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Radar: Pressure Drop, What's In The Box Night 1, Flash Mob Silent Disco Skating Party, Alpine '86

MUSIC | Pressure Drop - feat. Anousheh, Brendan Canning, Iron Will, Senor Vishal
The tradition continues: the Boxing Day edition of Pressure Drop goes down tonight! As the name implies, this hang is about the rhythm, and reggae and all its cousins and offshoots will be the point of musical departure on the dancefloor. A host of local DJs will take the helm throughout the evening, including Anousheh, whose Move On Up night is a local fave, and Senor Vishal, the selector from the well-attended Turning Point series. Brendan Canning will also drop a set, and this isn't a local musical celeb being 'parachuted' onto a bill to create a buzz - not even close. This dude has been manipulating the platters since even before BSS was on your radar, and has been making an increasing number of DJ appearances as of late. Also in the house are Iron Will, Morningside 116, Chuck Boom, and Guv'nor General.
The Embassy Bar (223 Augusta Avenue) 8:30PM $5/non-perishable food donation

MUSIC | What's In The Box Night 1 w/ Buck 65, Grandtheft + more
The Drake Underground's "What's In The Box" is an informal festival of sorts that takes place between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, showcasing local talent and international acts that are passing through our fair city. Tonight, Toronto's finger-picking poet/songwriter Peirson Ross opens the show, then things will get a little heavier with Robotman. TO's energetic "melodic dance rock" four-piece, These Electric Lives continue the fun, with Canada's wordsmith guru from the East, Buck 65 carrying on, and Grandtheft will close the show. This event goes for five nights, with five unique lineups, and usually sells out so do arrive early to make sure you can check it out!
Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West) $5 7:30PM

DANCING | Flash Mob Silent Disco Skating Party at the Ryerson Rink
A unique get together on Ryerson Campus this evening! You are invited to arrive just after sunset with a pair of headphones, and a music player. The "silent disco" is an event that has been popping up more and more at music festivals in the US and out West, but has been around for a while in Europe. Essentially, the idea is that music is transmitted wirelessly from the DJ's station to headphones worn by everyone on the dancefloor. There are variations on this theme, including people programming their own music on personal players like iPods, and this is how tonight's event will work. The 'silent disco' certainly is a freaky thing to watch from an outsider's standpoint, but seems much more natural when you are part of the action. The organizers would like to remind you to dress appropriately, as this is happening outdoors.
Ryerson Image Arts Union (25 Gould Street) 6:30PM

PARTY | Alpine '86 / 80s Ski Party presented by Polar Piece
Ok, so we're a little 'snow challenged' this year - that is absolutely no reason to rule out a ski party! Cabin 5 has your action tonight, '80s style! Put on your Vuarnets, your Argyle sweater (with matching socks), acid-washed jeans, and make the scene. Your Boy Brian and The Frandiscos will supply the tunes you will need to party like it's 1989. There will be a prize for best costume, so make sure to arrive before midnight for your chance to win. This is your chance to pull those things out of the closet that would normally be a fashion liability, and make them work for you!
Cabin 5 (225 Richmond Street West) 9:30PM $10


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