Radar: September 25, 2009
FASHION | The Clothing Show
The Clothing Show has been a fall fashion staple in Toronto for over thirty years. In fact, they sell vintage clothes so it's possible they've just been putting out the same stuff since 1979. The show highlights independent designers, giving them a chance to sell their goods directly to the public. Over 300 vendors will be participating this year, guaranteeing you'll find what you're looking for whether it's quirky and kooky or current and chic. There's also runway shows, a gallery of local visual artists, an Eco clothing section and the Century of Fashion Competition, in which collectors will bring out their best vintage pieces to recreate the styles of each decade of the 20th century. Runs til Sunday.
Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, 195 Princes Blvd., $10, 3 pm - 9 pm
MUSIC | Grand Opening of Koerner Hall
Following makeovers at the ROM and AGO, the Royal Conservatory of Music building is the latest cultural landmark in our city to get a much-needed facelift. Aside from renovating the facade of its heritage building headquarters, the RCM has added a world-class performance venue. The interior of Koerner Hall was designed to be both functional and visually appealing, and features a strikingly beautiful wooden "veil" suspended over the audience. The RCM has chosen the birthday of Glen Gould, its most famous student, for the date of its inaugural concert, which will feature the Artists of the Royal Conservatory and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Reportedly a handful of seats are still available, but it'll cost ya.
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., $100 and up, 8:30 pm
FILM | They Shoot Music Videos, Don't They
Scott Cudmore is a talented photographer and film maker who has worked with some great Canadian bands including the Wooden Sky, Timber Timbre, and the Great Lake Swimmers. He also shoots the fantastic Aux.TV series which features new and emerging music. It's no surprise that some one who's so good at making music videos would like more people to appreciate the medium, and Cudmore's second installment of TSMVDT will be screening recent works that exemplify why the music video should be valued as the unique art form it is. Includes work by Patrick Watson and the Exploding Motor Car.
107 Shaw Gallery, Queen and Shaw, Free, 7 pm
FILM | Canadian Black Film Festival
The first ever Canadian Black Film Festival seeks to give a platform to film makers in the African diaspora who make movies focusing on the diverse experience of black people from many different walks of life. With over twenty films being screened over three days, the CBFF presents a wide array of shorts and features from Canada, the US, Nigeria, Ghana and elsewhere. The opening night double bill consists of the Tenant, which tells the story of a soon-to-be deported immigrant who strikes a life-altering deal with his landlord, and the Black Candle, a documentary on the cultural importance of Kwanzaa narrated by poet Maya Angelou. Runs til Sunday.
George Vari Building, Ryerson University, 246 Church St., $10, 6:30 pm
MUSIC | The Balconies w/Oh No Forest Fires at Lee's Palace
Remember those glow in the dark stickers of crescent moons and shooting stars that you used to put on your ceiling when you were a kid? Ottawa trio the Balconies used those as the cover for their album, which right away makes them kind of likable. Their self-titled debut full length is getting some good reviews, with attention being paid to the fact that it's an album best listened to front to back, a rarity in the age of the mashup and the Ipod. The band brings their high-energy power pop to Lee's tonight, with support from locals Oh No Forest Fires.
Lee's Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., 9:30, $7
PARTY | Goin' Steady
One of the city's favourite dance parties rolls back the decades tonight with some old fashioned beat music from the 1950s and '60s. Better brush up on your old school dance moves. You do know how to do the Loop-de-Loop, don't you? How about the Bird? Well you can always play it safe and stick to the Monkey. There's just something about music from that era that can get a crowd shakin' in a joyful, good-natured way. Goin' Steady's just some good ole fashioned fun, and we really, really, really hope tonight ends up looking something like this.
Gladstone Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W., $10, 10 pm
FILM | Pomegranate Film Festival
In Atom Egoyan's 2002 film Ararat, a fictional Armenian character carries pomegranate seeds with him to remind him of the only food his mother had to eat when times were hard. The Pomegranate Film Festival takes the same fruit as its inspiration in bringing Torontonians stories of Armenia, a country many of us know little about. Of the nearly 30 films being screened over the next three days, some deal both directly and indirectly with the genocide Armenians suffered during the First World War, but many show us a side of the tiny nation seldom publicized; a country that is looking forward to find its place in the modern world just as much as it is looking backwards to its past. Runs til Sunday.
Hamazkayin Theatre, 50 Hallcrown Place, $10 and up, First film 3:45 pm today
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