Radar: Chantal Kreviazuk, Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Bonjay/Powers/HotKid, Canada's Baking and Sweets Show, The Ugly One
MUSIC | Chantal Kreviazuk with Symphony Orchestra
Canada's darling songstress Chantal Kreviazuk performs with a symphony orchestra backing this evening at Massey Hall. The pianist welcomes her special guest and husband Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace as the opening act before she performs her biggest hits with a full orchestral backing. This rare performance by the Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter is part of Canada's Walk of Fame Festival, a four-day festival honouring our country's iconic artists.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street) 8PM $39.50-$88.50
FILM | The Toronto Palestine Film Festival
The non-profit week-long film festival dedicated to Palestinian filmmakers begins this evening with the opening gala screening of Pomegranates and Myrrh, Najwa Najjar's 2008 drama about a Palestinian dancer who marries an incarcerated man, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West). Now in its 4th year, TPFF's 2011 program includes 24 features, shorts and documentaries, numerous panels with Palestinian directors and actors and even a traditional Palestinian brunch. For top picks, check out our preview post. The festival closes October 7th.
Various locations 7PM $10 general, $7 student/senior
MUSIC | Unsigned #19: Bonjay/Powers/HotKid
Steam Whistle Brewery's traveling concert series to support Canadian indie artists that has helped launch the careers of bands like The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Darcys, Young Empires and Lioness makes a stop in Toronto tonight. Showcasing three new acts--Ottawa's R&B Dancehall duo Bonjay, Toronto's electronic noise pop band Powers and Cambridge's indie rock duo HotKid--the Brewery will become a music hall while collecting money for the Artists' Health Centre Foundation. If local bands and local brew are your thing, Unsigned is the Friday night party for you.
Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard) 8PM $5
SWEETS | Canada's Baking and Sweets Show
If you're interested in opening yet another cupcake shop, tasting fudge or discovering new shops and businesses in the city, Canada's ultimate baking expo opens this evening for sweet toothed Torontonians. Baking businesses and sweet shops from across the province will be at the International Centre showcasing their tasty treats and recipes. Saturday will feature appearances from the W Network's Cupcake Girls and Sunday special guest Buddy Valastro from TLC's Cake Boss will be present. Join the candy, cake and chocolate obsessed by rotting your teeth at Canada's Baking and Sweets Show!
International Centre (6900 Airport Road) 12PM $12 general, $8 senior, $6 student, Free for children under 12
THEATRE | The Ugly One
German playwright Marius von Mayenburg's black comedy about Lette, a hideous-looking man whose wife convinces him he is too unattractive to get ahead in life, opens at the Tarragon Theatre this evening. The Ugly One turns, well, ugly when Lette's plastic surgeon makes him the perfect man--and then begins offering his identical face to any man who is willing to pay. Director Ashlie Corcoran's take on this masterpiece about an image-obsessed culture and the consequences of chasing perfection runs until October 16th.
Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue) 8PM $18
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR RADAR:
- SoOnCon 2011
- The Immortal OAAG Awards
- Ohbijou Presents Metal Meets Album Release
- A Fool's Life
- Revolution by Ed Ou Opening Reception
For Toronto movie showtimes, view our Movie Listings section.
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