Radar: NuJazz Festival Launch, Deadmau5, Crystal Castles, MSTRKRFT, Entire Cities, The Loom, TAR Magazine Launch Party, Sleepwalk Guitar Fest, Occupy Cadillac Lounge, Literary Death Match
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
MUSIC | Nujazz Festival: SLIM MOORE & THE MAR-KAYS, Soul Motivators + GE
Tonight, some sweet soul sounds will get the 4th annual NuJazz Festival off to a smokin' start! NuJazz is all about the expansion of jazz into modern musical territory, and this is happening with the fusion of this historic genre with electronics, soul, world music, DJ culture and more. Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays have a big, vintage sound that evokes The Temptations, and other '60s "progressive" Soul greats who adopted new sounds into their art, moving the music forward without shedding an ounce of groove. The Soul Motivators are also on the bill, with a stripped-down, retro soul-jazz vibe that will lock you into the pocket. DJ General Eclectic will also be in the house. The festival continues with select shows at various venues until November 20th.
El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue) 9:30PM $15
FILM | UNITY Documentary Screening
The power of music to do good for society is the message of "Unity: Hip Hop's Next Chapter," a special doc being screened tonight at The Rhino. This message has been with us for generations, and here the story takes place in Toronto, following the progress of the youth-oriented charity, Unity. This organization has been using music, and specifically hip hop, to give urban youth a means of self-expression and communication. Word.
The Rhino (1249 Queen Street West) 7PM
MUSIC | Entire Cities, The Loom (NYC) & Del Bel
Toronto's premium alt-folk outfit, Entire Cities, are hosting a cool show tonight in a relatively new venue - Placebo Space. The Loom, from Brooklyn, will be playing a set of their chamber folk that has earned big thumbs up from The New Yorker, Paste Magazine (who featured them in their "Best of What's Next"), and more. They just launched their new CD, "Teeth". Also on the bill tonight is Del Bel, who somehow manage to fit in on this bill, yet are the most musically adventurous in many ways, moving from surf-rock sounds to organ kitsch, to some country shuffle and many other places, too. Looks to be an excellent night of music!
Placebo Space (1409 Bloor Street West) 9PM $5
CULTURE | I'll Be Dead by 27: TAR Magazine Launch Party
There's a new 'zine in town, and it will be launching tonight with a bang! TAR Magazine aims to be occupying the zone between the subversive 'zine culture and the higher ground of the "art book." Music and the levity of discourse with musicians will be the focus of this new venture. There will be plenty of live music in the house tonight to lend support through performance! Catch sets by Da Pink Noise, Rituals, Beliefs, and Elsa. DJ Snack will be spinning, and there will be photography and other 'zines available for examination and consumption.
Forgetus Collective (163 Sterling Rd #29) 8PM $6
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SATURDAY RADAR
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH
MUSIC | Sleepwalk Guitar Fest
This guitar-oriented fest began on Friday, and ends today. Celebrating all things guitar, there are some cool acts to catch here, though not all guitar-oriented genres are equally represented. A quick glance at the website will let you know where this event is coming from. Today, it's the "Sunday Afternoon Jam," with clinics hosted by Amos Garrett and Colin Cripps, interviews with various guitar slingers, a Country Jam, and a Blues Jam with Colin James. Turn it on, tune it up, and check it out!
The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) 11:30AM $40
MUSIC | Occupy Cadillac Lounge
Rock The Vote is putting this one together, folks. It's time to rock out, and have your say. A "Speaker's Corner" booth will be set up outside your fave Parkdale joint, and you will have ample opportunity to air your opinions. Seven bands will show some musical support for the Occupy Toronto movement: Black Turtle Dove, Alphabot, The Vibonics, Reed Holland, Sharing, Riot Club, and Jules Verne will all be playing. That's a whole whack of music! I'm surprised the word "stock" appended to the event name! Rock The Vote T-shirts will be available, with proceeds going both to the bands and the Occupy Toronto movement. R-occupy on!
Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen Street West) 9PM
FUNDRAISER | "Who Took the Bomp?" Le Tigre on Tour Documentary
Shameless Magazine has no shame whatsoever in putting on a cool fundraising event this evening. This screening of "Who Took The Bomp?" will be a real treat for fans of Le Tigre, as it is a documentary of the electro-clash band on tour. This rare screening will be introduced by two TO writers, Sarah Liss and Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, both culture mavens with strong feminist leanings who will surely lend some insight into this film, and how it relates to the mandate of Shameless Magazine, whose tagline reads "your regular dose of fresh feminism for girls and trans youth".
The Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard Street East) $15
BOOKS & LIT | Literary Death Match Toronto, Ep. 3
It's time for another Literary Death Match! Authors Ryan Kamstra, comic actor Lindy Zucker, and National Post book editor Mark Medley will have the daunting task of judging the fiercely bookish battle that will go down tonight. In the ring are Random House Canada's 2012 "New Face of Fiction", Grace O'Connell, Carolyn Black, Macleans' "CanLit Rookie of the Year", Rebecca Rosenblum, and Dani Couture, a Trillium Book Award for Poetry finalist! This could get ugly! Todd Zuniga and Julie Wilson will host this gripping read-off until the bitter end! May the best writer win.
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) 8PM $10
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SUNDAY RADAR
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