Downtown Toronto

Radar: Beer for Books, Writing the New Toronto, A Cinematic Debut, Twelfth Night, Adrienne Pierce and Kinnie Star at C'est What?

FUNDRAISER | Beer for Books
Beer for Books has made drinking a charitable act (well, if they insist!). Tonight, at the Blarney Stone Pub in Yorkville, $1 from every drink purchased will go to Room to Read, an organization that aims to increase the literacy of children in developing countries. Working with a network of libraries, Room to Read seeks to create gender equality in the classroom with a girls education program and funds literacy by raising money to put books in schools. With a goal of reaching ten million children by 2015, there's a lot of drinking to be done.
Blarney Stone Pub (12 Cumberland Street) 7PM Free

CULTURE | Diaspora Dialogues: Readings from TOK, Writing the New Toronto, Book 6
Set in Toronto, the TOK series features stories by local writers that use the Big Smoke as the backdrop to their characters journeys. Local writers David Layton, Martin Mordecai, Alicia Elliott, and Lynda Allison will be present at Ben McNally Books this evening to read their individual stories and answer questions about their contributions to the series. The event will be hosted by celebrated Canadian author Antanas Sileika and is a part of the Diaspora Dialogues series, which aims to illustrate the intricate side of Toronto through the eyes of a diverse set of writers.
Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street) 6PM Free

MUSIC | A Cinematic Debut - Parks & Rec, The Cautioneers and Formalists
For those who appreciate music videos almost as much as indie rock, this event tonight at Toronto Underground Cinema will feature the premiere of new videos from Parks & Rec, The Cautioneers and Formalists. A chance to watch local artists' music videos on the big screen, videos will follow with a 45 minute set by each of the three Toronto-based indie bands. A Cinematic Debut allows audiences to compare live performances to the artistic interpretation of music in video form, all in an intimate setting.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 8:30PM $10

THEATRE | Shakespeare Toronto: Twelfth Night
Nominated for two Dora Awards recognizing the ensemble's performance and the overall production, this rendition of Twelfth Night features five actors performing as the entire cast of Shakespeare's original play. A hilarious comedy directed by Will O'Hare, Twelfth Night marks the final performance of this year's Shakespeare Toronto series, which aims to redefine how Torontonians view Shakespearean theatre. This play is presented by The Classical Theatre Project and lives up to their mission, proving that Shakespeare doesn't have to be boring.
Bathurst Street Theatre (736 Bathurst Street) 7:30PM $28 Adults, $20 Seniors/Students

MUSIC | Adrienne Pierce and Kinnie Starr at C'est What?
If you haven't yet caught Adrienne Pierce on tour with Ray LaMontagne or Damien Rice, her appearance at C'est What? to promote her third album, Oh Deer, is a great opportunity to see the songstress play a small venue. The Vancouverite's music has already appeared on Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars and this early success has opened doors internationally for the alt folk singer. Pierce appears tonight in Toronto with Juno winning producer and nominated artist Kinnie Starr, whose mix of hip hop and rock has landed her music on the soundtracks for Thirteen and The L-Word as well as in other productions and festivals (including Lilith Fair). London, Ontario indie band Decade of Sleep will open for these dynamic Canadian songstresses.
C'est What? (67 Front Street East) 8:30PM $6


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