Radar: September 17, 2009
GALLERY | Crawling Tecumseth: tĹ-come-sÄ
This high-class art crawl hits up four galleries along Tecumseth Street on the West Side of Town, starting at the Susan Hobbs Gallery and moving on to the Georgia Scherman Projects, Birch Libralato, and ending with a fancy soiree at the Diaz Contemporary. Ticket price includes gallery admission and cocktails, and all proceeds go to the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum, which will go to fund free admission for children to the Jerusalem institution.
Susan Hobbs Gallery, 137 Tecumseth St., $45, 8:30 pm
FOOD AND DRINK | Taste Ontario
Wine country comes to the AGO tonight with Taste Ontario. The province's finest vintners are bringing their 2007 vintages to the gallery for a sample tasting, and by all accounts so far it was a very good year. Winemakers from Tawse, Stratus, Hidden Beach, and others will be there, and you'll also have a chance to buy some exclusive bottles. Hors d'oeuvres made from fresh local ingredients will be served, making for a nice little soiree in the beautiful gallery space.
AGO, 317 Dundas St. W., $45, 6:30 pm
DANCE | Canada Pro 2009 North American Bboy Championship
Part of the Manifesto festival, the Bboy Championship pits the country's best hip hop dancers against one another for a chance to win $5,000 and something called the Canada Pro Cup. Featuring head to head bboy and bgirl battles as well as special performances of several different styles of dance, this will be a impressive collection of Canada's best dancing talent. For those who want a shot at the Canada Pro Cup next year, Manifesto will also be hosting dancing workshops over the weekend.
The Sound Academy, 11 Polson St., $15 advance, $20 at the door, 8 pm
TIFF | Outdoor TIFF at Yonge and Dundas Square
U2's been in town the last two days playing the Rogers Centre, but let's face it who's got the $252 for the ticket price? It's only going to fund Bono's latest orphanage in Tuvalu or wherever anyway. You can see U2 in concert for free (albeit on film) at Yonge and Dundas Square, where as part of TIFF's concert series there will be a screening of the 1988 movie Rattle and Hum. It documents an awkward period for the band, just after they released the record that made them world-famous. Rattle and Hum follows them on a soul-searching US tour, which involved them wearing a lot of silly hats and pretending to be cowboys.
Yonge and Dundas Square, Free, 12 pm
MUSIC | 4TH Annual Patsy Cline Birthday Show Spectacular
Many of us heard Patsy Cline for the first time when we were kids, when our moms would blast "I Go Walking After Midnight" from the car stereo while ferrying us to school. That beautiful voice, those heartbreaking songs... we were hooked, and with good reason. Tonight some great Toronto musicians come together to celebrate Cline's wonderful music by singing the songs of the country queen, and no doubt the likes of Cam Giroux (By Divine Right), Steve Briggs, Dennis Pendrith, James Gray, and Lori Yates will do her justice.
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., $12, 8:30 pm
MUSIC | RanchaPalooza
Just when you thought your awkward teenage years were over, they're back. In the city's latest 90s revival event, local bands will be recreating the music of Lollapalooza's heyday of fifteen years ago. Recordbreaker, the Protozoans, and some musical friends will be covering the likes of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, etc. Let's hope they play Jeremy! Love that song.
Rancho Relaxo, 300 College St., $7, 9 pm
MUSIC | Julie Fader/Brian Borcherdt/Jose Miguel Contreras at Criminal Records
Some indie heavyweights come together for an in-store performance at Crimical Records tonight. Multi-instrumentalist Julie Fader has been a member of Sarah Harmer's backing band and is currently a part of Great Lake Swimmers, while Brian Borcherdt is well known to fans of Holy Fuck and By Divine Right. Jose Miguel Contreras is also a member of By Divine Right, and has lately made a name for himself as producer of Meligrove Band and Lily Frost. Not sure exactly what they're promoting tonight but it will definitely sound good.
Criminal Records, 493 Queen St. W., Free, 6 pm
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