Radar: War Music, Dundas Square BBQ, Habanot Nechama at the Al Green Theatre, Boston Improv, Give us the Daggers at the Horseshoe
FILM | War Music
Singer-songwriter, David Porteous, began a journey four years ago at the age of 22 to retrace the steps of Canadian soldiers who fought in World War II. The end result was an album and film inspired by stories of the war. Any project of such wide scope potential for missteps, but Porteous's earnest songs, which we literally watch him write on the battlefields of Europe, bring some urgency to events that for many of us are usually just pieces of history. And that's no small feat. Proceeds from tonight and tomorrow's screening will go to The Royal Canadian Legion's Poppy Trust Fund.
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., $7, Wednesday and Thursday 7 pm
FOOD | Bull's Eye Barbeque
Well it's going to by minus 11 C today, so what better time for a BBQ? Dundas Square will be filled with grills this afternoon for a giant feast of ribs, chicken and steak. Hopefully there will be somebody there to cook it for you so you don't have to stand out in the cold. Then again you can always warm up by riding the mechanical bull. I'm pretty sure this event is one giant advertisement for BBQ sauce, but it still sounds like fun.
Dundas Square, 11 am - 3 pm
MUSIC | Habanot Nechama
Israeli trio Habanot Nechama specializes in minimal sunny pop infused with what might be called "world music" vibes. Karolina, Dana Adini and Yael Deckelbaum earned their chops playing in the nightclubs of Tel-Aviv and have matured into accomplished, beautiful singers. Their 2007 debut album earned them a devout following in their home country and the European festival circuit. Their appearance at the Al Green Theatre tonight marks their Canadian debut.
Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave., $25, 8 pm
COMEDY | BOSTON IMPROVeS America
Improv troupe Boston has put together a stellar bill to help them raise funds to travel to the South Carolina Comedy Festival. Headliners WDWMKR are one of the city's best all-female comedy groups and PROJECTproject were nominated for the best Canadian improv troupe at the Canadian Comedy Awards last year. Humber College comedy program alum Boston are no slouches either, having won Impatient Theatre's 2009 edition of the four month long Cagematch competition.
The Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., $5 (donations welcome), 7:30 pm
MUSIC | Give us the Daggers at the Horseshoe
I've been hearing the name of this band pretty frequently in the past few weeks, and I'm not sure if that's just a coincidence or it means they're about to become really popular. Give us the Daggers play gritty garage rock with some nice guitar licks and growling vocals thrown in. And they've got great hair. That's like, one third of what you need to be a successful musician right there. Hamiltonian band Gruve open.
Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., $4, 9 pm
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