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Radar: Small World In The Square, Derrick Carter, Word on the Street, 100,000 Poets For Change, Goin' Steady, Roaring Through The '20s, Yuck, On The Other Side, Pedestrian Sundays, Ofra Harnoy & Anton Kuerti


MUSIC | Small World In The Square
The Small World Music Festival began on Thursday, and you can check our official Radar overview here. There's no doubt, though, that the fest's peak is this aft and evening at Yonge-Dundas Square. This event, dubbed "Small World In The Square", could be the biggest Small World event yet, with about 10 hours of music on a huge stage in a prime location! Local world-fusion mainstays such as Autorickshaw and Eccodek will be on-board, and imports such as groove and blend maestro Quantic from the UK, Luisa Matta from Brazil, Chinese ensemble A Moving Sound, and others will take this one over the top! There will also be workshops and demos going on in an InterAction Workshop Tent to add an extra dimension to your experience.
Yonge-Dundas Square 1PM FREE

CLUBS | DERRICK CARTER (Classic, BHQ - Chicago)
Fans of vintage House will be stepping out to Footwork tonight! One of the genre's pioneers, Derrick Carter, is in town! Carter, a Chicago native, is an internationally respected DJ and House producer, and was part of the later phase of the original House scene in Chicago that spread the sound worldwide. Carter has also done extensive work as a remixer for well-known acts. He'll be joined tonight by The Loopity Goofs, Mike Gleeson, and Baby Joel.
Footwork Nightclub (425 Adelaide Street West) 10PM

LITERATURE | 100,000 Poets For Change
Can poetry change the world? 100,000 Poets For Change thinks so! This a global event taking place today in 550 cities across the world, and in 95 countries! The core of the event's philosophy is that this artform helps build communities, which brings about solidarity, which can then empower us to take on the real issues: social justice, the environment, etc. There are a number of events planned across the city today, beginning with a 10:30am pwyc brunch at The House Of Lancaster on Bloor Street. This venue is not on anyone's top 10 TO resto lists, to be sure, but you're in it for the readings and performances (poetry oriented!) that will be going down, with proceeds going to the poets and performers, Savards Shelter for Women, and the Perth/Dupont Library.
Various Locations from 10:30am to 11pm FREE

If you think the 'legit' gallery scene is too stuffy, and are well aware that "art" is actually "party" minus the "p" and "y", then this event might be for you! It's all about supporting local artists, getting loaded, dancing, and joie de vivre.... or something like that. Featured artists are: Hans Poppe, Bobby Lawn, Jimmy Chiale, Don Fitzgerald, and Sabrina Cuzzocrea. DJ talent abounds for this one, too: Max Le Daron, Gooffee, are in the house, with even more musical surprises on the bill. P-art-ay!
The PORT (1179 Dundas St West) 10PM free (before 11pm)



BOOKS & LIT | Word on the Street
Readers rejoice! The Word on the Street Festival returns to Queen's Park to indulge lit lovers with day-long celebration of the printed word. As usual there be lots of accomplished authors on hand, as well as small presses, zines and bookstores selling their wares in the marketplace area. You can attend one of the many readings taking place over the day, or simply talk up the literati bouncing about from booth to booth.
Queen's Park, 11AM-6PM, Free

CULTURE | "Roaring Through the 20s: The Evolution of the Art Deco Style"
ROM curator Peter Kaellgren will deliver an "illustrated talk" on the fabulous footwear from the "Roaring '20s". This is a period in North American cultural history that has achieved cult-like status in some circles, with its decadence, fashion, music, and burgeoning sexual liberation. But no period in history exists in a vacuum, and the origins of its style and fashion lie in Art Deco. Kaellgren will trace these influences and origins, and how the '20s put a little twist of their own on the whole affair.
Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West) 2PM $16

MUSIC | Yuck + Rival Boys @ The Horseshoe
Yuck is an awesome band from the UK that last rolled through town in April supporting Tame Impala. In the wake of that gig, there was far more chatter about Yuck than the headliner! Their melodic and distorto guitar sound that can vary from the edgy to pensive, is often compared to Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, but there are other things at work here, including a Pixies influence lying beneath the surface. Rival Boys opens the show.
The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) 8PM $13.50

ART | On the Other Side... Live Cinema with Gary James Joynes/Clinker
Presented as part of the Koffler gallery exhibition "Spin Off: Contemporary Art Circling the Mandala", "On The Other Side" finds Edmonton visual artist and sonic sculptor Gary James Joynes/Clinker inspired by the work of Leonard Cohen to create a transcendental mixed media performance that one could call "live cinema" . This work falls in line with the greater exhibitions theme of "the mandala" - a shape used in meditation that has qualities connected to the cosmos, as Joynes/Clinker will use sound and visuals to evoke a "deep listening" experience for the audience.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 7:30PM $12

CULTURE | Pedestrian Sundays
It's the penultimate PS Kensington of 2011! If you've never been, these Pedestrian Sundays happen the last Sunday of the month from May to October, and the streets are reclaimed by the people! No cars, no emissions, no exhaust to breathe in - it's a beautiful thing. Be sure to get out to the Market this aft, and take in the weather, sights and sounds: live music will fill the streets, and most businesses will have their doors open to the public. Today's theme is "Earth! Global Harvest Traditions". Enjoy!
Kensington Market 12 - 7PM FREE


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