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Radar: Plants an Animals with Karkwa, Songs of the 2000s, Chronologic Dance Party, The Stables, Cautioneers and Mittenz, Elfin Saddle, Picastro, Force of Nature, and Telekenesis


MUSIC | Plants + Animals w/ Karkwa
Montreal indie-rockers Plants and Animals take the stage at Lee's Palace this eve. They will also be doing an in-store performance across the street at Sonic Boom (512 Bloor Street West) at 4pm, where a non-perishable food donation (for the Fort York Food Bank) is requested. These guys were nominated in 2009 for Best New Band and shortlisted for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. Their most recent release, "La La Land" is a bit of a departure vibe-wise, and sonically from their first full-length, "Parc Avenue." While "Park Avenue" had an atmospheric and stark psych-folk feel to it, "La La Land" is more edgy, aggressive, and polished. Fellow Montrealers Karkwa get things going.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor Street West) 9PM $18

MUSIC | Juno's 40th Anniversary Decades Concert Series: Songs of the 2000s
What an exciting way to cap off this great "Decades" series, right before the actual Juno Awards return to TO after about... a decade! There will be performances tonight by Justin Rutledge, Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene, Sebastian Grainger of DFA 1979, and many more. Long live the '00s!
The Horseshoe (370 Queen Street West) 9PM $25

MUSIC | The Stables, Cautioneers + Mittenz
A cool lineup is going down at The Silver Dollar tonight! The Stables, hailing from Oshawa, are tonight's headliner, with their own unique take on that alt-country / indie-folk thing that's going around. Brandishing vintage heartland instruments such as a wash-tub bass, and combing them with the energy of bluegrass (and occasionally the vibe of punk-rock), has earned this band a rep as a great show to catch. Also on the bill are The Cautioneers, with their brass-tinged indie-pop stylings, and the all-female alt-rock quartet Mittenz, and more! Should be rawkin'!
The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Avenue) 9PM $10

COMEDY | Comedy Records Presents: Showcase
A major showcase of Canadian comedy talent will have your sides splitting tonight at The Comedy Bar! Matt O' Brien, Julia Hladkowicz, Nathan Mackintosh, Alex Pavone, Barry Taylor, and more will send you home smiling. If you like what you hear, these guys definitely want you to check out the Comedy Records Presents CD on iTunes.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 8PM $10



FILM | Film Screening: Force of Nature
David Suzuki's 75th B-Day is being celebrated tonight at The Drake with a screening of "Force Of Nature", a film which Suzuki feels encapsulates his personal philosophies and views of the world quite perfectly. Interspersing a lecture format with clips and footage from Suzuki's life, the film is an interesting "biography of ideas" for any fan of this iconoclastic environmental activist.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 7PM $5

MUSIC | Telekenesis
Michael Benjamin Lerner, a Seattle based drummer and singer/songwriter, is the leader and founder of Telekenesis, a band on the Merge Records imprint, well known for its roster of indie rock icons like Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, Superchunk, and many more. Telekenesis' full-length self-titled debut was recorded with Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie. Pepper Rabbit beings the rock proceedings.
The Horseshoe (370 Queen Street West) 9PM $13

MUSIC | Mark Segger Sextet CD Release
Toronto drummer Mark Segger launches his debut CD as a bandleader tonight at T-Dot's infamous jazz venue, The Rex Hotel. Aptly titled, "The Beginning", this Jean Martin-produced disc showcases Segger's work as a composer with this group which has been a working unit since 2008. Some great local players are featured here, such as Andrew Downing on bass, Jim Lewis on trumpet, Chris Willes on saxophone, Heather Segger on trombone, and Tania Gill on piano. Following this show, the band heads West for a mini tour with stops in Edmonton, Calgrary, and Victoria.
The Rex Hotel (194 Queen Street West) 9:30PM

CULTURE | Storytelling At Caplansky's
It would be a challenge to hang out at a deli and not hear a story or two. Something about the smoked meat, cole slaw, new dills, kishka - these things definitely compete with alcohol for "social lubricant" status. Caplansky's has wisely decided to make a "thing" out of this minor phenomenon, and has declared Sunday night to be their weekly storytelling night. As if you needed an excuse to go out for a nice pastrami!
Caplansky' s Deli (356 College Street), No Cover


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