Radar: Yellow Dubmarine, 360 Screenings, Umphrey's McGee with Bright Light Social Hour, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalists
MUSIC | Yellow Dubmarine + Atom & The Volumes at The Horseshoe
While playing covers can carry a certain stigma in some circles, it is a universal musical truth that playing Beatles' material definitely requires a degree of courage. Not only does the Washington DC-based Yellow Dubmarine do just that, but they have made it their specialty, and have put their own twist on the affair, by combining the Fab Four's music with reggae and Dub, plus some Funk and Rocksteady thrown in for good measure. The result is a whole new perspective on some important music you might think you know inside-out. Yellow Dubmarine is currently playing Abbey Road in its entirety on this tour, but the Horseshoe Tavern would strongly prefer that you refrain from entering the venue through the bathroom window, please. Local rockers Atom and the Volumes will get the party started on the right note.
Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) 8:30PM $15
FILM | 360 Screenings - Halloween Event
A special Halloween event presented by 360 Screenings. These guys have come up with a genuinely original screening concept, in that the film to be shown at their events is not disclosed - it is kept secret, and only the rating of the film is revealed. See what we wrote about their September event here.
The Berkeley Church 7PM $60/$40 students
MUSIC | Umphrey's McGee with Bright Light Social Hour at the Danforth Music Hall
Umphrey's McGee hit town tonight, and these guys are true road warriors, out at least half the year playing shows all over North America and beyond. While UM is typically associated with the "jamband" scene, and has been since early on, their influences are surprisingly diverse, and they have developed a system of improvisation using hand signals and other modes of communication that actually owes more to John Zorn than Jerry Garcia. In the end the association may not be entirely off the mark, but it does ensure that Umphrey's McGee is able to satisfy lovers of live music consistently, and make this a priority. Austin's The Bright Light Social Hour open the show.
The Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue) 7PM $31
BOOKS & LIT | Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize finalists reading at the International Festival of Authors
The Writers' Trust Award is one of the biggest literary awards events in Canada. Established in 1997 as a joint effort of Rogers Communications and the Writers' Trust of Canada, this prestigious award is presented to honour the year's best work of fiction, with each finalist also receiving a smaller prize, as well. Tonight finalists Tim Bowling, Tamas Dobozy, Rawi Hage, Alix Ohlin, and Linda Spalding will be in attendance, and sharing some of their work. Author Trevor Cole will host.
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) 8PM $18
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR RADAR
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