Radar: Skrillex with 12th Planet, Fresh at Twenty, Hollywood Zombie Ball, X AVANT New Music Festival VI, Hollerado, Iron & Wine, International Festival of Poetry of Resistance, I Choose Chaos
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15TH
MUSIC | Skrillex with 12th Planet, Nadastrom & Two Fresh
Get your "wob wob" ready, because there's a whole whack of dubstep vibes waiting for you tonight at the Kool Haus! This show could even be promoted as a North American "dubstep conference" because two of the biggest musical acts going that pump out these kind of beats will be under one roof. 12th Planet is the stage moniker of John Dadzie, an LA-based DJ and producer, who is considered by many to be the US ambassador to the London-born dubstep style, and his tracks display a seasoned and mature take on this music. 12th Planet brings other influences and sonic directions to the table, as well, that keeps things very fresh. Skrillex has been tearing it up big on the world-wide fest circuit this year, and is on everyone's list. Expect some interesting collab action to happen onstage, as a quick YouTube search will reveal that 12th Planet and this former From First to Last frontman have got a good thing going on when they make music together, and crowds definitely dig it. Also on the bill tonight are Nadastrom and Two Fresh.
Kool Haus (132 Queen Quay East) 7PM $30
BOOKS & LIT | Fresh at Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records
How can you not love a book event that goes down in a record shop? This afternoon, author Kaitlin Fontana will join Chandler Levack in conversation, discussing her new non-fiction work, "Fresh At Twenty: The Oral History of Mint Records". This book traces the history of the well-known Vancouver-based record label that began in 1991, and was home to many releases by influential artists, such as Lou Barlow, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, Pansy Division, The Sadies, and many more. There will be a book signing, as well as a Q & A following the discussion with the author.
Soundscapes (572 College Street) 4PM FREE
CULTURE | Hollywood Zombie Ball'
Subspace brings us an early taste of Halloween tonight! The Hollywood Zombie Ball will challenge you to strut your best zombie stuff: the most ghoulish costume will win tickets to the Halloween Fetish Ball that goes down October 29th at The Opera House. This evening's bash will be packed to the brim with music from the dark side: DJ Paul Savage will be in the house, with a gaggle of guests, including Dreamstate Seven, Warmuffin, and Mystique. There will also be a special midnight screening of a new video, "Starlight", by local dark-alt-electro band The Hollywood Death Squad. Be sure to dress up for this one - Zombies get in for half price!
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) 10PM $10/$5 for Zombies
MUSIC | X AVANT New Music Festival VI: "Tales of Two Cities"
Tonight is the launch of this year's X Avant New Music Festival, hosted by the Music Gallery. This is the festival's sixth year, and its mandate is to feature a wide range of contemporary and experimental music. Tonight's bash will feature a special lineup co-curated with Breakandenter, a "techno collective", including well-known European electronic music makers, Junction SM. This is Junction SM's first Toronto appearance, and some special guests are expected to join the party. The festival runs until the 23rd.
SPK (206 Beverly Street) 9PM $30 / Free to Music Gallery members
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SATURDAY RADAR
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH
BOOKS & LIT | International Festival of Poetry of Resistance
Today is the last day of this year's International Festival of Poetry of Resistance. This is the festival's third year, and they are focusing on the Palestinean struggle, as well as the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Latin America. Today's events include a poetry showcase by novice poets, the drafting of a festival declaration, a panel discussion, and several dance and poetry performances.
The Steelworkers Hall (25 Cecil Street) 10M to 9PM FREE
MUSIC | JACUZZI BOYS w/ TEENANGER & THE MEAT
There's a great lineup of raw and slightly retro rock tonight at Parts & Labour! Florida rockers Jacuzzi Boys have an aggressive and melodic sound that seems to have '60 pop nuggets and the Ramones as influences. Teenager describes their sound as "Rob Ford Rock" - you must come out to figure this one out! Mystics are based in the Hammer, and have a true 'garage' approach that also digs in like The Who or The Kinks with distorted vocals to take things over the top. Also on the bill are The Meat, who will satisfy any carnivorous rock cravings you have going!
The Shop under Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West) 9PM $9
FILM | I Choose Chaos
Kevin Lane's psychological thriller, "I Choose Chaos", will close out this year's Moving Image Film Festival, which began on Friday. The festival aims to showcase and blend all genres of new film as a "world community", and includes a foreign film making contingent. Events linked to the festival will include workshops, awards ceremonies, and of course, plenty of screenings. Tonight's screening of "I Choose Chaos" is part of a three-hour lineup entitled "Toronto Nights III Showcase: The Living City", and will be preceded by three other films. The film's cast and crew will be in attendance for a Q & A.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 10PM
MUSIC | Reaction: Alex Bien, Wander Birds and Clementine is My Sunshine
"Reaction" is the name that the folks at Jamtastic Music have given to their Sunday night showcases at Sneaky Dee's, and the reaction has been... quite favourable! Every Sunday finds a unique, carefully chosen lineup, that is ready to rock! Various genres including funk, reggae, psychedelic, folk, and more work together to bring you an awesome night of music! Tonight, Alex Bien Band, Wander Birds, Wide-Eyed Tour Guide, and Clementine is My Sunshine will deliver the goods!
Sneaky Dee's (431 College Street) 9PM $7
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SUNDAY RADAR
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