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6 Toronto events to get you ready for the US election

The US election has been our favourite reality show of 2016. What a cast! What writing! So much drama and so many twists! To help prepare for the finale on November 8, here are some events that'll give you some insight into the past few years of activity.

Citizen Koch (Oct. 24, Hot Docs Cinema)
This doc "exposes the incredible and terrifying influence of big money from right wing sources on America's elections." There's a post-screening Q&A with Alison Smith, former CBC Washington correspondent. It starts at 6 p.m.

Populism and discontent (October 26, Hart House Music Rom)
The UofT International Relations Society and the Hart House debate committee present this US elections panel led by former New York congressman John LeFalce. It's free to attend and it starts at 7 p.m.

Curated: Brendan Canning on All The President's Men (November 3, Revue Cinema)
The inaugural edition of Curated kicks off with Brendan Canning's favourite movie selection, which is 1976's All The President's Men. With special guest Norm Wilner of NOW Magazine, this should be a really interesting night of conversation around a movie that is still as relevant as ever. It all starts at 6:45p.m.

Pre-Election Party (November 3, Brookfield Place)
This is a party for Toronto expats to meet for a night of mixing and mingling and discussion with snacks, DJs and activities like a poll to see who would win if everyone voted then and there. The event is free, you just need to register before heading to the Marche Mรถvenpick for 6:30p.m.

The Special Relationship (Nov. 4, Hot Docs Cinema)
Allison Smith leads a discussion with Tim Harper, former Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star. They'll discuss what's at stake for us depending on who wins the election. We are their closest neighbour after all.

Election 2016: Political Advertizement IX IX 1952 - 2016 (November 6, Hot Docs Cinema)
This fascinating anthology of American campaign ads documents the selling of the American presidency since the 1950s. Media artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese trace the development of the TV spot as political strategy and manipulative marketing technique from Eisenhower in 1956 through Clinton, Bush, Obama and up to the insanity of 2016. 4p.m.

Bonus: there's still a chance for Torontonians to vote on this election, it's just through means of buying pizza. Not a bad compromise.

Did I miss a pre-election event you plan on attending? Let us know in the comments.

Photo from the Hot Docs elections events page.


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