believe with Mike Ritchie's Virtual Reality Jams (2pm, Museum of Natural History auditorium) where you can use Oculus Rift hardware to hang out with Joel Plaskett (virtually) and pretend you're standing in the middle of Xara, Halifax's women's choir (again, virtually). Are you having a laugh? You could be if you check out Good Morning Tonight (7pm, Company House), there will be special guests, and even more special guests like Mark Little, Struan Sutherland, Andrew Bush and more. You've got multiple ways to cap off Wednesday—Lights, Tokyo Police Club, Solids or Sonreal, but TEEN and Telstar Drugs with The Everywheres (10:30pm at The Carleton) guarantees a dreamy, drone-y night and a smooth start to your weekend.