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Radar: Toronto Fashion Week, Modernity Unbound, Spoon at the Sound Academy, the Sweet and Sour Show, The Mill: Now We Are Brody

FASHION | LG Toronto Fashion Week
Aside from being a perfect example of the trainwreck that results from selling the name of your event to not one but two corporations, LG Fashion Week Beauty by L'Oreal Paris is Canada's premiere fashion event. Pairing known labels like Joe Fresh with the likes of Ryerson fashion students, shows throughout the week will give the city's fashion fans a glimpse of this year's styles to come. There will be a steady parade of runway shows at Fashion Week's headquarters at the Allstream Centre, but clubs and boutiques across the city are jumping on the bandwagon by throwing their own soirees. Tonight, the downtown club Rockwood hosts a Fashion Week kick-off party and Preloved unveil their fall collection. Check blogTO's Fashion and Style section throughout the week for our coverage of all the glitz and glam.
Various venues and times

BOOKS AND LIT | Modernity Unbound: Ryerson's Inaugural Literatures of Modernity Symposium
Get your knowledge on with this symposium that crams a big topic into 11 hours of academic presentations and artistic performances. Scholars and students from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, OCAD, McGill, SUNY Buffalo and several other Canadian institutions will explore how the idea of the modern is captured in literature and how modern literature is affected by other art forms including dance, music and theatre. Between discussion on topics like the avant-garde art of Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, ten local artists will engage the audience with performances of digital art, video projections, sculpture and dance, including a piece by the forward-thinking Body Cartography dance group.
Ryerson University, Heaslip House 7th Floor, 297 Victoria Ave., Free, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

MUSIC | Spoon with Deerhunter and the Strange Boys at the Sound Academy
Texas Merge Records rockers Spoon hit town tonight to the delight of their ever-growing legion of fans. The band's at the very start of a 30-date tour that will see them cross North America and Australia in support of their new record Transference which was released earlier this year and continues their remarkable run of consistency. They're joined by Atlanta noise-rock experimentalists Deerhunter and Austin newcomers the Strange Boys. That there are still tickets available for a Spoon show in Toronto can only be explained by the fact that it's taking place at what is likely the worst and least accessible venue in the city. Probably still worth the trek though.
The Sound Academy, 11 Polson St., $32.50, 7:30 pm

COMEDY | The Sweet and Sour Show: Allyson Smith and Kathleen McGee
Last year was pretty good to Western Canadian comics Allyson Smith and Kathleen McGee. Foul-mouthed McGee was hand-picked by Canada's reigning comedy king Russell Peters as the winner of Sirius Satellite Radio's Russell Peters BFF contest and has toured the country coast to coast, spreading laughter with her twisted take on the more vulgar aspects of life. A former high school teacher, Smith was so upset at herself for abandoning her dreams of entertaining that she walked into Yuk Yuk's comedy club hours after teaching her first class. It turned out to be a good decision; Smith has just taped her first special for CTV's Comedy Now and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award last year. The ladies continue their roll tonight with a live taping of a CD for XM Radio at the Comedy Bar.
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., $5, 9 pm

THEATRE | The Mill (Part One): Now We Are Brody
The award-winning Theatrefront ensemble is in the midst of its most ambitious project to date. The Mill is a quartet of full-length plays that tells the story of several generations in a Canadian frontier town from the 17th to 19th Centuries, depicting the long-lasting effects of the violence visited on the region's original inhabitants. Inspired equally by slasher films and Canadian history textbooks, the plays are dark and haunting, and realized through some fantastically authentic set designs. As the run of the third installment, entitled the Woods, wraps up this week, Theatrefront brings back part one for anyone who missed it. Runs til Thursday.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, Bldg. 49, $20 - $30, 8 pm

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