Open Roof Festival Toronto

Radar: Open Roof Festival, Mos Def, Drunk Feminist Films, VICE Photo Shows 2013

Toronto events on Thursday, July 18, 2013

FILM | Open Roof Festival
Molly Maxwell, Sara St. Onge's indie film about an average girl with a not-so-average life screens at Open Roof Festival tonight. If you've yet to discover this mini-festival, which began in the Amsterdam parking lot as an outdoor movie night and has evolved into a Thursday evening summer standby, trust us and go. St. Onge's film, shot entirely in Toronto, is one of those rare coming-of-age stories in which a 16-year-old female has agency--even if it is exercised in her relationship with her teacher. Food by Tita Flips and Saucy Pierogi will be available and songwriter Bryce Jardine hits the stage at 8PM.
The Moonview Lot (175 Queens Quay East) 7:30PM $15

MUSIC | Mos Def
Mos Def, who has been performing under the moniker Yasiin Bey for the last few years, plays Phoenix Concert Theatre in a yet-to-be-sold-out show tonight. Having released four solo albums, Mos Def will play his music of the '90s, an era in which he was one of the top critically-acclaimed underground hip hop artists. Though he hasn't released an album since 2009's The Ecstatic due to his burgeoning acting career, there's a lot of material from his Black Star days (if he goes there without Talib Kweli). 8 local talents will open the show. Tickets are available through Ticketweb, Soundscapes, Rotate This and Play De Record.
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street) 7:30PM $52.50

FILM | Drunk Feminist Films: Mean Girls Viewing Party
Inebriated feminists critiquing/debating/laughing at films is the premise behind Drunk Feminist Films and this week, the ladies get their bro on while watching Mean Girls. Comments about Lindsay Lohan aside, the viewing party will include a feminist drinking game to accompany the film and a discussion after the screening that will include a breakdown of gender dynamics in film and pop culture. Bring your own booze to the Academy of the Impossible headquarters, where the screening takes place.
Academy of the Impossible (231 Wallace Avenue) 7PM Free

MUSIC | Christie Splits with Brendan Canning
Brendan Canning returns to Northwood tonight to DJ Christie Splits. Basically, this night is just going to be a mish-mash of music from the 60s through to the 90s, all hand-picked the Broken Social Scene co-founder. There's no cover but there is food and drinks and Destiny's Child will be played. This is a 19+ event.
Northwood (815 Bloor Street West) 10PM Free

PHOTOGRAPHY | VICE Photo Shows 2013
Tonight is your chance to experience the art and design haven that is 442 Dufferin. With the opening of VICE Photo Shows, the magazine hosts their annual photography exhibit to coincide with the launch of the free VICE photo issue. Eventgoers are invited into the Brockton Collective for a drink and a free copy of the magazine, with several of the publication's selected works appearing in the exhibit. Participating artists include Richard Kern, Kim Gordon, Roe Etheridge, Ryan McGinley, Ben Pier and Peter Sutherland, all of whom are working within this year's theme of Collaborations. RSVP through VICE's site and if you can't make it tonight, try to hit up the Montreal and Vancouver shows on 25th and 31st, respectively. (But try to make it because this is where everyone will be tonight.)
Brockton Collective Inc (442a Dufferin Street) 7PM Free

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