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Radar: Art Toronto 2011, Ghost Hole III, Death From Above 1979, Grinderhouse Halloween Party, Sheezer

ART | Art Toronto 2011
Toronto's largest contemporary and modern art convention opens tonight to the public with over 100 galleries showing. This 12th annual international art fair will feature exhibitors from 13 countries who bring along with them paintings, sculpture, video, installation art and more from top artists worldwide. Highlights include The Art Game, a life-size maze curated by Steven Loft and Collage Party, Paul Butler's collage-making event that has been running for over ten years. The event will also run presentations, panels, tours and screenings throughout the weekend.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West) 12PM $18 general, $16 online, $14 student/senior

ART | Ghost Hole III
A ghost hole is an area with a high concentration of paranormal activity and tonight, El Gordo's courtyard is that place. To celebrate Halloween, there will be performances by Zoë Alexis-Abrams and Minae Omi, short films including the aptly titled Ghost Hole, music by Making The Noise and John Milner Your So Boss and many more artistic happenings throughout the evening. Organized by The White House Studio, Whippersnapper and VSVSVS, Ghost Hole III's events will continue all weekend with more installations and a party on Saturday night and an open house on Sunday, with some events happening at The White House Studio (277.5 Augusta Avenue).
El Gordo Fine Foods (214 Augusta Avenue) 7:30PM $10 with costume, $15 without

MUSIC | Death From Above 1979 with Trust and Nightbox
Reuniting after a five-year break-up for a brief tour, Death From Above stop in to play Toronto's Sound Academy this evening. Though no new music has been announced, you can expect to hear songs from the formerly disbanded band's successful 2004 album You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, the 2002 EP Heads Up and 2004's Romantic Rights EP, which garnered the band a great deal of attention. Hope to hear their b-sides but come for the nostalgia before this short-lived punk rock band splits.
Sound Academy (11 Polson Street) 8PM $36

FILM | Grinderhouse Halloween Party
Forget slutty astronaut costumes (or whatever) and going to da club this Halloween because the Grinderhouse Halloween Party is screening a double bill of cult films along with a party that includes music and booze. The featured films are both premiering for the first time in Toronto, starting with The Millenium Bug, Kenneth Cran's 2011 horror sci-fi about a family hiding from the Y2K hysteria in the mountains where they are abducted by a hillbilly clan. The second film is the 2011 horror comedy Bong of the Dead, directed by Thomas Newman, which follows two best friends who use zombies as weed fertilizer to make the most of post-zombie apocalypse life. Sounds like a good time to us!
Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard Street East) 8:30PM $14

MUSIC | Sheezer
Here is everything you need to know about Sheezer: They're an all-female Weezer cover band and they're really, really good at what they do. The band that sticks to what they know and does it well will play Lee's Palace tonight with special guests The Elwins and Donlands & Mortimer. This band of ladies only plays the songs from Weezer's two 90s albums the 1994 self-titled "blue album" and 1996's Pinkerton (so don't even try to request "Beverly Hills"). Advance tickets are on sale at Soundscapes and Rotate This! Trust us, you don't want to miss this one.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor Street West) 9PM $10 advance, $12 at the door


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