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Radar: Toronto Christmas Market, Photorama 2011, Everything & Everyone Movie Premiere, CACTUS No. 1 Magazine Launch Party, The Young Novelists CD Release Show

HOLIDAYS | Toronto Christmas Market
An old world-style European Christmas market begins this afternoon in the Distillery District, where the romance of historic brick buildings and cobblestone streets creates a magical holiday atmosphere. This annual event will showcase handicrafts by local artisans as well as performances by musicians, beer and wine gardens, a large Christmas tree and this year, a ferris wheel for an optimal view of the Distillery decked out in lighting and dĂŠcor. The market will be open until Sunday, December 18th.
The Distillery Historic District 12PM Free

PHOTOGRAPHY | Photorama 2011
Now in its 25th year, Photorama returns this evening with over 90 artists displaying and selling contemporary works to raise funds for Gallery TPW's programming and community building events. Selected by Gallery TPW's Board of Directors, this year's roster of photographers includes names like Edward Burtynsky, Carole CondĂŠ and Karl Beveridge. With prices well below $600 for one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces, this event is an excellent opportunity for first-time buyers to support local artists and culture while starting their collections. Photorama 2011 is free and open to the public.
Gallery TPW (56 Ossington Avenue) 5:30PM Free

FILM | Everything & Everyone Movie Premiere
Tracy D. Smith's award-winning film Everything & Everyone is a Canadian tale about three generations of family coping with life, love and loss. Premiering tonight at The Projection Booth, the film, starring Ryan Robbins, Gabrielle Rose, Lane Edwards and Chad Willett, has won several awards at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Montreal Image + Nation Festival. The indie comedy-drama will run on a one-week engagement only.
The Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard Steet East) 7PM $8

MEDIA | CACTUS No.1 Magazine Launch Party
The inaugural issue of the print-only Cactus Magazine will launch this evening with a party at Hunter & Cook Projects. The issue will feature interviews with curator Steven Loft, photographer Isaac Applebaum and Brazillian graffiti artist Alexandre Orion along with images and designs from Rebecca Fin Simonetti. This hand-assembled mag is a tactile and sensory experience, according to its creators, that will focus on art, design and ideas in its semi-annual issues. The launch party will feature beer and entertainment for all who to attend.
Hunter & Cook Projects (1082 1/2 Queen Street West) 6:30PM Free

MUSIC | The Young Novelists CD Release Show
Folk rock indie band Graydon James & The Young Novelists are a Toronto-based band that have received incredible support and praise from CBC Radio 3. Formed in August 2009, the band has recently completed their full-length live album Live at Dublin St. Church and is releasing the record with a show at Cameron House tonight. The band hits the stage at 11PM for their solo show before heading to Montreal but this won't be the last of them--The Young Novelists are heading into the studio this winter with producer Chris Stringer, who has worked with Ohbijou and Timber Timbre, to start recording a full-length studio album.
Cameron House (408 Queen Street West) 10:30PM Free

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