Radar: Trouble in The Camera Club, Star Wars Day Toronto, Being Caribou, Wax Mannequin with Mayor McCa and Doctor Ew
CULTURE | Don Pyle launches "Trouble In The Camera Club"
Toronto's underground punk scene in the late '70s and early '80s is now clearly established as an important time in the city's cultural history. With two other books coming out recently, tonight's book launch for Don Pyle's "Trouble In the Camera Club: A Photographic Narrative of Toronto's Punk History 1976-1980" consolidates this 'trend' as a happening thing: no musicological 'novelty' here! One thing separating this book, however, (apart from the abundant photographic content) is the author: Pyle was a member of Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, a band who rose to prominence late in this era, but were clearly a product of it, fusing proto-punk elements such as surf in a raw and original instrumental format. Pyle will be chatting in a convo/interview format with Liz Worth, author of one of the aforementioned "other" recently issued books on the subject - "Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond," so things could get interesting. There will also be a slideshow of Pyle's photos from the era, and a performance by The Ugly and others.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 7PM $8 / Free with book purchase ($30)
CULTURE | Star Wars Day Toronto
"May the 4th be with you"! It's that unofficial holiday, celebrated far and wide, giving those closet Star Wars geeks a chance to come out once a year and let their Force hang out! The official TO celebration goes down tonight at the Toronto Underground Cinema. There will be big screen trailers for the original trilogy, Star Wars oriented music, including remixes, mashups and the like, costume contests, and more! They really should have that "Cantina Band" playing, but I don't think that's in the cards this time... Maybe next year! Be there or feel that Vader death grip!
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 7PM $8
FILM | Free Favourites at Four presents "Being Caribou"
Check out this great NFB-produced documentary, following a herd of Caribou from the Yukon across the Arctic tundra over a period of 5 months! The husband and wife team of Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison (wildlife biologist and environmentalist, respectively) follow the caribou and demonstrate the challenges facing caribou in this region, with human invasion of the herd's 'space' near Alaska.
NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street) 4PM FREE
MUSIC | Wax Mannequin with Mayor McCa + Doctor Ew @ The Drake
An interesting lineup at The Drake tonight! Three artists who have a unique take on the singer/songrwriter schtick. Hamilton's Wax Mannequin (aka. Chris Adeney) will deliver his folk-meets-the absurd by way of Zappa.... Mayor McCa, also from the Hammer (where he once ran for mayor), now recently relocated to the UK, will deliver a one man show of unique songwriting and showmanship. Capping off the lineup is Doctor Ew, the alter-ego of Drew Smith from the Toronto band The Bicyles.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 8PM $10
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