Radar: One of a Kind Spring Show, The eh List with Sarah Elton and Kevin Robbins, NOW Open Poetry Stage, Les Nuits Fashion Week Party, Queer West Culture Jam
CRAFT SHOW | One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale
Long before reduced carbon footprints and organic vegetables became fashionable, craftmakers knew the value of sustainability. Central to the spirit of arts and crafts is the process of recycling old and discarded materials to create something new. Starting today, the spring instalment of the One of a Kind Show celebrates renewal with hundreds of made-in-Canada creations inspired by nature and the natural world. Biodegradable throw pillows, serving trays made out of old wine barrels, and peppermills made from tree branches are just some of the items you'll find at Toronto's largest exhibition of one of a kind fashion, jewelry, food, and home decor. Runs til Sunday.
Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd., $12, Wednesday to Saturday 10 am - 9 pm, Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | The eh List - Sarah Elton and Kevin Robbins
Toronto is a literary city. From Michael Ondaatje to Margaret Atwood, over the years Hogtown has produced and inspired some of Canada's greatest authors. Last year writer and journalist Sarah Elton and photographer Kevin Robbins teamed up to produce City of Words: Toronto through her writers eyes, a beautiful book compiling stories about our fair city written by prominent Canadian authors. Tonight as part of the Toronto Public Library's eh List Author's series, Elton and Robbins come to the Northern District Library to read excerpts from City of Words and display Robbins' lovingly captured photographs.
North York Public Library, 5120 Yonge St., Free, 12:30 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Authors at Harbourfront: NOW Open Poetry Stage
As we all know, April is National Poetry Month (I've had it circled on my calendar for weeks!). To mark the occasion Authors at Harbourfront is presenting its second-ever open poetry stage, and has invited 20 poets to share the podium tonight in a veritable orgy of verse. The group of budding bards -- which includes some recognizable names like Sky Gilbert and Paul Vermeersch -- will throw down (in the poetic, metaphorical sense) for the grand prize: an automatic invitation to read at the 31st International Festival of Authors and a full page ad for their book in NOW Magazine.
York Quay Centre, Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, $8, 7:30 pm
PARTY | Les Nuits presents Nam Model Management
Nam Model Management represents models. And not the "give us a hundred bucks and we'll put together a portfolio for you" kind of model but the glossy, perfume on every page, high fashion magazine cover photo kind of model. If you want to see what it's like to hang with that calibre of beautiful people then head to the swanky and newly redesigned Brassai nightclub tonight, where Nam and Kleen Media are throwing for a party in celebration of fashion week. You'll have to talk to the folks at Kleen to get in though. Try telling them how cool you are.
Brassai Nightclub, 461 King St. West, 10 pm
FORUM | Queer West presents: Make Culture Jam!
Queer West's ShOUT program is an (un)conference -- a participatory forum that addresses issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, intersexed, queer, and questioning (or LGBTTIQQ2) community. Tonight the forum tackles the topic of culture jamming: how to choose your own path in a consumer society in which your "options" are so often dictated to you. Queer West welcomes anyone who is willing to learn or has something to contribute, and this monthly event provides a useful outlet for the West End's queer youth community to come together and make themselves heard. But also: LGBTTIQQ2? Seriously guys, that acronym is now officially too long to be of any use.
Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Ave., Free, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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