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Radar: The Cars, Purplelectricity, Magic Squares, Cover bands galore, Uma Nota with the Heavyweights Brass Band & DJ Paul E. Lopes, Dave Spoon, Unite for Japan

MUSIC | The Cars at Sound Academy
The recently reunited Cars come to Toronto tonight to promote their first album in 24 years, their May 2011 release Move Like This. The band revives their late '70s/early '80s New Wave sound with four of the five original members taking the stage (lead singer and bassist Benjamin Orr passed away in 2000). The Cars are only making one Canadian stop on their 11-city reunion tour but if you miss them, don't worry--they were recently announced as part of the Lollapalooza line-up.
Sound Academy (11 Polson Street) 7PM $55-$75

MUSIC | Purplelectricity Prince Party
If you can bear going out in the rain, wear purple because Purplelectricity, the original Prince tribute party, returns to The Drake for its 7th anniversary. Tonight's party is the 26th edition of the celebration and features music and videos solely from the Prince oeuvre, goin back to his 1978 debut album For You to his most recent release, 2010's 20Ten. With 35 albums released, DJ doctor BAGGIE will have endless Prince songs to spin and there will be Prince-ly door prizes being given away.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 11PM $10

ART | Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture
Artists Jamelie Hassan, Hamid Kachmar, Alia Toor and Tim Whiten partner up to discuss how patterns and symbols in the clothing and textiles of Muslim Africa create meaning in culture and have influenced their independent artworks. By exploring the permanent exhibits of the Textile Museum of Canada's Islamic African artifacts, this group of international artists will speak about how their own artwork overlaps with the "magic squares" of religious African cultures. Prior to the discussion panel, there will be an opening reception at 5PM and tours of the exhibit with curator Patricia Bentley will begin in June.
Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue) 5PM $25 regular, $20 members/students

MUSIC | The Stooges, Love, Joy Division, Fleetwood Mac and Brian Eno cover bands at The Silver Dollar
Die-hard fans of '60s, '70s and '80s rock will be interested to see this collaborative effort by cover bands from across the city. The music of the reunited band Iggy Pop and the Stooges, folk rock band Love, English rockers Joy Division, blues rock band Fleetwood Mac and musician Brian Eno will be recreated tonight by local artists Foxfire, Young Mother, Plastic Factory and goth rocker Ell V Gore, to name a few. The bands will play a 25-minute set of old rock favourites with a contemporary edge at the historic Toronto music venue The Silver Dollar.
The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Avenue) 9PM $5


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