Radar: The End of Project 165, 4th NuFunk Festival, Lipstick, Cherry, Turning Point with DJ QUANTIC, Sly Stone documentary release, Oscar Party at The Drake
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
CULTURE | Last Call: The End of Project 165
TO loses another great creative space - Project 165. This multi-purpose spot has supported many different local endeavours in different disciplines. Walking up Augusta on any given day, there could be an installation being constructed in the gallery, an intimate concert, workshops, exhibitions - you name it. Curator Ryan Ringer cites ecomonic factors as the main reasons for the space's closure, while remaining positive, with an 'onward/upward' attitude...but wanting to definitely "go out with a bang"! To this end, there are events both tonight and tomorrow afternoon and evening. Tonight, it's "Tussle & Flow", Project 165's original hiphop party and showcase, featuring the local talents of Garbageface, Test Their Logic, and DJ Sawtay.
Project 165 (165 Augusta Avenue) 10PM PWYC ($5 suggested)
MUSIC | 4th NuFunk Festival w/God Made Me Funky + Saida Baba Talibah
The folks at NuFunk are doing it again, and 'Night #2' of this year's fest happens this eve at The Opera House. God Made Me Funky headlines tonight, and these guys have been honing their craft as an ensemble since 1996. A recent accomplishment for this 9-piece was opening for INXS at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. Also on the bill tonight is Saidah Baba Talibah, who has collabed with K-Os, Maestro Fresh Wes, By Divine Right, Jully Black, and many more, in addition to having appeared in Showboat and other musicals. Her own solo act has a strong following as well. You know where to get the funk on!
The Opera House (722 Queen Street East) 9PM $15
CLUBS | Lipstick, Cherry
Quite the funky one at The Drake tonight! Lipstick,Cherry is a T-dot underground dance party with a solid rep. Mix Chopin is in the house: Toronto's own 19 year-old production wunderkind known for his remix skills and his own bassline driven originals will be the featured treat. Host Pammm will be spinning her own sweet blend of NuDisco, punk-funk, and more to keep your glutes working. The "cherry on top" will be the trippy visuals by The Blacklight Association of Canada.
The Drake Hotel Lounge (1150 Queen Street West) 11PM $10
MUSIC | Turning Point with DJ QUANTIC
Get ready for some sweet vintage vibes! A Man Called Warwick will be selecting the 'riddims' with special guest Quantic. They'll be bringing crates of those beautiful platters to keep the flow going on the dancefloor with retro-tropical sounds from the '50s onwards. Latin, Caribean, Indo, Afro, and more are promised. This will take you somewhere warmer!
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 9PM $10
ALSO ON OUR SATURDAY RADAR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH
FILM | "Coming Back For More" - Sly Stone documentary
Sly Stone is one of the greatest music-makers of all time. His voice, presence, writing, and production sensibilities have had a huge influence on all funk, soul, pop, and jazz music made since his huge splash on the scene in the late '60s. Even Miles Davis, whom many regard as one of the 20th Century's greatest musical innovators, credits Sly as a huge influence on his move to an 'electric' format, and his direction into fusion. This guy was also using drum machines in a very funky way before anyone dared think of doing so! The only mistake Sly made was... staying alive (vs. joining the "27 Club"), and deliberately going into hiding. This film will tell the story, and contains the first footage of the man in over two decades.
National Film Board Cinema (150 John Street) 3:30PM $8
MUSIC | SHINE! Jim Fay Music Bursary Benefit
Jim Fay was a local musician, originally from Ireland, who died in October of 2008. "Shine" is an annual concert held in his memory with the intention of raising funds for a bursary directed at homeless youth in the GTA or PEI who want to study or practice traditional, folk or roots music. The lineup for tonight's show is Oh Suzanna, Juno award winner Julian Fauth, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, and Chelsee Livingston.
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas Street West) 7PM $28
CULTURE | Oscar Party
"And the winner is...." - The Drake's Oscar party! Come check it out tonight - there will be free popcorn, door prizes, great cinematic trivia, and more. Bling yourself out as if you were going to be on the red carpet, and celebrate! Our hosts, film mavens Richard Crouse and Mark Breslin, will keep this event 'reel'.
The Drake Hotel Lounge (1150 Queen Street West) 6PM FREE
MUSIC | JUNO Jazz Fest
The best of the best will be doing that voodoo that they do tonight, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Junos. The cast of greats includes Jane Bunnett, Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Richard Underhill, Pat LaBarbara, and more! All proceeds from this event go to MusiCounts: a music education charity connected with CARAS, striving to keep music education alive and accessible in the school system.
Lula Lounge (585 Dundas Street West) 7PM $15
ALSO ON OUR SUNDAY RADAR
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