Radar: Gogol Bordello, Blue Coffee, O'er the Land, Elvis Monday
Toronto events on August 19th, 2013
MUSIC | Gogol Bordello @ The Danforth Music Hall
Gogol Bordello hits town tonight for the first of two consecutive nights at the Danforth Music Hall. This popular band, whose sound has been described as "Gypsy punk", combines the sound and instrumentation of Romani music with the aggressiveness and sounds of punk rock, to deliver an amazing and energetic musical combination that has a reputation for being awesome live. The band, led by frontman Eugene Hütz, has appeared in films, and contributed music to different advertising campaigns. Gogo Bordello just released a new 12-song album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, so you can expect to hear some new material tonight.
The Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue) 7PM $35 - $55
BOOKS & LIT | Blue Coffee Poetry/Fiction Reading
Blue Coffee is a reading series that presents both Toronto fiction writers, and poets, sharing their work live in front of an audience. Tonight, four readers will deliver the literary goods: Julie Cameron a Toronto-based poet, originally from Sudbury; Nathaniel J. Moore, a TO writer of fiction and prose whose new book, Savage 1986-2011 will soon be published by Anvil Press; Denise St. Marie, a TO poet whose work is strongly influenced by her own visual art practice; and finally, Nik Beat, a veteran Toronto poet who also hosts a spoken word program called 'Howl' on CIUT 89.5 FM. Come out and support TO literary talent!
Magpie Taproom (831 Dundas Street West) 7:30PM pwyc
FILM | Early Monthly Segments #54 = Deborah Stratman
Early Monthly Segments, TO's favourite monthly film series specializing in modern and vintage experimental films, returns tonight for the August edition. Tonight's screening will focus on a single film, Deborah Stratman's 2009 film, O'er the Land. This film is an expression of the filmmaker's feelings about her homeland and nation: the United States of America. Stratman uses a soldier's 48,000-foot free fall towards earth after being forced to eject from his craft during a 1959 test flight as a symbol of the US' continued descent into self-destruction via its obsession with war. O'er the Land delivers a complicated view of a great nation. A short film, to be announced will also be screened this evening.
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) 8PM pwyc ($5 - $10 suggested)
MUSIC | Elvis Monday
TO's longest running weekly underground rock showcase carries on this evening at The Drake Hotel Underground. Yes, I've gone on about this TO institution before, a musical mainstay that has hosted early performances by Peaches, By Divine Right, Beck, and others, but it bears repeating. This is an event that often brings an audience out by its reputation for solid lineups, and no cover. Tonight, the tradition carries on, and Elvis Monday hosts a lineup of Mazola, The Vare, Rotzig, Greasy G, and more.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 9PM