Radar: September 15, 2009
MUSIC | Rock Plaza Central and Winter Gloves
Rock Plaza Central has been a project of author/musician Chris Eaton for several years, but it wasn't until 2007 that some glowing reviews from Pitchfork propelled RPC into the limelight. On the strength of that year's Are We Not Horses, an equine concept album, the folk/rock beast signed to Paper Bag and released At the Moment of Our Most Needing earlier this year. Label mates Winter Gloves are no slouches either, and the Montreal band has been hailed for mastering the 3-minute pop song.
Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., $7, 9 pm
FUNDRAISER | VEG: A Party for PETA
Tryst hosts this fundraiser for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tonight, which features vegan hors d'oeuvres and a Smashbox Cosmetics truck parked outside giving touch ups to party goers all night long using cruelty-free make-up. Hosted by MuchMusic hottie Sarah Taylor, the event also features a fashion show of bikinis made out of nothing but lettuce. Just don't show up in leather or fur.
Tryst, 82 Peter St., Donations, 9 pm
COMMUNITY | Yes In My Backyard
Considering the impending devastation caused by global warming, rising oceans, and the latest George Clooney movie , we're all going to have to fend for ourselves soon. Thankfully, the Stop Community Food Centre is here to help. They're coordinating a program in which people who want to grow their own food but don't have backyards can be hooked up with homeowners who have yard space to spare. The program is targeting the neighbourhood around St. Clair and Christie, and tonight's meeting presents an opportunity for brainstorming and a chance to meet potential "garden matches." Cross-pollination has never been so sexy.
The Green Barn, 601 Christie St., Free, 7 pm
MUSIC | Snoop Dogg at Circa
Snoop Dogg is playing a show at Circa tonight, no joke! Is it just us, or does this seem weird? Snoop D-O-double-G is one of those people who's so larger than life you can't believe he actually exists on the same planet as we do, let alone at the corner of John and Richmond. Next we'll be finding Robert Duvall playing with goats in the front yard of a Toronto mansion. I guess we shouldn't be too surprised Snoop's popping up in unexpected places, he was on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire the other day. PS: Is Snoop's Sensual Seduction the best music video of all time?
Circa, 126 John St., $20, 10 pm
PERFORMANCE | Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik Open House
Toronto's Opera Atelier and Tafelmusik are two unique institutions. They both specialize in period music from the 17th and 18th Centuries, which mean they use authentic instruments from the three centuries ago and expertly create performances that would have been appreciated in ages past. But they're also dedicated to keeping things interesting for us modern citizens, and their innovative touring performances have made them famous around the world. They host a free open house tonight, a preview of their upcoming season.
St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. E., Free, 6:30 pm
PARTY | MSTRKRFT at Timebomb Tuesdays
Death From Above 1979 disbanded in 2006, but neither musician that made up the duo is likely regretting it. Sebastian Grainger has gone on to a successful solo career, and along with producer Al-P, Jesse Keeler founded MSTRKRFT, an electronic rock outfit that was nominated for a Best Remix Grammy for their treatment of Wolfmother's "Woman." Keeler and Al-P bring the noise to Tattoo Rock Parlour tonight for TIFF edition of Timebomb Tuesdays.
Tattoo Rock Parlour, 567 Queen St. W., $15, 10 pm
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