Radar: November 27, 2009
FASHION | American Apparel Rummage Sale
The clothing label that built an empire out of blank t-shirts brings its rummage sale concept to Toronto this weekend. Apparently the AA stores that are sprouting up across the city just can't contain all their merchandise, so for three days a warehouse on King St. will be filled to the rafters with deals. With savings up to 85% and some pieces selling for as low as two bucks, the bargain hunting might get competitive. Be prepared to elbow hipsters with ridiculous haircuts in the face. Runs til Sunday.
590 King St. W., Friday and Saturday 10 am - 9 pm, Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
MUSIC | DJ Champion at the Mod Club
It's been four and half years since Montreal electro icon DJ Champion released his first record Chill Em All. A follow-up was supposed have been released some time ago but reportedly Champion (a.k.a. Maxime Morin) deleted an entire studio recording last year because he felt it was too similar to his previous work. Unspurprisingly when his second record Resistance finally did drop this September, it marked a change of style towards a live-inspired rock and roll feel. He can still get the kids dancing though, as he'll prove at the Mod Club tonight.
Mod Club Theatre, 722 College St., $15 advance, $20 door, 7 pm
COMEDY | Key Party
The Comedy Bar upholds its sterling reputation as Toronto's only 7-nights a week comedy club with the Key Party, a swingers party for improv comics. Comedy couples Bruce Hunter and Natasha Boomer, Ian MacIntyre and Alice Moran, and Wayne Molinski and Shauna Dean Doherty will improvise, swap partners, and enjoy the ensuing free comedy love. Hosted by Paloma Nunez and Kevin Whalen.
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., $10 per person/couple, 10:30 pm
MUSIC | The Arkells at Lee's Palace
Hamilton roots rockers the Arkells are blue collar to the bone. Themes the Steeltown foursome explore on their debut record Jackson Square include grinding out deadlines in a factory job, the naivety of middle class university kids who call themselves socialists, and generally working for the man. Their recent success has, however, earned them a reprieve from wage slavery any time soon. They're spending the next few years onstage, not on the assembly line. They play the first of two back to back shows at Lee's tonight.
Lee's Palace, $15, 9 pm
PERFORMANCE | Sea Change
Sea Change is a quarterly event hosted by contemporary theatre company Theatre Caravel that brings together artists from different mediums to share new creations. This month's edition features Afrakaren Nile doing spoken word, fresh voice from the world of theatre Haley McGee reading a new play and a mask performance by Rob Faust. If that doesn't whet your appetite homebaked snacks are included in the price of admission.
Cinecycle, behind 129 Spadina Ave., $7, 8 pm
MUSIC | Carole Pope at Buddies in Bad Times
Singer-songwriter Carole Pope has a very impressive resume. One of Canada's first openly gay female singers, she fronted the 1970s-80s new wave band Rough Trade clad in bondage attire and leather, won three Juno Awards in a row from 1981-83 and has four gold and two platinum records to her credit. Pope has clearly earned her place in Canadian music history, and is on the verge of continuing her legacy with a new solo record. She comes to Toronto tonight to perform with velvet-voiced chanteuse Lily Frost.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., $25, 8 pm
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