Radar: Subspace "BladeRunner," Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day, Plan B, Night Terrors, Onyx, Buskerfest, WrestleCrisis, Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays, Lina Allemano and Peggy Lee
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH
CULTURE | SUBSPACE "BladeRunner"
Tonight, there's a SubSpace event at The Great Hall that could only be described as "futuristic fetish"! The "Blade Runner" vibe is the official aesthetic of the evening, specifically the act of "cutting" - body modification as a ritual, an act of initiation, or for sexual enhancement. An eye-popping fashion show by alterno-clothiers Futurestate will go down, as well as plenty of music spun by DJs Paul Savage and Pulse Plant. It promises to be an evening that will be impossible to 'replicate'.
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) 10PM $10
FUNDRAISER | Vintage Vinyl Party & Sale
Vinyl's back, and it's ready to party! That's definitely the case if you pop by the Ryerson Student Centre Building this aft. There's a vintage vinyl party and sale going down to raise funds for CKLN, and the station's DJs will be spinning while you search out that gem that's been evading your collection for years. Not only does the huge collection of records for sale have history, but so does this great radio station - CKLN has been delivering music to avid listeners for decades, and has always been a vital source of underground music, and culture in this great city. This is a great chance to feed your vinyl habit, and support an important Toronto institution.
Ryerson Student Centre Building (55 Gould Street) 11AM $5 (9am preview admish: $10)
CULTURE | Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day
Come and celebrate "Salsa In The City Square" for the 16th annual Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day! You know there will be great music: Yani Borrell y Los Clave Kings, Pablo Terry and Sol de Cuba, and Tumbao will be providing the Cuban dance groove to get you moving. There will also be free Salsa lessons, displays, a beer garden, and eats from La Cubanita Restaurant! Come and check out this great free event put together by the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association.
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West) 1PM FREE
MUSIC | Plan B - Chencho Y Maldy
The dynamic Puerto Rican duo of Chencho and Maldy, aka Plan B, hits The Sound Academy tonight for their first Toronto appearance. Their style is described as "reggaeton", and if you're not already hip to that genre, it hails from their home zone of Puerto Rico, and is a new hybrid of Carribean music, hip hop, reggae, soca and dancehall. Their latest release, last Summer's "House Of Pleasure" spawned the hit "Si No Le Contesto," and a few different remixes of that tune have been going strong on global dance floors, as well.
Sound Academy (11 Polson Street) 7PM $55
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SATURDAY RADAR
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH
FESTIVAL | Scotiabank Buskerfest
The 12th annual Buskerfest has been in full swing since Thursday, and today is the last day of this Scotiabank-sponsored street festival in support of Epilepsy Toronto. This is far from your average TO street fest - it's a wild mashup of spectacular street-performers, ranging from acrobats, dancers, fire breathers, jugglers, and more to musical
performances. There won't be a dull moment at this event, which runs until 8pm this evening!
St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, 11am FREE
FILM | 9th WONDER "THE WONDER YEAR" Canadian Premiere Film Screening!
This documentary follows a year in the life of producer 9th Wonder. This production wunderkind came into his own when he did an unofficial remix of Nas' "God's Son," which spread the word online about his skills. Since then, things have been soaring, via collabs with Jay Z, Destiny's Child, De La Soul, Mary J Blige, and so on! This film will follow 9th Wonder through studio sessions, and his day-to-day routine. There will be a Q & A with the man himself, as well as director Kenneth Price. An after party at Pacha Lounge follows.
The Royal Theatre (608 College Street) 6:30PM $20 (includes after party cover @ Pacha Lounge)
MUSIC | Onyx LIVE in TORONTO
Famed hip hop group, Onyx, hailing from Queens, NY, hits town tonight, for what will be a jam-packed hip hop showcase. These guys have been at it since the late '80s, and are made up of explosive personalities SuavĂŠ, Sticky Fingaz, and Fredo Star. Their 1992 single, "Throw Ya Gunz" was a Number One hit, and put these guys on the radar in the UK, too. Their later album, 1998's "Shut 'Em Down" had a bunch of guest rappers, including DMX, and a first ever recorded appearance for 50 Cent! There's plenty on this bill tonight, including openers Hassassin and Mr. Q, plus DJ Law, DJ VIP, DJ Matic, and many more.
The Annex Wreck Room (794 Bathurst Street) 9:30PM $30
CULTURE | WrestleCrisis: Returns!
It's all about "Combat Opera" - that's the name of the game at WrestleCrisis: professional wrestling with an emphasis on the sport's inherent 'drama'.... But don't utter the expression "drama queen" anywhere near the ring, or your days are numbered! This is a special edition that wil feature a "Gotham City Street Fight", "Mushroom Kingdom Flagpole Match", and much more wrestle-centric madness that you won't want to miss! Check it out, and be there when the bell rings!
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 4PM $15
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SUNDAY RADAR
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