Radar: Graydon James & Laura Spink, Damien Hirst, Woody Allen, Fleurus 2, Canada Reads, Rock Star Live
MUSIC | Graydon James & Laura Spink: Mondays in February at the Cameron House
Graydon James and Laura Spink are two members of Toronto's popular folk-tinged group Graydon James And The Young Novelists, known for cleverly written tunes and a fondness for tea. For three consecutive Mondays, this pair will be occupying the front room at The Cameron House and warming up for an upcoming east coast tour. They will be giving the material on the group's In The Year You Were Born album a workout, and possibly throwing in some covers, also. Each week there will be some special guests. Tonight they will be joined by Shawna Caspi, who will surely win everyone over with her guitar, vocal and songwriting chops.
Cameron House (408 Queen Street West) 10PM
LECTURE | The Best and Worst of Damien Hirst
Dr. Elizabeth Legge from the University of Toronto delivers a lecture of the life and career of British artist, Damien Hirst. Hirst came to prominence in the '90s as the UK movement known as the YBA (Young British Artists) reached its apex, with this artist in the movement's forefront. With work focused on issues of death and mortality, Hirst's groundbreaking piece, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living put both his name, and contemporary British Art on the worldwide radar. Hirst's story has another interesting dimension, as he is also an entrepreneur, and the richest living artist in Britain today. This lecture is one hour, and registration is required.
Bloor/Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor Street West) 7PM
FILM | Woody Allen Past + Present
Kevin Courier's lecture series on Woody Allen concludes this evening at the Miles Nadal JCC. This five-week intensive is a complete survey of Allen's work, arranged into modules that make dropping in for individual lectures ideal. This final installment, dubbed The Long Road Home, focuses on Allen's later films, from Husbands and Wives to Midnight in Paris, examining the works themselves, but also the cultural and historical context in which they were released and received. Come and enjoy and evening out, and expand your knowledge of cinema at the same time.
Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue) 7PM $12
MUSIC | A Silent Film w/ Gold Fields
UK rockers, A Silent Film hit town tonight, for a show with Gold Fields at The Drake Hotel. Although this post-alternative rock band is from Oxford, England, they claim to have "found themselves" when they arrived in the US in 2010. They have toured with The Smashing Pumpkins, Sleigh Bells and others, and are currently touring their Sand And Snow album, released last Summer. Gold Fields, a band from Ballarat, Australia, have a new album that they're currently working, called Black Sun. They are A Silent Film's road mates for this tour, and will get the party started tonight.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 8PM $15
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