Radar: Michael Bryant "28 Seconds," The 2012 Grange Prize Launch Party, Del Bel, CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase Gala Opening
BOOKS & LIT | Michael Bryant "28 Seconds"
Tonight, the Globe and Mail hosts what might possibly be one of the most controversial book-related events ever at this location. Michael Bryant will discuss his book 28 Seconds with The Globe and Mail's Gabe Gonda. The book deals with those crucial moments in his altercation with bicycle courier Darcy Allan Sheppard which led to the cyclist's death. It's hardly surprising that there's a large community that is very unhappy with the fact that charges were dropped against Bryant. Depending on where you stand on the incident, you could also consider investigating a peaceful protest being planned outside the venue.
Toronto Reference Library, Bluma Appel Salon, Novella Room (789 Yonge Street) 6:30PM
PHOTOGRAPHY | The Grange Prize 2012 Launch Party at the AGO
Tonight, the Art Gallery of Ontario hosts the launch party and exhibition for The Grange Prize 2012. The Grange Prize was established in 2008 as a joint venture of the Art Gallery Of Ontario and Aeroplan, to give recognition to outstanding talent in Canadian and international photography. The Grange Prize is unique in that it engages the public by deciding the winner by a vote. This year the winner will receive $50,000, and each runner-up $5,000. This year's "shortlist" includes Jason Evans and Jo Longhurst, both from the UK, and Canadian photographers Emmanuelle Leonard and Annie Macdonnell. The exhibition of the finalists' works, which you can view this evening, has been curated by Sophie Hackett.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Walker Court (317 Dundas Street West) 6:30PM
MUSIC | Wavelength Music Series presents: Del Bel + Minotaurs + Baby Eagle
Tonight TO's own edgy impressario collective, The Wavelength Music series, presents an interesting and eclectic lineup at The Piston on Bloor Street. Del Bel is a local project headed by Tyler Belluz that began as a studio project, and has developed into a live band with a dark and cinematic sound. Minotaurs is a popular local group, led by Nathan Lawr that has played many local festivals, and has a very danceable sound with a serious Afro-funk vibe going on, as well as other influences. Rounding out the lineup in a curveball fashion is Baby Eagle, with an aggressive sound that hearkens to both a folky tradition, and post-punk energy and sonics.
The Piston (937 Bloor Street West) 9PM
FILM | CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase Gala Opening
The Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre will be the place to catch a reception and screening of director Menelik Shabazz's film, The Story Of Lover's Rock tonight as part of the gala opening of Caribean Tales 2012. This film traces the history of a sub genre of Reggae music that is native to Britain's black population. Considered as "romantic reggae", this style influenced popular bands such as UB40, The Police, and others, while also giving women a voice in reggae music. However, despite its international success, this genre never received adequate recognition in the UK. This documentary features celebrity interviews, and archival footage.
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) 6PM $25
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CORRECTION NOTICE: An earlier version of this post claimed that the Toronto Reference Library was hosting the Michael Bryant book launch, when it is in fact a private Globe and Mail event merely taking place at the library.
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