Radar: September 11, 2009
MUSIC | Nadja and Picastro Double CD Release Show
Ambient doom duo Nadja and sleepy rockers Picastro are both releasing albums tonight at the Tranzac. Armed with previous endorsements from Exclaim! and Pitchfork, Picastro describe their new record Become Secret as a collection of nocturnes about the collapse of everything you know. Nadja's The Bungled and The Botched is a return to the extreme quiet-loud dynamics of their previous work. Organizers of tonight's show are very prompt, and would like to inform you the bands will go on soon after doors open.
Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave., $10, 8 pm
FESTIVAL | 33rd Annual Cabbagetown Festival
One of the city's most charming neighbourhoods throws a street festival this weekend. Parliament Street will be closed off Saturday and Sunday for concerts, food vendors (roast corn and samosas!) and art dealers and TIFF may have some competition tonight with the Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival at the Winchester Theatre. There's also an Arts and Crafts fair in Riverdale Park, and a parade on Saturday morning.
Tonight: Winchester Theatre, 80 Winchester, 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: Parliament between Wellesley and Gerrard, 10 am to 10 pm
FOOD FESTIVAL | The 25th Annual Vegetarian Food Fair
Harbourfront's Vegetarian Food Fair is considered the largest of its kind in North America. Run by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, the fair provides an opportunity to discover new foods and ideas from vegetarian innovators. With over 100 exhibitors on display and plenty of free samples on offer, you're sure to find something delicious, nutritious, and ethical. Perfect for long-time vegetarians, or for meat-eaters looking to add some variety to their meal routines. Runs all weekend.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen Quay W., Free, 4 pm
PARTY | Shit La Merde vs. Fuck Faces at Wrongbar
Two of Toronto's best parties combine at Wrongbar tonight to bring you meaningless profanity and great music. Shit La Merde and Fuck Faces have been on hiatus of late, but are teaming up to launch a new night on Queen West that they are saying will render obsolete the cookie cutter parties that dominate the rest of the city. Expect high energy electro and metal from Fuck Faces, and club and 80's hits from Shit La Merde. Romo Roto will be playing a live set, and since it's TIFF last call is 4 am! Should be a monster.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W., $5 reduced list, 10 pm
GALLERY| Office as Medium
XPACE is hosting this exhibit that turns the gallery into an life-size office. They've even installed a mouldy carpet and a fax machine. What makes this more interesting than being in an actual office, you ask? Well we're not sure, but they've probably done something clever with the paperclips. Contributing artists include Jenipher Hur, Joshua Bartholomew, Havard Pedersen and Avery Nabata. Runs til October 10.
XSPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Ave., Free, 6 pm
When the Beaver opened up on Queen St. West a couple of years ago, it took the unobservant among us a while to clue in to the double-entendre. Sure the bar's name is paying homage to the national mammal, but more pointedly it's referencing a different sort of pelt. Since the bar opened in 2006, it's been a self-described hang out for art fags, bears, butches and beauties, and tonight the Vile party brings you the best in glam, punk, garage and new wave. It's gonna get hot and messy.
The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W., Free, 11 pm
FILM FESTIVAL | Toronto International Film Festival
It's finally here. Ten days of movies and parties and schmoozing and stars walking the streets. There's plenty to do in the next week and a half, with several bars including the Drake and the Social open til 4 am, local concert venues and galleries throwing unofficial TIFF shows of their own to cash in on the fact that the city's nightlife will be kicked into overdrive. Oh and there are movies too. Most of the hot tickets are already bought up, but you can try your luck by checking the TIFF website. Be sure to check out the Canada First program of domestic films, and the free screening of the People's Choice winning film at the Elgin Theatre on closing night.
Various locations, times and prices
FESTIVAL | Junction Arts Festival
A separate city until 1909, the Junction is the only neighbourhood of Toronto that continued to enforce prohibition throughout the 20th Century, and the sale of alcohol was banned there as late as 2000. That doesn't mean the people who live there are no fun though, and from now until Sunday the neighbourhood will be celebrating its distinct community with music, art, and plenty of food. Highlights include a concert by Jason Collette, 30 street performance groups, a juried art exhibition, and a performance by local world music group Mr. Something Something tonight.
Junction District, Free, 12 pm - 12 am
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