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Radar: Sherway Farmers' Market, Fronteras Americanas, Protest the Hero, Tequila and More Spirits and Cocktails Show, Performers Unite for Japan

THEATRE | Fronteras Americanas
Award-winning Argentinean-Canadian playwright and performer Guillermo Verdecchia brings his play about the identity issues of Latin American immigrants to the Distillery District tonight. Verdecchia has written eleven plays and published a collection of short stories but his 1993 play Fronteras Americanas, about the struggle of living between two cultures, is a world-renowned having been performed in several other countries. The play, which has won the Governor-General's Award for Drama, follows a Latin American immigrant as he journeys to integrate his identity with his geographical location. Witty, engaging and breaking stereotypes about Latin Americans, this performance is a chance to see the internationally popular play performed by Verdecchia himself. The show runs until May 27th with matinees performances available.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street) 7:30PM $50.86 adult/$31.65 student

CULTURE | Sherway Farmers' Market
The Sherway Farmers' Market opens today to kick off its 21st season. Open every Friday, from today until October 28th, local green farmers come together from across Ontario to sell their organic goods at reasonable prices. Located in the north parking lot of Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre, come out to support Ontario farmers by purchasing locally grown produce and food products, such as cheeses, eggs, honey products, baked goods and grill and deli meats.
Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre (25 The West Mall) 8AM Free

MUSIC | Protest the Hero at the Sound Academy
Canadian band Protest the Hero joins fellow progressive metal bands Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and Tessaract tonight at the Sound Academy as part of their Canadian tour. The five-piece band from Whitby, Ontario have been performing together since they were 13 and have become well-known outside of Canada since making the move from indie label Underground Operations to Vagrant Records in 2006. Promoting their 3rd studio album, Scurrilous, Protest the Hero will be screaming and thrashing their way through tonight's performance before heading west to London, Ontario to play smaller venues.
The Sound Academy (11 Polson Street) 7PM $20

DRINK | Tequila and More Spirits and Cocktails Show
Cinco de Mayo may have come and gone but the Tequila and More Spirits and Cocktails Show isn't giving up the celebrations yet. The event is full of Latin American flavour--there will be master class tequila tastings with world-renowned mixologists like Brian Van Flandern, who has created cocktails for Mario Batali, at an additional cost of $20. Cigar rolling demonstrations and live Latin American jazz performances by Jorge Lopez & Cascabel Band are also scheduled for the day. The Toronto Flair League Finals will take place live at 9PM as crowds watch the top flair bartenders and mixologists perform stunts and tricks with more than just bottles of tequila.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, Hall G (222 Bremner Boulevard) 4PM $28 online/$40 at the door

FUNDRAISER | Performers Unite for Japan
With 600,000 people still homeless and millions more without electricity and water, Canadian artists and local talents will be performing tonight at Peridot Resto Lounge in support of those affected by the recent devastation in Japan. Alongside aerial silk acrobats and fire jugglers will be Canadian performers, such as Sarah Simone McDougall, Melody MacDougall, Emrah Kento, Dakota Starr & Jessica Sheppard from Canadian Idol as well as rappers Zeyon, A.D and Sci Young. Raffle prizes, including an iPad 2, will be given away and there will be dancing until 2AM. All proceeds will be going to The Canadian Red Cross Japan Relief Fund.
Peridot Resto Lounge (81 Bloor Street East) 7:30PM $25

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