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Radar: He Said What?, Polaris Music Prize Record Salon, Access Denied, Improv All-Stars with Colin Mochrie, and John Vanderslice & Huddle

LITERATURE | "He Said What?" Book Launch
Forget "That's what she said!" jokes because tonight the focus is on what he said. The book launch of "He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed" happens tonight with a forum presented by TINARS. Written by women for women about the words of men that have changed lives, the book's editor and author Victoria Zackheim and contributing authors Amy Ferris and Dianne Rinehart come together to engage in discussion about the aftermath of lies, confessions and expressions of love. Storytelling group 10½ stories will start the evening by turning the microphone on audience members, asking them to reveal what men have said to them--good or bad--that has had a lasting affect on their lives. Journalist Avril Benoit will be hosting the event and a performance by Toronto musician Erika Werry will round out the evening.
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) 7PM $5 (Free with book purchase)

MUSIC | Polaris Music Prize Record Salon #4: Stars
Stars frontman Torq Campbell is this month's participant in the Polaris Music Prize Record Salon, an event for inspiring Canadian musicians to discuss their albums with music lovers. Tuesday night's interview will focus on the Montreal indie rock band's 2010 studio album The Five Ghosts. Dialogue will be open in a salon setting and the discussion will be lead by Polaris Jury member and Toronto writer Tabassum Siddiqui. Stick around afterward to hear the record played in full.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W) 7PM Free

CULTURE | Access Denied
Just one week after World Press Freedom Day, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) presents this discussion panel about access to information in Canada. Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC Radio One's "The Current" will moderate the event with panelists that include Dean Beeby of the Canadian Press, investigative journalist Paula Todd and former Information Commissioner John Reid. The dialogue will revolve around the CJFE's second annual Review of Free Expression in Canada and Canada's failure to protect freedom of information as well as hot topics such as Wikileaks.
The NOW Lounge (189 Church Street) 7PM Free

COMEDY | Improv All-Stars with Colin Mochrie
"Who's Line Is It Anyway?" fans will be pleased to learn that Second City's Improv All-Stars showcase will feature the popular television show's former cast member Colin Mochrie (you know, the bald Canadian one). Mochrie is returning to the Second City stage tonight with a similar performance format that will see the audience directing the action onstage. Alongside the Second City cast members, Mochrie appears this one-night only, promising an interactive evening of hilarity.
The Second City (70 Peter Street) 8PM $20

MUSIC | John Vanderslice + Huddle
Indie rock artist John Vanderslice plays the Drake tonight to promote the release of his 2011 album White Wilderness. The political, raw-voiced solo act from Florida is in town with the Georgian Bay rock/pop/dreamjam indie band Huddle. Known for his recording work with bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Vanderslice's stylistic use of analog instruments--known as sloppy hi-fi--has garnered him an underground following. According to the musician/photographer's blog, this past month was Audience Participation Month on the American leg of his tour so be prepared to be called on to provide vocals and harmonies.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 8PM $13.50 in advance, $15 at the door


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