Radar: October 30, 2009
BOOKS AND LIT | This Book Is Broken - Broken Social Scene at the IFOA
No Toronto band has been more influential in the last decade than Broken Social Scene, and arguably few journalists have shaped the city's music scene more than veteran writers Ben Rayner and Stuart Berman. BSS main men Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning join the two scribes on stage to discuss This Book is Broken, Berman's biography/photo book documenting the band's rise to the top of the indie heap. The licensed event also features a performance by Broken Social Scenester Jason Collett.
Harbourfront Centre Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queen's Quay W., $15, 10 pm
BIKE RIDE | Critical Mass: Halloween Ride
The cycle enthusiasts at Critical Mass stage a Halloween edition of their weekly ride tonight. It's the same drill as usual, with cyclists meeting at Bloor and Spadina to ride through the city streets en masse, demonstrating to (usually frustrated) motorists that bicycles have the same rights to the road as any car. This time though, riders are encouraged to wear costumes (as long as they don't inhibit your ability to ride safely, of course). Should be quite a spectacle.
Bloor and Spadina, Free, 6 pm
PARTY | Grand Halloween: Devil's Night Edition
By far the biggest party going down tonight is at the Liberty Grand at the CNE. Last year's inaugural Grand Halloween had 4500 partiers, and organizers are boasting that this year's will be even bigger. With three rooms and over 25 djs and artists pounding out the beats, this is your best bet if you're looking for an all out night club-style bash. Prizes will be awarded for funniest, most original, and sexiest costumes.
Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Rd., $40 and up, 9 pm
MUSIC | Fucked Up Weekend
The Fucked Up Weekend festival hits its stride tonight with two shows featuring some very loud and very talented bands. Montreal's Red Mass headline a show at Sneaky Dee's that will also see Teen Anger, the Bang Bangs, and Primitive Hands take the stage. New York thrash metal legends the Cro-Mags share a bill with Fucked Up, Canada's only hardcore band fronted by a Fox News commentator. And the rock doesn't stop there; there's also an after party at Rancho Relaxo.
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St., $8, 9 pm
The Kathedral, 651 Queen St. W., $22.50, 7 pm
PARTY | Double Double Land Opening Party
The vibrant Kensington Market neighbourhood gets another art space/concert venue/drinking hole tonight with the opening of Double Double Land. The good folks behind the new joint promise cheap drinks and a weekly DJ night bringing you danceable music from across space and time. The opening party tonight features the debut of Blues, a new band made up of members of the Creeping Nobodies, No Dynamics, and Huckleberry Friends.
Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Avenue, $5 10 pm
FILM | Zombie Short Film Festival
I'm so happy Halloween is this weekend so I can finally stop writing about zombie events. Everyone else seems to love them though, so here's another one. The Zombie Short Film Festival will feature ten short zombie-themed films from around the zombie world. This is a juried festival, and the winning zombie movie will win 500 zombie dollars and the Zomb D'Or. Make sure to get your zombie ass to the zombie theatre on zombie time. Brrrainnnnss, etc.
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., $15, 9:30 pm
FILM | Rocky Horror Halloween
The Bloor Cinema pops the cork a night early on this beloved Halloween tradition, so lace up your leather bodice, put on your platform boots and get ready to vamp. This screening of the original "midnight movie" is at 8:30 pm, so it's a good chance for people who haven't seen the show ("virgins", as they're known to Rocky followers) to pop their RHPS cherry without being overwhelmed by the die-hards. A lot of wacky stuff happens both on screen and in the audience, so organizers recommend you acquaint yourself with the etiquette beforehand.
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., $15, 8:30 pm
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