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Radar: Emma-Lee at NXNE, Book Summit 2011, $H!T Happens, 159 Manning BBQ 2011, Color Me Obsessed, 21 by 21, Toronto Queer Pride Slowdance

MUSIC | Emma-Lee at NXNE
Performing songs from her second album Backseat Heroine, due out this fall, Emma-Lee hits the NXNE stage tonight for her hometown audience. The blues-influenced folk-pop singer and songwriter has been slowly gaining momentum on the indie scene, all thanks to her willingness to pay her dues on Toronto stages. And it's been paying off--she has showcased at SXSW and has been getting air play on some mainstream radio stations, so it only makes sense that Toronto's darling is headlining her own show at NXNE this year.
The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue) 9PM $10 or Free with NXNE passes

LITERATURE | Book Summit 2011
An "all-you-can-eat" of reading, writing and publishing, Book Summit 2011 is a convention for writers, editors and the like. With discussions and workshops about the transformative nature of publishing, topics will include new formats, modes of delivery and technology. The keynote address by Lev Grossman, senior writer and book critic for TIME, will look at the past, present and future of publishing while a panel of three researchers will look at the repercussions of e-reading and the impact of reading fiction on humans (hint: it's really, really good).
Harbourfront Centre, Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queen's Quay West) 8:30AM Regular $145, Students/Seniors $75

DESIGN | $H!T Happens in Berlin
An exhibit about the creative forces at work in Berlin, experimenting with architecture, industrial and product design, curator Juergen Mayer H examines the artworks and installations that are transforming this once-broken city. $H!T Happens in Berlin is a traveling exhibit put together by the award-winning architect and Tyler Greenberg of Toronto's Relative Space, where the event is being held. 13 designers will have works on display and Johnny Hockin of MTV Canada will DJ for the evening.
Relative Space (365 Dupont Street) 7PM Free

COMMUNITY | 159 Manning BBQ 2011
Timothy Alexander McCready likes to throw house parties and everyone in the city is invited. Scott Cudmore and DJ OMGBLOG will spin between sets by local bands, including Ladies of the Canyon, Choir!Choir!Choir!, Ell V Gore, Buck 65 and others, that will take place on three stages throughout the house and expanded backyard space. Artwork by Allison and Lauren Knight will be on display and readings by Toronto writers Kate Carraway, Chris Randle, David Balzer and Chandler Levack will provide further entertainment at the all-day party that ends at 11PM sharp. Pigs on a spit, veggie burgers and cheap beers will be available to attendees. Party crashers not welcome; buy your tickets online before the event because there won't be any when you knock on Tim's door.
159 Manning Avenue 12:30PM $30

FILM | Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements
A documentary being described as the best music doc you'll ever see about a band you've never heard of, Color Me Obsessed pays homage to '80s indie rockers The Replacements without ever showing an image of the band members or playing a note of their music. The film boasts a large cast, including bands you have heard and celebrities you do know, all discussing why The Replacements are the last great punk band on Earth. The film focuses on interviews with fans of the band, allowing viewers to learn and feel their music through the commentary of the obsessed. Gorman Bechard's doc makes its Canadian debut tonight as part of the NXNE film roster with the director in attendance.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 8PM $10 or Free with NXNE passes

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