Radar: Thunderheist, The New Yorker's Lawrence Welscher, Staggered Crossing's Xmas Bash, Robber Holiday Sale
MUSIC | Thunderheist at the Mod Club
Electrofunk phenoms Thunderheist blow up the Mod Club tonight in what will be their last Toronto show for some time. The duo heads down under over New Year's and have announced that they'll be taking time off in 2010 to work on solo projects. The Myspace bulletin that broke the news of the hiatus had a hint of nostalgia to it, leading some fans to worry the break might be permanent. But Isis and Graham assure followers they will return to shake Toronto's dancehalls soon.
Mod Club, 722 College St., $15, 9 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Lawrence Weschler: What's the New Line?
In his twenty years at the New Yorker, Lawrence Weschler became known for toeing the line between fiction and non-fiction. But in an age when semi-fictional blogs have replaced autobiography and writers like David Sedaris and James Frey top the bestseller lists, that line has become increasingly blurred. Tonight Weschler heads a panel of artists and journalists who will discuss discarding the traditional notion of a divide between fiction and non-fiction and formulating a "new line." Participants include the Globe and Mail's Douglas Bell and painter and sculptor Shary Boyle. A group of tickets will be released at the door one hour before the event.
Cinecycle, behind 129 Spadina Ave., $10, 8 pm
PHOTOGRAPHY | Abandon: Baffin Island
The rugged wilderness of Nunavut's Baffin Island is a far cry from the sweaty heavy metal bars where Mark Coatsworth began his photography career. But after shooting the nightlife of Vancouver and Toronto for a few years, Coatsworth decided to scrape together his life savings and head North, and the result is a stunning exhibition about a remote region in the midst of environmental and social crisis. The Lens Factory hosts an opening reception tonight to kick off the month long exhibition.
Lens Factory, 1040 Queen St. W., 6pm - 10pm
MUSIC | StagXmas Bash
Toronto roots rock band Staggered Crossing's career mirrors the drastic shift in the music industry in the worst possible way. The band grinded out shows in Toronto clubs in the late 1990s until they caught the attention of Warner Music, who signed them to a deal. Then Napster happened, and despite the band's touring and radio success, their record undersold and Warner dropped them. StagX then went thoroughly indie by starting their own label and are currently fighting for bandwidth amidst a sea of previously unheard of bands. They are battling on, however, and proceeds from their annual Christmas show tonight benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank. Opus Road and Stone River open.
The Horseshoe Tavern, 368 Queen St. W., $10, 9 pm
FUNDRAISER | A Night of Shopping in Benefit of the Daily Bread Food Bank at Robber
Robber is a new shop on the Queen West strip that has already become a favourite for the city's more savvy shoppers. The pared-down boutique specializes in simple items with a twist, and carries a number of hip labels including Sunja Link, Erin Templeton, and Dunderdon. Tonight the store hosts a sale that serves the needs of a number of interested parties: Robber needs to sell things, you need something nice to wear for the holidays, and the Daily Food Bank needs food. Bring a donation to the Food Bank, and Robber will supply the snacks and the 15% off deals.
Robber, 863 Queen St. W., 6pm - 9pm
FILM | Creepy Classics presents Bela Lugosi in Dracula
The ubiquitous vampire dramas on TV and in theatres nowadays would have you believe that vampires are hot, sexually charged teenagers out looking for love. But long before Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart steamed up the screen there was Bela Lugosi, a 46-year old Hungarian man with hair coming out of his ears. And that, my friends, is what a vampire should look like. The Revue brings the original Dracula film back to Toronto screens tonight as part of a double bill that also includes the spectacularly mediocre Coppola flick Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., $7 each, 7 pm
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