Radar: Emm Gryner, The Chairs Are Where the People Go book launch, Examined Life, Calypso Stars Showcase, Ukulele Gaga & the Immaculate Collective
MUSIC | Emm Gryner at the Drake
The multi-talented Emm Gryner plays a much-anticipated show at The Drake tonight. As if being a skilled singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist weren't enough, she has also played in David Bowie's band, received two JUNO nominations, and has run her very own Dead Daisy Records for several years, which has released work by In Flight Safety, Royal Wood, and of course, Gryner herself. She has a new release dropping in September, Northern Gospel, so you can expect some sneak previews tonight, as well as some of her older gems. Tonight's "special guest" is Eden Hertzog.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 8PM $15
LITERATURE | "THE CHAIRS ARE WHERE THE PEOPLE GO" Book Launch
Tonight, the book launch for "The Chairs Are Where People Go: How To Live, Work, and Play in the City" by Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti goes down at The Garrison. This book touches on human interaction in many different ways. From thoughts on how different ethnic neighbourhoods are insensitively "hipsterized," to taking people into account when setting up chairs, there is a healthy dose of anthropology, psychology, and humour here to digest. Carl Wilson will conduct an interview/conversation at this evening's launch.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 7PM FREE
FILM | Favourites at Four presents Examined Life
Astra Taylor's documentary, "Examined Life" is this afternoon's feature at the NFB Mediatheque. This film follows eight modern philosophers around the streets of New York and other urban centres, discussing philosophy, and how various philosophical concepts apply to modern society at large. This film was favourably received by critics, and had several festival screenings internationally when it was released in 2008.
NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street) 4PM FREE
MUSIC | Calypso Stars Showcase
Calypso is a funky, uptempo music from Trinidad and Tobago, and is African and Caribbean in origin. This evening at Harbourfront, there is a free showcase of this great music, including soca artists, dancers, steelpan players, many other other guests, and the Calypso All Stars House Band led by Ossie Gurley. This kind of free festival is what Summer is all about, and having it take place by the water at Harbourfront makes it all the better!
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) 7PM FREE
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