Deadmau5 to host cat film festival

TIFF's Just for Cats Festival is back next week, and who better to this year's special guest (not exactly host, purr se) than the Torontonian who named his car the Purrari. If you've been too busy playing with a laser pointer and a ball of fluff to keep abreast of Toronto cat events, Just for Cats, co-presented by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) and Temptations, is a Canadian film fest for the best of international cat videos. Thankfully there is no festival devoted to Deadmau5 videos. Yet.

You've had thousand times to rub shoulders with the 'mau5, so the real question is: will there be cats? Yes. A pre-show red carpet adopt-a-thon will take place before each screening, meaning the TIFF atrium will fill with lovable, pet-able, Instagram-able, ready-to-adopt kitties. The cinema itself will be cat-free for the screenings, but we'll see if Meowingtons obeys*.

Deadmau5 seems a safe choice for this year's event: at 2014's Just for Cats, Lauren Harper (who apart from being shacked up with Stephen Harper, loves cats, apparently) was interrupted on stage by protestor Hailey King, asking why a charity event for cats was more important than addressing missing and murdered indigenous women. Neither Harper has addressed this question appropriately since.

*Correction: we've been informed Meowingtons will not be at the Just for Cats Festival. No word on if he declined an invitation due to other commitments (bird at the window) or was just not invited at all. Our apologies to any Meowingtons fans.

Toronto's Just for Cats 2015 is Friday, April 17 with screenings at 7pm and 9:15pm. Cats will be on the red carpet from 6-7pm and 8:15-8:45pm. Ticket proceeds will benefit cat welfare by supporting animal shelters throughout Canada as well as benefit cultural and educational programming at TIFF.


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