Radar: November 3, 2009
CONFERENCE | DesignThinkers
The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario hosts the tenth annual DesignThinikers conference over the next two days, bringing together members of the visual communication community from all over the world. The conference focuses on the ways in which design shapes business, society, our planets future, and features keynote speakers from such heavyweights as Ben Blumenfeld, communication design manager at Facebook, Terry O'Reilly of Pirate and Television, and movers and shakers from India, Mexico, the US and the UK. Runs til November 4.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, $100 - $750
MUSIC | Dan Deacon at Sneaky Dee's
East Coast one-man electronic band Dan Deacon is known for his chaotic interactive live shows, and the narrow not-too-big but not-too-small confines of Sneaky Dee's should prove to be a perfect venue for his unique brand of lo-fi pop. In May of this year he threw down at the Deleon White Gallery, and the result was widely regarded as an unforgettable experience. He's the kind of musician who leaves no middle ground - if you like this guy you like him a lot. Better show up early if you want a chance to get in.
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St., $12, 9 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Strong Words
This regular reading series began in 2005 with the mission of bridging the gap between artists and activists, and promoting adult literacy in the city of Toronto. Tonight it features some great writing talent, including two-time Governor General Award nominee Barry Dempster. As always, the reading is pay what you can, and donations of new and used books will be collected on behalf of the Toronto Public Library.
Gladstone Art Bar, 1214 Queen St. W., PWYC, 7:30 pm
COMEDY | Stand-Up Showdown: The Final Showdown
It's been a long time coming. The Stand-Up Showdown Tournament has widdled down the city's comedic talent to seven finalists, who go head to head against each other tonight in a winner-take-all battle. Featuring the talents of Eric Andrews, Peter Anthony, Graham Chittenden, Bob Kerr and more. Hosted by Craig Brown and adjudicated by Mark Forward. That's right, I said adjudicated.
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., 8 pm
MUSIC | Basement Jaxx at the Century Room
The Basement Jaxx became popular in the late 1990s by writing a whole bunch of songs, including "Where's Your Head At", the tune that sold a million Pringles. They've been going strong since then, playing with big names like Robbie Williams, headlining the Glastonbury festival, and doing a whack of remixes on the side. They bring the party to Toronto's Entertainment District tonight.
The Century Room, 580 King St. W., 9 pm
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