FILM | Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Multi-disciplinary artist, activist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei is known for his defiance of the Chinese government. In this award-winning documentary that opened the 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival, director Alison Klayman follows Ai Weiwei as he prepares for art exhibitions while continually clashing with the government of his home country over his public statements and critical pieces. Screening at the Toronto Reference Library this afternoon, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a compelling film that looks at human rights and a government that wants to silence free speech. This screening is free and open to the public.
Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) 2PM Free
MUSIC | Youth Lagoon, Majical Cloudz at The Great Hall
Youth Lagoon hits The Great Hall tonight. Singer/songwriter Trevor Powers performs under the moniker Youth Lagoon, and has been gaining popularity with critics and fans alike since his 2011 debut album The Year of Hibernation. His sound is energetic and poppy, yet atmospheric and sonically rich with sounds that are different and somewhat enigmatic. Youth Lagoon just released a new album entitled, Wondrous Bughouse, produced by Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), so new material is likely to be featured tonight. Majical Cloudz is also on tonight's bill. Should be good!
The Great Hall Toronto (1087 Queen Street West) 8PM $16.50
The Junction Flea is coming home. Abandoning it's winter spot at The Great Hall, Junction Flea returns to its origins at Indian Road and Dundas West, setting up shop in the outdoor parking lot where it was born. Vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to housewares to vintage clothing will be on site all day long with live music by Kieran Adams and Joseph Shabason of DIANA playing at Opticianado down the road.
Indian Road and Dundas Street West, May 12, 2013, 9 AM $2
URBAN KNOWLEDGE | A Psychogeographic Stroll Around Queen & Ossington with Shawn Micallef
Shawn Micallef is well-known in Toronto because he knows Toronto so well. The author of the 2010 book Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto will lead a walking tour around the Queen and Ossington neighbourhood tonight, passing heritage buildings and giving a condensed history of Toronto during the two hour walk. The tour begins with an artist talk by David Kaufman at Twist Gallery, where his local urban photos are on display for CONTACT, and ends at a local bar. It doesn't get much better than that. Register by e-mailing email@example.com.
Twist Gallery (1100 Queen Street West) 7PM Free
FILM | Ryerson University Film Festival
Filmophiles needn't weep too much in the aftermath of Hot Docs. The Ryerson University Film Festival, aka RUFF, begins tonight, and takes place over two evenings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. This event gives the student filmmakers at Ryerson a chance to have their work screened in a real theatre environment, and to do some networking with industry folks who attend. This also gives local film buffs a chance to investigate the next generation of Toronto film creators. Twenty films will be shown over the course of tonight and tomorrow evening, and will definitely make for some interesting viewing.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) 7 PM $12 ($20 both nights)
ART | Making The Connections
A series of interactive pieces, Making The Connections connects gallery visitors with social issues that directly and indirectly factor into the health of Torontonians. Examining issues like food, income, housing, education, health care access and neighbourhood, the show looks at larger factors that are interconnected with health. Jo Snyder will introduce the exhibit at 7 PM tonight at Urbanspace before Aziza Mahamoud discusses systems thinking. Pieces by OCAD students based on their experience visiting Making The Connections will also be on display.
Urbanspace Gallery (401 Richmond Street West) 7 PM Fre