Riding the Rocket

Weekend Radar: Tegan & Sara, I Spit On Your Grave, BOY, "Niagara Falls, Summer 2010," Bishop Morocco, Save Ontario Dogs, Laugh Sabbath 4 Year Anniversary, Zine Dream 3, FanExpo 2010, BuskerFest


MUSIC | Tegan & Sara at Molson Ampitheatre
Sometimes it's hard to remember that Tegan & Sara are Canadian. Over the past 15 years the twin sister duo have gained some fame, appeared on The Tonight Show & Jimmy Kimmel Live and collaborated on songs with Tiesto & Against Me. It was just recently that everyone remembered, after their latest album Sainthood was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Now they're back for the third time this year to remind everyone why they deserve it as they play the Molson Ampitheatre. City & Colour, Ra Ra Riot and Wintersleep are also on the bill, so it should be a great day for indie rock fans that love huge venues (do those exist?)
Molson Ampitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd W, $36.75-$63.75, 5pm

FILM | I Spit on Your Grave Screening
Now you'll get the chance to see easily one of the most controversial movies ever made, all big and uncomfortable on the big screen. The 1978 exploitation flick follows a woman who after being raped and left for dead by a gang of men at a cabin, hunts them all down one by one to extract her revenge. Some scenes in this movie were unheard back in the day, let alone now. With the remake premiering last week at Toronto After Dark Film Festival and a limited release in October, you might want to see this one first to decide whether you can handle a modern version. After the screening the star Camille Keaton will be taking questions, so you can take solace in the fact that it was just a movie and she's a normal person - or is she?
Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Ave, $20, 9:30pm

PARTY | BOY - Movie and DJ Set
First things first, how do you pronounce SSION? It's pronounced "shun" but spelling that way would be just too simple. Anyway, known not only for their genre crossing punk-electo albums and crazy live shows, they're pretty bad-ass music video directors too, doing spots for bands such as Liars and Peaches. Well they now have a movie (BOY) that is made up of nine separately shot, but jointly conceived, music videos that together, make up a semi-autobiographical tale of the band. As awesome as the movie sounds, the real treat is the after party at The Beaver where SSION's own Cody Critcheloe will doing a DJ set.
Movie: Mercer Union, 1286 Bloor St W, PWYC, 8pm
After-Party: The Beaver, 1192 Queen St W, Free, 11pm

EXHIBITION | Abbe Findley: "Niagara Falls, Summer 2010"
Recently opened Double Double Land and The White House have teamed up to create an artist residency right in the middle of Kensington Market. The idea is to take someone and stick them right into the Toronto art scene, let them create and then to cap it all off with a solo show. The first resident is a girl named Abbe Findley from Kansas City who they found dancing to a different song each day on YouTube (check one out here). So come check out the first residency show that features a live performance, videos and an installation to see what she's been up to. Hopefully more dancing?
Double Double Land, 209 Augusta Ave, 9pm

MUSIC | Bishop Morocco w/ Procedure Club & Little Girls
Bishop Morocco are one of the latest bands to get signed to the local Hand Drawn Dracula label. Not only that, but they've been getting a ton of press from Vice and were recently named one of NME's top ten free MP3's of the week along side huge acts like The National and She & Him. Mix that with their debut album being released just two months ago, and it's safe to say Bishop Morocco are going places -- one of those places being The Shop under Parts & Labour to play with New Haven shoegazers The Procedure Club and local lo-fi act Little Girls. For sure an awesome show of big up-and-comers.
Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St W, $7, 10pm


DEMO | Save Ontario Dogs
Five years ago Ontario put a ban on pit bulls because they're "too dangerous," forcing thousands of dogs to be put down. If this sounds like pure crap to you, go show your support to repeal breed specific legislation. There will be events all day, including education workshops, agility courses, live bands and a speech from NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo. And of course, you are encouraged to bring your dog, no matter what breed it is. For more info on the pit bull ban, check out the Stop K9 Profiing website.
Coronation Park, Remembrance Drive, Free, All Day

COMEDY | Laugh Sabbath 4 Year Anniversary
Hard to believe that Laugh Sabbath has been taking over Sundays at the Rivoli for four years now. Some of the members have gone on to do big things, including Levi MacDougall and Nathan Fielder's writing gig on Important Things with Demetri Martin. They'll be back as well as most of the Laugh Sabbath cast like Nick Flanagan, Sara Hennessey and Katie Crown to celebrate the milestone. Expect big stuff from the show and come early to eat free food with the cast!
Rivoli, 322 Queen St W, $5, 9pm

FAIR | Zine Dream 3
We're quickly approaching year three of Zine Dream, an annual small press art fair that hosts over 50 local vendors. You can find anything like zines, comics, crafts and t-shirts, that you won't see anywhere else (there's no Rolling Stones or GQ's here). And to help you shop, there'll be performances by Vanessa Hanson, The Deeep and comedian Tom Henry.
Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave, PWYC, 11am-5pm


EXPO | FanExpo 2010
There's something for everyone at the FanExpo. Well everyone that's into comics, horror, anime, gaming and sci-fi, that is. Until Sunday, geeks and nerds alike will be invading the Metro Convention Centre to drop hundreds of dollars on memorabilia and meet superstars of said genres. This weekend meet the likes of William Shatner, Buffy's James Marsters and Heroes' Sendhil Ramamurthy... good to know this is still financially supporting actors who's TV shows have gone off the air. Checkout their website for a full list of events, because there is way too many to list here.
Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front St W, Basic Passes: $35 Saturday, $29 Sunday

FESTIVAL | BuskerFest
If you think the streets of Toronto are already weird enough, the area around St Lawrence Market is about to get a lot weirder. The 11th Annual BuskerFest kicked off Thursday night and is running until Sunday, bringing together some of the most bizarre contortionists, fire breathers, and acrobatics around. While it's free, all donations go towards support for people living with Epiliepsy in Toronto, so don't be a dick and donate.
St Lawrence Market, Free

FREE CONCERTS | Lexus Live at the Distillery
The free concerts continue today and tomorrow in the Distillery District. First up today is Lily Frost (12-1pm) followed by The Midway State (5-6pm. On Sunday, The Paper Lions (3-4pm) complete the series that started with The Stills last night. As before, complimentary refreshments will be served and Lexus will be there showcasing two prototype vehicles including the Lexus CT 200h hybrid. For complete details check out this event page.

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