Radar: Metric Free Show at Union Station, Late Night in the Bedroom Season Finale, Trivia Night at the Drake, Stand-Up Showdown, Pass the Butter Johnny McLeod
MUSIC | Metric Free Show at Union Square Plaza
Summer is the season for outdoor concerts, but while bands rock out in Yonge-Dundas Square or on the island with regularity, as far as I know this is the first time anyone's dared bring the noise to Union Station. The whole south side of the city will be tied up tonight when indie royalty Metric play a free show outside Toronto's transportation hub. I can already picture the faces of those poor late-working businessmen who'll show up only to discover thousands of hipsters between them and their train home.
Union Square Plaza, Free, 7 pm
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TALK SHOW | Late Night in the Bedroom Season Finale
Toronto's coolest internet talk show takes time out tonight to celebrate the end of its successful debut season. Late Night in the Bedroom has usually been held at smaller venues like the now-defunct Whippersnapper Gallery, but this episode/wrap party/award show is gonna be so big they're taking over the Toronto Underground Cinema. Tonight's guests are Montreal poster artist Jack Dylan, subversive Toronto street artist Dan Bergeron a.k.a. fauxreel, and Japanese pop opera group Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. There will even be an award ceremony to honour the season's favourite guests. Classy.
Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Avenue, $5, 7 pm
GAMES | Trivia Night at the Drake
Do you know who wrote Crime and Punishment? What's Captain Kirk's middle name? How about the name of the ship Charles Darwin sailed to the Galapagos Islands on? If you can answer these questions, stop annoying your friends with your useless knowledge and put it to good use instead at the Drake's trivia night. You'll need two bucks, three friends, and grey matter that's firing on all cylinders. Be warned, this thing can get pretty heated. Apparently when people get a couple of pints in them bragging rights and an $80 gift certificate to the Drake become super important.
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, $2 each, 8 pm
COMEDY | Stand-Up Showdown
Bloor Street laughin' hole Comedy Bar is the middle of Pilot Week, which is sort of like American Idol for Toronto comedians. Each night three groups of comedians pitch three 30 minute made-for-TV comedy shows for an audience that includes TV executives, in the hopes of being offered a development deal. It's also a boon for comedy fans because all the shows are free. Tonight's highlight should be Stand-Up Showdown, a show that pits four comics against each other as they battle over topics chosen by a judge. The line-up of goofy gladiators includes host of CBC's The Debators Steve Patterson, Steph Tolev, Eric Andrews, and Andrew Young.
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West, Free, 8 pm - 10 pm
PARTY | Pass the Butter, Johnny McLeod
This shindig at Andy Pool Hall is the Radar's hump day party pick, partly because it sounds fun but also because it is the funniest name for a night I've ever heard (except for maybe this classic). The titular DJ Johnny McLeod has a strong reputation for getting asses shaking as part of the IN Crowd at Tattoo Rock Parlour and Czechoski's, and tonight will be serving up hot-buttered pre-hip hop funk and soul. There's no cover, so what have you got to lose.
Andy Pool Hall, 489 College Street West, Free, 10 pm
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Photo from yesterday's Late Night in the Bedroom media stunt in Chinatown
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