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Radar: Bon Iver, Love Em Or Hate Em, Fiddlehead Summer Fiction, God Is An Astronaut + Ken Reaume, Elvis Monday, From Page to Screen Film Festival

MUSIC | Bon Iver
A much anticipated show goes down tonight at the Sound Academy with American alt-folk outfit, Bon Iver. This group, led by Justin Vernon, released a self-produced debut, (recorded by Vernon alone in a cabin in Northern Wisconsin) back in 2007, and things kind of went 'viral' for this project. One 'blog after another spread the word about Bon Iver, then a very favourable Pitchfork review sealed the deal, and the group were signed to the Jagjaguwar label, and began to play all the big festivals and make notable TV appearances. The second Bon Iver album (self titled) was just released this past June, and is likely to make up the focus of tonight's performance which will be very well-attended.
Sound Academy (11 Polson Street) 8PM $35-45

FILM | Love Em Or Hate Em: MORE Controversial Directors in Nayman's Terms
Tonight is the final installment in a series called "Media Mondays", a survey of controversial directors, with film clips and lectures by Adam Nayman. Nayman has been a regular contributor to The Grid (formerly Eye magazine), and other publications such as LA Weekly, The Village Voice, and Cinema Scope. Think of this event as that film course in contemporary cinema you always wanted to audit, but were never able to work it into your schedule. You can do it tonight, and it will be a good one, with Woody Allen, Luis Brunuel, Lars Von Trier and Michael Haneke as the topics of discussion and analysis.
Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue) 7PM $12 (or 2 for 1) / Students $6

LITERATURE | Fiddlehead Summer Fiction Review
The Fiddlehead is a Canadian literary magazine that was originally established as a journal in 1945 to document and showcase the work of the Bliss Carman Poetry Society, and became a magazine 'proper' in 1952. Tonight is the official launch of Fiddlehead's Summer Fiction Issue, and authors Leon Rooke, Rebecca Rosenblum, Kathleen Brown, and Mark Anthony Jarman will be in attendance, and sharing some of their featured work.
The Dora Keogh (141 Danforth Avenue) 7PM FREE

MUSIC | God Is An Astronaut + Ken Reaume
Irish instrumental 'post-rock' group, God Is An Astronaut land at Lee's Palace tonight. This band has been at their game since 2002, and deliver what they refer to as a "full audio visual show", by projecting a prepared video sequence designed specifically for each song. The "instrumental rock" genre is as old as rock itself, and has been a tough battle for many bands, but these guys have spearheaded an interesting strategy to give audiences a strong visual component to digest that might normally be filled by a lead singer. They are joined on the bill by local singer/songwriter, Ken Reaume.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor Street West) 8PM $15

OTHER EVENTS ON OUR RADAR

Elvis Monday
Artful Vandelays play The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern!
Lionheart, I Declare War + Guests
From Page to Screen Film Festival
Short & Sweet Weekly

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