Radar: Tribute to the Band, City Field North Shore, Methinks Pop-Up Show, I'll Be Queer for Christmas, Charitable Rave

Photo: "Message in a Bottle" by Mike Manalang, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Events on Toronto's Radar for THURSDAY DECEMBER 10, 2009... lovingly handpicked from blogTO's events calendar.

MUSIC | W.S. Walcott's Rabbit's Foot Minstrel Review: A Tribute to The Band
Is there a more badass chorus in music history than The Band's "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down"? If there is, I haven't heard it. Tonight some talented Toronto musicians play a tribute concert to one of the greatest bands of all time for no reason other than the proven fact that you can never get enough of the Band. Those paying homage include members of the Born Ruffians, Cuff the Duke, the Golden Dogs, and Sports: the Band.
The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave., $5, 9:30 pm

GALLERY | City Field North Shore
This exhibition of four artists showcases each painter's interpretations of the Ontario landscape. Stewart Jones paints his urban surroundings, David Griene focuses on fields, Peter Rotter concentrates on northern wildernesses, while Joseph Sampson works exclusively with shorelines. Together the artists provide a mutli-faceted description of what it means to live in this particular part of the world. Opening night party tonigh, show runs til December 20.
Lennox Contemporary, 12 Ossington Avenue, 7 pm - 10 pm

HOLIDAY SALE | Methinks 2nd Annual Pop Up Show
There has been a rash of pop-up sales lately, with merchandisers taking empty store fronts all over the city to host temporary sales. The Methinks art collective begins their unique holiday sale/art installation today, with the interior of 165 Augusta being transformed into the inside of a giant Christmas stocking. Tonight's opening day party includes a silent auction, hot cocoa and some red light specials. The collective's unique pieces will make great gifts for the hip art-lover in your life and run between $20-$200 in price. Runs til December 31.
Project 165, 165 Augusta Ave., 6 pm - 11 pm opening night, 12 pm - 8 pm daily

MUSIC | I'll Be Queer For Christmas
The holiday season's parade of benefit concerts continues tonight with a show to benefit Sean O'Neill's play Icarus Redux and the queer outreach group Supporting Our Youth. One-man glam show Diamond Rings is one of the city's hottest acts and will be headlining the bill, while the Yes Yes Y'All DJs will be laying down the beats. Local comedienne Sara Hennessey hosts.
Double Double Land, 201 Augusta Ave., $7

PARTY | electroTO Charitable Rave
Rave for a cause tonight at Wrongbar's party to benefit the Heart House Hospice. The Heart House is a volunteer organization that cares for families dealing with terminal illness. This is an especially hard time of year for those whose loved ones are gravely ill, so kudos to DJs Rynecologist, Golden Gloves, Meech, and Bordello for throwing proceeds of the show to a helpful organization.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St. W., $5, 10 pm

PARTY | Ron Hawkins, Stephen Stanley, and Wayne Petti at Graffiti's
For a few short months in 1991, Toronto alt rockers the Lowest of the Low had the top-selling independent album in Canadian history. By the end of the year the Barenaked Ladies would top them, but the success of the Low's debut record was enough to make them hugely popular in Toronto and Western New York. The band long ago broke up due to internal tensions, but frontman Ron Hawkins and guitarist Stephen Stanely reunite to play a three-night stand at grody Kensington bar Graffiti's. On Friday and Saturday they'll be joined by Wayne Petti from Cuff the Duke.
Graffiti's Bar & Grill, 170 Baldwin Street, $16.50, 9:30 pm

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