Toronto Halloween

Radar: DJ Shannon's Halloween Retro Romp, Music Movie Mondays Launch, Shelby Lynne, Planet Creature, Actually Halloween, Swollen Members & So Sick Social Club Halloween Party

If there's one dancefloor to rock on Halloween, this would be it! DJ Shannon has been helming the decks at The Dance Cave for many moons now, and has always focused on the dark, retro vibes from decades past, while keeping nicely current. Tonight's "Retro Romp" is bound to bring out more of the same, with some great classic tricks and treats. There will be prizes for best costumes (how did you guess?), and $3.50 drinks until the witching hour - should be good!
The Dance Cave (529 Bloor Street West, upstairs) 10PM FREE

MUSIC | Planet Creature, B17, Beliefs, DJs Tweed & Jeeks Halloween Show The Piston
Planet Creature headlines a Halloween show tonight at The Piston! This local 5-piece band has a strong retro sensibility, outputting jangly 60's-esque tunes in the vein of The Pleasure Seekers, and that kind of vibe. It's the kind of stuff that makes you want to pick up a tambourine! With B17 and Beliefs also on the bill, DJs Tweed & Jeeks in the house, and $3.75 pints of Steam Whistle at the ready, this could get out of hand quickly.
THE PISTON (937 Bloor Street West) 8PM $5

FILM | Music Movie Mondays Launch: Troll 2 screening
There's a new movie night in town, folks! The Cameron House will be starting its Music Movie Monday series in December, but the official launch is tonight with their screening of "Troll 2" and "Ghostbusters" which follows at 11pm - very festive Halloween fare, which helps us to overlook the fact that neither are music films. But hey, it's a celebratory launch, right? Besides, the series proper sticks with the mandate beautifully, beginning on December 5th with one of the greatest music docs of all time, "The Last Waltz," and continuing with the original mock-rock-doc, Spinal Tap the following week.
Cameron House (408 Queen Street West) 8PM $5

MUSIC | TWM & iM's Actually Halloween: Dream Jeff, Motherlode & The Bloody Five
It's a Halloween TWM showcase at Rancho! Bound to be scary good, in no small part because it's being put together with the help of the folks at The Indie Machine. Local band The Bloody Five will get the ball rolling, and they have a tight powerful sound that can range from raw to refined, but always melodic. Motherlode have the enviable middle slot tonight, and have promised a special selection of Halloween-oriented material - gotta love that! Tonight, Dream Jefferson will headline this one, and their killer live show and hip hop hybrid sounds will end things on a very high note!
Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street) 8:30PM $5

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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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