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Radar: Moving Image Film Festival, Murder on Ossington, EstDocs 2011, Indie Week, Craftstock, 3rd International Festival of Poetry of Resistance

FILM | Moving Image Film Festival
Sci-fi, Can-Con, zombie and vampire flicks dominate at MIFF, the Moving Image Film Festival, which returns to Toronto tonight. One of the 75+ film festivals that happen in the city every year, MIFF's three days of screenings and awards focus on categories that usually fall into the periphery. Tonight, screenings take place at Toronto Underground Cinema, starting with seven short films at 7PM followed by features Anything Goes and The Collapsed. The final showcase features four films set in Toronto before the closing ceremony and award show.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 7PM $10 advance, $12 at the door

THEATRE | Murder on Ossington
Taking place in a secret location only revealed to ten audience members per performance, Murder on Ossington takes theatre to an uncomfortable, new place. Written and directed by Tom Arthur Davis and Alex Rubin, the story is based on the real events of the Ossington Avenue Murder, which plays a relevant role in the selection of the location. A violent and haunting performance that will be shown from several characters perspectives, Toronto collective Pandemic Theatre's Murder on Ossington will make audiences question the safety of their own homes. The show runs until the 30th.
Secret location 8PM PWYC

FILM | EstDocs 2011
EstDocs returns to Toronto for another year to show off some of the best in Estonian documentary films. Both an audience festival and a juried competition, screenings for the weekend festival take place across the city with opening night at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The films examine a variety of topics related to Estonia and Estonian life will, but because this is the 20th anniversary of the country's independence, a number will touch upon this theme in some way. Check out the full list of films here.
Opening Night, TIFF Lightbox (350 King Street West), 6pm (reception)

MUSIC | Indie Week 2011
Now in full swing, Indie Week musicians are ready to let loose with a packed schedule of shows happening at 13 venues across the city. Toronto metal band Laugh At The Fakes play the Velvet Underground (510 Queen Street West) tonight with Seattle openers Super Geek League while Alberta's Amy Heffernan performs at the War Child Benefit showcase at the Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West) with Toronto soul rock songstress Kendal Thompson, actress/singer Kate Todd and more. Check out Indie Week's website for more info on over 80 performances happening tonight.
Various locations 7PM $8-$10

MUSIC | Craftstock 3
Craftstock is where music and crafts collide. Not only will tons of great indie bands be performing at this all-night show but also there will be a DIY craft market on the premises with vendors like Shipwrecks and Bravery, The Sweetie Pie Press and Rogue Goat. Bands like Newmarket's indie rock Ruby Coast and Vancouver's indie poppers Oh No! Yoko will join Bon Chapeau, Brandon Barraclough, Wide Eyed Tour Guide and LUM to celebrate Indie Week in an even more indie way. Stop by Kensington Market tonight to catch the show and buy some handmade local goods!
Kapisanan Philippine Center For Arts and Culture (167 Augusta Avenue) 8PM $8

LITERATURE | 3rd International Festival of Poetry of Resistance
A festival to celebrate the poets that challenge dominant political structures, the 3rd International Festival of Poetry of Resistance is dedicated to oppressed people worldwide, who are unable to have their voices heard. This evening is the gala opening of the festival, which will feature performances by poets Katharine Beeman, Daniel del Solar, Carlos Angulo Rivas and more as well as presentations and poetry readings to honour the Cuban Five. Dancing, dinner and raffles will also take place and the festival will continue through the weekend with poetry readings and discussions. The festival events are free and open to everyone in the community.
The Steelworkers Hall (25 Cecil Street) 5PM $15 donation suggested


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