Radar: Boy at The Great Hall, #JunkFood and #SilverLinings, Pinballpalooza, CBC Open House
Toronto events on Thursday, May 16, 2013
MUSIC | Boy
The Swiss-German pop duo Boy embarked on their first North American tour this past March and are wrapping up this week. The second last stop on the tour is The Great Hall, where Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass will perform music from their 2011 debut album Mutual Friends. Performing their song "Little Numbers" and the new single "This is the Beginning", the German indie folk artists will be a popular destination for the Queen West crowd tonight. Tickets are still available through Collective Concerts' Facebook page.
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) 9PM $17.50
ART | #JunkFood and #SilverLinings
The minds behind #Hashtag Gallery combine their powers of artistic thinking for a joint show opening in the space tonight. Johnny Hollick's #JunkFood examines disposable art that is meant to be consumed and shared, often making use of pop culture references. Graeme Luey's #SilverLinings, on the other hand, uses print-screened abstract pieces to examine the meaning of art and how interpretations come to be. The opening reception takes place at the gallery tonight with the show running until May 29th.
#Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas Street West) 7PM Free
GAMES | Pinballpalooza
Want to set a Guinness World Record? 100 pinball machines are being shipped in to First Canadian Place this morning to attempt to set a record for "Most people playing pinball." Play pinball for free—whether you're a champ or a beginner—and be a part of (slightly insignificant but nevertheless fun) history. The event promotes the opening of Tommy at the Stratford Festival, so it will include performances by the cast of the musical throughout the day. Pinballs will be free game until 6PM.
First Canadian Place (100 King Street West) 9AM Free
CULTURE | CBC Toronto Open House featuring "The Canada Lives Here Experience"
An open house event where Torontonians will have a chance to see Canadian culture through the CBC lens opens at the CBC Broadcasting offices on Front Street this morning. "The Canada Lives Here Experience" will feature free public tours of the broadcasting centre, with activities and events that include panel discussions with CBC personalities and a screening of Canada Lives Here, a film that documents how the CBC connects with Canadians. Five halls of fame will also be available for touring, providing the history behind CBC music, sports, entertainment, news and conversation. An incredible museum that pays tribute to local and national history, CBC Toronto's Open House closes its doors on May 19th.
CBC Broadcasting Centre (250 Front Street West) 11:30AM Free
FILM | Killer Portraits: Iconography of the Horror Film Poster
Film posters: marketing for the sake of selling a film or marketing for the sake of art? The Black Museum's incredible horror film lecture series continues tonight at Big Picture Cinema with an examination of the role of horror film posters. Lecturer Andrea Butler will examine the iconography of horror film posters in Killer Portraits, citing films like Frankenstein, Psycho and Carrie and poster artists like Ken Taylor, Jason Edmiston and Olly Moss while discussing how the independent film movement has changed the poster from marketing tool to art piece just as classic film artworks are now collectibles. Tickets for the event are available in advance through The Black Museum's website and will also be available at the door.
Big Picture Cinema (1035 Gerrard Street East) 8PM $12 advance $15 door
ALSO OF NOTE:
- Toronto Botanical Garden Organic Farmers' Market
- Big Art Book 2013 Launch Party
- The Modern Metropolis
- Lawrence Hill and Carol Duncan on Race, Censorship, and Free Speech
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Photo courtesy of #Hashtag Gallery.