Radar: October 1, 2009

Photo: "For Your Eyes Only" by Metrix X, member of the blogTO Flickr Pool.

Events on Toronto's Radar for THURSDAY OCTOBER 1, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

ART INSTALLATION | Reena Katz: each hand as they are called
This outdoor installation by young visual and sonic artist Reena Katz was supposed to begin in June 2009, but revelations about Katz's political affiliations led the Koffler Centre to disown the project. Katz sought and found new sources of support, and launches her eclectic installation in Kengsington Market today. The work explores several themes including the Jewish origins of Kensington and the contemporary tensions caused by urbanization using sporadic live and recorded Yiddish duets, a scaffold-like temporary dwelling, and daily sunset performances Katz calls "gestures." Not quite sure what the final product will look like, but it's sure to attract plenty of passersby. Runs til October 25.
Kensington Market, Nassau and Augusta, Free

MUSIC | Matt and Kim at the Reverb
Judging from their over-capacity show at this year's NXNE, Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim have a solid following in this city. Not surprising considering the band's gained fans all over the world with their intimate brand of pop tunes. Known for their energetic shows, Matt and Kim should get the Reverb pumping tonight with songs from their latest album Grand. After years of seeming to be little more than a staging ground for less-than-mediocre battles of the bands, the old Queen St. venue has hosted some pretty good shows of late.
The Reverb, 651 Queen St. W., $13.50, 9 pm

SPORTS | Smirnoff Ice Celebrates the Toronto Maple Leafs 2009-2010 Season
After four years of dismal performances, the Leafs hopefully begin a new era tonight when they play the opening game of the season against their arch-rivals the Canadiens. This is gonna be our year right? Err, let's talk July. It's likely going to be another stressful season for long-suffering Leafs fans, but they can work off some of that anxiety today with a Leafs-themed event in Dundas Square. There will be a hockey skills competition for fans with the winner getting a pair of tickets to the game tonight. After the competition there will be a live outdoor broadcast of the game.
Yonge-Dundas Square, Free, 11:30 am - 6 pm

MUSIC | Bruce Peninsula w/ The Sunparlour Players and Rah Rah
The Horseshoe Tavern presents a great bill of Canadian talent tonight. Bruce Peninsula is a hooting and hollering Toronto band who push the limits of folk music with catchy sing along tunes performed by a revolving membership of musicians that means you're never quite sure how many people are going to be part of the commotion onstage. The Sunparlour Players by comparison are positively pared down, using just a banjo, a guitar, and drums to craft Neil Youngesque songs with uber-Canadian titles like Point Pelee Is the Place to Be. Openers Rah Rah have been called Saskatchewan's best band (for what it's worth).
The Horseshoe Tavern, 368 Queen St. W., $10, 9 pm

LECTURE | Mark Kingwell on Glenn Gould
A generation of U of T students know Mark Kingwell as the dreamy prof who stole their hearts on the first day of Philosophy 101. He's also one of the country's leading thinkers, who's written dozens of books on philosophy and architecture and is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine. Tonight he presents a lecture on Glenn Gould which examines the pianist's personal viewpoint on music, and the complex relationship between recording and live performance, repetition and improvisation.
Harbourfront Centre, Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West, $6, 7 pm

FUNDRAISER | Pink Bedroom Party
Pajamas are so cozy. If only it were socially acceptable we'd wear them all the time. Til then we'll have to settle for the periodic Pink Bedroom Parties. The idea is get a bunch of people dolled up in their spiffiest bedroom suits, charge them 50 bucks a pop, give them a whole bunch of drinks and food, and give all the money to cancer research. It's sexy, fashionable, and all for a good cause. With drinks and dancing all night, as well as silent and live auctions, the Pink Bedroom Parties are looking to raise $100,000 for Princess Margaret Hospital and the SickKids foundation this year.
Berkeley Church, 315 Queen St. E., $50 Advance/$60 at the door, 9 pm

JOURNALISM | Where You Lede - Sports Edition
There's no journalism program at Toronto's most storied undergrad university, so the folks at the Varsity newspaper have taken it upon themselves to help out U of T's aspiring journos with a series of educational evenings called Where You Lede (that's not a misspelling, the name is a pun on a journalistic term and trust us - it's hilarious). Tonight they welcome National Post sports writer Sean Fitz-Gerald for a Q&A on how you can break in to the field of sports journalism.
Varsity Offices, 21 Sussex Ave., 2nd Floor, Free, 7 pm

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