Radar: Annie Mac, Promise Warehouse Halloween, Wavelength Halloween, Sultans of String, Goin' Steady, Skalloween, Kevin Hearn & Thinbuckle, Lioness with Spookey Ruben
Halloween is on the horizon. For a guide to Halloween-themed parties and events in Toronto over and above those listed below, check out our complete guide here.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
PARTY | Promise Warehouse Halloween
Everyone loves a good warehouse party, and when combined with the festive, spooky vibe that a Halloween bash carries with it, you've got a night to reckon with! This is one warehouse shindig that will be well attended, and should rock pretty hard! The curators of this event are definitely tapped in to some great music sources, like Jokers of the Scene, Rachel Sehl, and other dance floor manipulators with demonic sonic powers - watch out! There will be two rooms to enjoy, and a photo booth to take your spookiness home for the record. Very scary fun!
Pia Bouman Ballet School (6 Noble Street) $30 10PM
FILM | Wavelength Halloween with Corpusse Film Screening & Performance!
Wavelength has put together an eerie event for us this evening - a screening of Malcolm Fraser's "Corpusse: Surrender to the Passion," plus a Corpusse performance, and a dance party to follow. The subject of Fraser's documentary is Corpusse, the musician-cum-cult figure from Montreal, who seems to defy categorization, though adjectives and descriptors abound that indicate this act might not be for the 'faint of heart', and that both the grotesque and occult are hard at work here. If Rue Morgue gives Corpusse two bloody thumbs-up, then this is made-for-Halloween material! This is Fraser's second music documentary, and should be great! The funky folks from Invisible City Sound System will be spinning the spooky decks later on to keep your booty shaking, and not just from fright, but from some deep groovage!
Cinecycle (129 Spadina Avenue) 10PM $15
MUSIC | Sultans of String - MOVE - CD Release Concert
The Sultans Of String launch their third album, "Move" tonight. This ensemble is essentially a "super group" of players who come together, glued by their common global influences, such as the music of the East fused with jazz, roots, and folk. These guys are a joy to watch, and make having heavy chops on your instrument look like no big deal! Their individual sounds have graced the recordings and shows of people like Jesse Cook, The Chieftains, Chantal Kreviazuk, and many more. This project is greater than the sum of its parts, and has gathered quite a few accolades in the relatively short time its been together, including a Juno nomination. Tonight's show is part of a much larger tour extending into the Spring of 2012, but this one will be special, as it's on home turf, and some special guests will take things up a notch, to be sure.
Trinity St. Paul's Centre (427 Bloor Street West) 8PM $20
CLUBS | WRONGBAR HALLOWEEN 2011 | Disco of the Dead with Annie Mac
Wrongbar does it again, bringing world class DJ talent to TO. BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac will drop some ghoulish beats at tonight's hoe-down dubbed, "Disco of the Dead". This Irish gal has a solid track record for uncovering the hippest tracks with a groove, and her very well-known "Mash-Up" show has displayed her talent at blending these sonic treasures. Some people earn the rep of "tastemaker," and in this case - rightfully so! Annie Mac has had her finger on the culture pulse for quite a while, and will certainly make sure this party gets started right! Filthy Gorgeous and Lucie Tic are tonight's guests.
Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West) 9PM $15
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SATURDAY RADAR
SUNDAY OCTOBER 30TH
CULTURE | HĂRRORHAĂS
Where else could you want to be the night before Halloween, but in a haunted mansion? Hopefully, Horrorhaus is the closest most humans will get to that experience! Spadina House will be transformed into a house of horrors to take this Hallow-weekend's adrenal levels over the top! The petrifying peak of the evening will be the "spectral seance" which just might bring some spooky sights into your sphere. There will be a prize for the best costume, so be sure to wear one!
Spadina House (177 Spadina Road) 7PM
MUSIC | Skalloween: Ninja Funk Orchestra, Random Order, Down by Riverside
The folks at Jamtastic have your night before Halloween nicely sorted for you! "Skalloween" promises to be a bouncy, scary, good time! The Ninja Funk Orchestra, who made a nice splash at this Summer's Beaches Jazz Fest, will be in the house, keeping the joint safe by ghostbusting with their special primal funk powers. Random Order and Down by Riverside are also on the bill tonight, and they will each keep up the groove in their own way. There will be a prize for best costume, so don't be shy!
Sneaky Dee's (431 College Street) 9PM $10
FILM | Haunted Halloween featuring Evil Dead 2!
A frightful night at the movies awaits you this evening! Sam Raimi's horror classic "Evil Dead 2" will be screened tonight in all its 35mm glory - a special treat in itself. This film was a minor success in its day, and received more critical praise than would generally be expected from a film of this kind, and put Raimi on the map of directors to watch out for. That being said, this isn't your regular movie night on many levels! The place is going to be decked out in a most spooky fashion, and there will be contests, a performance by The Underground Peep Show, and much more.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 8PM $10
MUSIC | Lioness with Spooky Ruben, The Wizard of Rock & Tim McCready
A terrifyingly good lineup tonight at Parts & Labour - the "Devil's Night Bash" goes down! Lioness will get you moving with their perfect blend of electronic edge and live energy: this female fronted trio is a force to be reckoned with! Also on the bill are Spooky Ruben: a long-time local favourite, The Wizard Of Rock, who will deliver some must-behold and always riveting rock 'n' roll drama, and Tim McCready is along for the ride, too! DJs Jubal Brown & Ankixa Risk will spin for your ear-joyment, as well. Wear a costume!
Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West) 9PM $5
FILM | Get Animated!
Get Animated! brings you some of Canada's finest (and funniest!) animation. See the Prairies from the crowded back seat of a car, enter the miraculous world of spirits, and be dazzled by a celebration of music and colour. The NFB is bringing the magic of animation to Toronto, with two exclusive screening programs - including one for families. Get Animated! marks World Animation Day with an amazing selection of films: From boldly experimental to flat-out funny, there's something for everyone. Add workshops showing how to make your own animated films and meet-the-director sessions, and you've got a truly irresistible series of events - all absolutely free.
NFB MEDIATHEQUE, 150 John Street (at Richmond Street West), 416-973-3012
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