03/09/2013 08:14 EST | Updated 05/09/2013 05:12 EDT

Pierre's picks: 5 don't miss shows in Montreal this weekend

Every Friday, CBC Montreal’s Homerun arts reporter Pierre Landry brings you the top five things to see and do in Montreal this weekend.

Here are his picks for March 8, 9 and 10:

1. Local bands Motel Raphaël and Lakes of Canada perform Friday night at Divan Orange. Motel Raphaël gained lots of momentum through CBC Music's Searchlight competition.

2.Jazz chanteuse Ranee Lee plays the lead in The Mahalia Jackson Musical, presented at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. Jackson grew up in poverty in Louisiana before finding fame as The Queen of Gospel. Shows run at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday.

3. Lakeshore Light Opera is staging Gilbert & Sullivan's Princess Ida at the Louise Chalmers Theatre in Pointe-Claire. Jonathan Curzi directs. Shows run at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a matinee Sunday at

4. Montreal singer-songwriter Charlotte Cornfield is playing a show at the Cagibi on Saturday night. She received critical praise for her album Two Horses, released last year.

5. On Sunday night, Wesli, Doba, and Sika perform at Cabaret du Mile End to raise funds for Médecins du Monde in their fight against the cholera outbreak in Haiti.