Radar: Twilight Zone Tribute Party, Book Works, Red Bull Mini Drome, Big It Up's 15th Anniversary, Sojay, Canada Salsa Congress, Bollywood stand-up, Business Woman's Special, Norvaisa, AA Warehouse Sale
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH
CLUBS | Twilight Zone Tribute Party 2011 w/ HOUSE MUSIC LEGEND Robert Owens
Downtown TO's 'club district' didn't always exist as it does today. One of the first clubs to stake out some ground in that area was The Twilight Zone - in the early '80s! This club was a revolutionary after-hours meeting place that housed the city's most happening sound system, and held a variety of different nights that each served a unique counter-culture clientele. Tonight's tribute at Revival will focus on the proto-House and Dance sounds that went down on Friday and Saturdays at The Zone back in the day. The club's original owners, the Assoon Brothers will be hosting, and there will be a variety of DJs, including special guest, House "legend" Robert Owens.
Revival Bar (783 College Street) 10PM $30 door / $20 advance
MUSIC | FORTNIGHT PRESENTS: MODERN FIELD RECORDINGS, LOWLANDS and HEATHER&JAGUAR
The Cameron House is the place to be tonight to catch Guelph's Modern Field Recordings. This is a group with a captivating sound that is gathering quite a following, considering they only put out their second album, "We Got Ur Back" very recently, and have only been together since 2009. Their sound strikes the listener right away as what might be called "indie folk", which is an awkward way of describing that special blend of acoustic instruments, folk arrangements and dynamics, and lyrics and vocals that might be influenced by the post-rock or even post-punk worlds. They are joined on the bill tonight by Graham Nicholas, and Heather & Jaguar.
The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West) 9:30PM $7
ART | Ken Nicol's "Book Works" at Type Books
Another wonderful instance of "art meets literature"! Artist Ken Nicol's "Book Works" makes up the latest installment in Type Books' Platform Series, which has been gracing the store's windows in installation form the last little while. The idea for the series is to have artists transform and utilize the space to display their works, and also pay tribute to any literature that may have inspired them. Nichol's work will also extend into the store itself, where the artist's "Legendary Series" will be displayed. Tonight Type Books is having a reception that is open to the public, and a chance to meet the artist.
Type Books (883 Queen Street West) 6PM FREE
MUSIC | Norvaisa & Friends @ The Garrison
Norvaisa is a new project helmed by Todd Macdonald (The Winks), and will be joined by a few other interesting acts tonight at The Garrison. Norvaisa's sound is an interesting hybrid of lush ambient soundscapes, with delay drenched mandolin and guitar figures, and bone-dry and fragile vocals in the forefront - quite evocative. Also playing tonight is Rory Lavelle, a singer/songwriter with a plaintive vibe, whose voice sounds very much like Tim Booth's. Two other acts, Sarah Mangle Buys A Bear, and Sinuous Wig will also add to your musical experience.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 8:30PM $5
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SATURDAY RADAR
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
FUNDRAISER | Rave-O-Lution Documentary Fundraiser
Rave-O-Lution is back at the Mod Club tonight, delivering a party old-school style! There's a special mission on the agenda tonight, too: Ondine Hayes is putting together a documentary about the '90s rave scene, entitled "Rave-O-lution", and proceeds from tonight's event will help make her project happen! The DJ lineup for tonight includes: Dr. Trance, Gio & Shine, Mike Conradi, Elixir, Switchbass, and Aquarius Soundcrew. There will be visuals, poi action, plus lights and toys available for purchase, and more.
Mod Club Theatre (722 College Street) 9PM $15
MUSIC | Grey Kingdom, Baby Eagle & Nordic Nomadic @ The Horseshoe
Some cool, community-minded rockers converging at the Horseshoe for a great night of music tonight! Grey Kingdom is an interesting project with an amazingly together sound. Their new album, "Eulogy Of Her And Her And Her" features steel guitar, background pads and drones, and reverb-laden vocals that sound a bit like Matthew Sweet. Nordic Nomadic have all of the melodic and psychedelic goodness you would expect from a Quest For Fire side project, and Baby Eagle sound like they're influenced by many post-punk greats, but with guitar stylings reminiscent of an angry Richard Thompson. You can get in tonight for $5 if you bring a "canned good" that will be donated to the Parkdale Community Food Bank. Should be rockin'
The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) 8PM $8 / $5 with donation
COMEDY | Bollywood Stand-up with Nitin Mirani
The Indian born and Dubai raised Nitin Mirani has a global perspective on current events, culture and politics, and with all this filtered through a seasoned sense of humour - there's a surefire recipe for laughs! Crystal Ferrier, a local comic personality, will join Mirani onstage to take things up a notch. This is a great way to spend a few hours and have some laughs in the late afternoon, and you can still make it to a family Thanksgiving dinner!
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square (350 King Street West) 4PM
MUSIC | Fred Spek's CaMp CoMbO at The Tranzac
Hornman Fred Spek rolls out his Camp Combo craziness tonight at the Tranzac. There are some great players in this band, who get a chance to stretch out and get in touch with their "wacky" side. Along with Spek, the band features Great Bob Scott on drums, Margaret Stowe on guitar, and Rachel Melas playing acoustic bass. Come and enjoy a show with a very eclectic musical selection, and some cool surprises!
The Tranzac (292 Brunswick) 5PM PWYC
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SUNDAY RADAR
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