Radar: Mary Stewart, Good As New Festival, Spacing Magazine Winter Launch, Food Inc., Pasha Malla
MUSIC | Mary Stewart at the Boat
Mary Stewart has been at the center of the Nova Scotia music scene since she recorded her first demo at the age of 16. Her talent and training is impressive, having been writing since her early teens and recently spending an 8-month stint in France studying voice. Her ability to write sweet and catchy pop folk songs has landed her support gigs for Jill Barber, In-Flight Safety, and Wintersleep. She's slogging her way cross-country on her own tour at the moment and hits up the Boat tonight. Ska politicos Lazybones open.
The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave., $6, 9 pm
THEATRE | Good As New Festival
The Fly by Night Theatre company has a unique mandate. It's dedicated to fostering young theatrical talent in Toronto and has pledged to donate all of its proceeds to a small orphanage in Ghana. The company is still relatively young and this three-day festival of (mostly) new one-acts is only its sixth production. Two new plays, Happy Christmas Jenna Jameson and Boy Meets Girl will be making their world premieres, along with an updated version of Canadian fringe classic This Is A Play. Runs til Friday.
George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, $20, Students/seniors $18, 8 pm
MAGAZINE | Spacing Magazine Winter Launch
These days, policy-makers and city-dwellers alike are seeking to redefine urban life, and Toronto-based Spacing magazine has become an influential contributor to that discussion. The magazine examines political and social issues surrounding public space and is at the forefront of the fight against environmental degradation, commercialism and infrastructure neglect. Spacing launches its winter issue tonight by throwing a party at the very cool-looking Appel Salon, a brand-new public space at the Toronto Reference Library.
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., $10, 7 pm - 12 am
BOOKS AND LIT | Literati Lounge with Pasha Malla
Pasha Malla is only 31 and has already put himself on the map in the world of contemporary fiction. He was long-listed for the 2008 Giller Prize and has had his work included in indie lit kingpin David Eggers's Best American Nonrequired Reading series (a pretty impressive feat considering Malla was born in Newfoundland, which is not in America). He comes to the Danforth tonight for a wine and cheese book talk, and if good writing isn't your thing there will also be $2 glasses of wine!
Re: Reading, 548 Danforth Ave., $15 (includes free drink), 6:30 pm
FILM | West End Food Co-op Presents Food Inc.
The West-End Food Co-op screens the revealing 2009 documentary Food Inc. tonight as part of its ongoing community-organizing efforts. The film takes a discomforting look at the commercial food industry and uncovers some stomach-churning truths, but so far critics have stopped retching long enough to give it rave reviews. Following the film co-op founder John Richmond will discuss the WEFC's current bond campaign and the group's ambitious plan to build a community-based food store in the West End as part of a strategy to put food production back in the hands of the people.
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., $10, 7 pm
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