Radar: Invisible City, Life in the Pond, Natures Mortes, Royal Ontario Museum's 31st Annual Coloquium, Martha and the Muffins, Cottage Wattage, Joy Division, Bless This Mess
FILM | Invisible City
Oscar-nominated documentarian Hubert Davis tells the story of one of Toronto's most notorious neighbourhoods in Invisible City. Just east of the prosperous downtown core, Regent Park is Canada's oldest and largest housing project and is home to over 10,000 low-income Canadians, half of the whom are under 18. Davis employs beautiful cinematography and a compassionate eye to tell the story of two teenagers trying to make it to adulthood without being sucked in by the poor decisions that seem to wait for them on every corner of the housing complex. Winner of the Best Canadian Feature award at last year's Hot Docs Festival, Invisible City is a must-see for anyone who wishes to better understand this city. Runs til February 11.
Royal Cinema, 608 College St., $10, $8 students and seniors, Friday to Wednesday 7 pm, 4:30 pm matinee on Saturday, 9:15 pm Thursday
GALLERY | Life in the Pond by Mitsuo Kimura and Natures Mortes by Matt Killen
Dundas West art hot spot LE Gallery throws open its doors tonight on a double exhibition of work by two talented artists. Mitsuo Kimura's Life in the Pond presents viewers with densely packed, colourful drawings inspired by his experience moving back and forth between Canadian and Japanese culture, while Montreal-based artist and musician Matt Killen's Natures Mortes explores urban decay through painting and digitally manipulated photographs. While differing heavily in style, both exhibitions utilize a wide array colours and forms to create fresh exciting works. The opening reception is tonight, with the show running til February 28.
LE Gallery, 1183 Dundas St. W., Reception free, 7 pm - 10 pm
MUSEUM | Royal Ontario Museum 31st Annual Colloquium
I've said it before and I'll say it again, this city simply doesn't have enough colloquiums. Thank god for the good people at the ROM, who will give the public a glimpse of the museum's ongoing research and recent discoveries in this day-long event. Curatorial staff will deliver a series of 15-minute lectures on a wide array of topics including the geology of our national parks, art deco fashion, and the famous Chinese Terracotta Army which will invade the ROM in June. At 5:30 pm Dr. David Evans, associate curator of vertebrate paleontology, will deliver the 2010 Vaughn Lecture on the museum's rapidly expanding dinosaur research.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Free, 9:15 am to 7 pm
MUSIC | Martha and the Muffins
Toronto's contribution to the new-wave scene of the late 70s and 80s, Martha and the Muffins are best known for their international hit single Echo Beach. It's been a long 18 years since M and M last put out a record, but the dawn of the internet age and the ability to bypass a music industry they felt had treated them unfairly has coaxed the group out of retirement. On Tuesday they dropped Delicate, an album that was made despite singer Martha Johnson's diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and guitarist Mark Gane's battle with prostate cancer. Johnson's still testing out her ability to play live ten years after learning of her condition and her recent struggles combined with the band's reunion should make their two nights at the Music Gallery emotionally charged events.
The Music Gallery, 197 John St., $30 advance, $35 door, Friday and Saturday 7 pm
PARTY | Cottage Wattage
A little piece of the 705 comes to College St. tonight for Cottage Wattage, Sneaky's Dee's first all cottage rock party. The party planners who brought you Shake a Tail will be playing tunes from fictional rural radio station The Loon 106.9, with enough Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen to make you feel you're sitting at the end of a dock with the sun on your face and a cold brew in your hand. The only thing that could make it more authentic would be a cloud of mosquitoes hovering around the dj booth.
Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St., $5, 10 pm
FILM | Joy Division
There are already two great movies that tell the story of Joy Division, who were easily one of the most influential bands to come out of England since the Beatles. 24 Hour Party People did it with wry British humour, and Control did it with affecting starkness, but 2008's Joy Division is the only one that had complete cooperation from the band's surviving members. Director Grant Gee and punk biographer Jon Savage scored interviews with former Joy Division bandmates (now known as New Order) as well as Factory Records owner Tony Wilson, graphic artist Peter Saville, Control director Anton Corbijn, and for the first time, Ian Curtis's mistress Annik Honor. The film comes to the Acacia tonight for its Toronto theatrical premiere. One night only.
The Acacia Centre, 186 Spadina Ave., $10 advance, $12 door, 7:30 pm
GALLERY | Bless This Mess
The Deleon White Gallery, Toronto's only gallery with a critical ecology mandate, hosts a party tonight for the opening of a weekend-long exhibition that teams local artists with cerative minds from as far away as Sydney, Warsaw, Frankfurt, and Los Angeles. Matthew Malouf, Ben Schumacher, Liam Crockard, and Aleksander Hardashnakov are just a few of the artists participating in the show which features the work of twelve painters, photographers and collage-makers. The guestlist is already packed with members of Toronto's young art scene, and this should be hip and stylish affair. Show runs til Sunday.
DeLeon White Gallery, 1139 College St., Reception 6 pm - 11 pm
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