Radar: November 4, 2009
FILM | 7th Annual Regent Park Film Festival
The words "Regent Park" conjure up a lot of images in the minds of Torontonians, not many of them positive. But what Canada's oldest and most infamous housing project does have going for it is the talent and willpower of its residents, which is why the Regent Park Film Festival has dedicated itself to showcasing films made by and about inhabitants of the downtown neighbourhood. Opening night of the four day festival features films by youth on the themes of hope, identity and immigration. Runs til Sunday.
Nelson Mandela Public School, 440 Shuter St., Free, various times (6 pm tonight)
TELEVISION | Green Light - How New Shows are Chosen and Developed at the CBC
The CBC is truly the people's broadcaster, so much so that it seems they're reaching out to the people for some new programming options. Their seminar today is open to all comers who are interested in learning what it takes to write and produce a television show at the CEEB. It's completely free, and is hosted by bigwigs Christine Wilson, deputy director of English television network programming and Jennifer Stewart, director of acquisitions and development. Perfect time to pitch that idea you have a for a fresh new show about a giant who lives in a castle with a giraffe and a chicken.
CBC Building, 250 Front St. W., Free, 12 pm
MUSIC | Modeselektor at the Mod Club
Berlin duo Modeselektor formed in 1992 and went on to blaze trails in the field of electronic music for the next two decades. Their 2007 record Happy Birthday! followed their equally exclamatory 2005 full-length Hello Mom! and featured collaborations with Thom Yorke and Maximo Park, capping off nearly 20 years of music made on self-developed software and MIDI controllers. The boys bring the party to College Street tonight.
The Mod Club, 722 College St., 10 pm
MUSIC | Dan Deacon at the Great Hall
Fresh off a riotous show at Sneaky Dee's, Pitchfork fav Dan Deacon plays another show tonight at Queen Street's Great Hall. The New York State native played a legendary show on Queen St. W. earlier this May, and will be joined again by Primary Colours and the End of the Internet. If you've never seen a show at the Great Hall, it's definitely worth it, with great sightlines and a theatre-style stage. Not that it matters with this show, Deacon (and the audience) will be all over the place.
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W., $10,
MUSIC | The Belle of Winnipeg
This innovative play explores Canadian history in the unruly frontier town of Winnipeg during the 1880s. The action on stage is accompanied by a live musical score and video projection, and is inspired by silent films. Fittingly, it includes sets and costumes designed all in grey, black, and white, and a scene in which a damsel in distress is tied to some railway tracks. Old timey, yet modern. Starring and co-written by Ginnette Mohr. Runs til November 15.
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St., $17.50 - $22
WINE | Penfolds Tasting
Penfolds is one of Australia's most prestigious winemakers, and is hosting a tasting tonight at the swanky Le Meridien at the King Eddy hotel tonight. Emceed by Wine Enthusiast magazine's 2006 winemaker of the year Peter Gago, the event will give connoisseurs/rich lushes to sample a variety of Penfold wines including the 2004 Grange vintage which has already scored a 98 with several publications. Tickets are a little pricey, but still available.
King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. East., $75, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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