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Radar: Opera Scenesters, Haptic Exchanges, Dragnet Mag Issue Four, Uber-SWAP, Los Campesinos!, Dylan Hennessy, Sunday Scene with Rosemary Donegan


MUSIC | Toy Piano Composers Present: Opera Scenesters
TO composer collective, Toy Piano Composers, presents its first concert of the New Year tonight at Heliconian Hall. This concert will consist of a collection of six opera scenes for piano and voice, hence the title, "Opera Scenesters." Under the direction of Erik Thor, these scenes will feature the piano accompaniment of Wesley Shen, and the vocal talents of Maureen Batt, Marta Herman, and Jeremy Ludwig, and a special appearance by flautist Katherine Watson.
Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue) 8PM $15

ART | Penelope Stewart: Haptic Exchanges
Penelope Stewart is a Toronto artist with a unique vision. Her exhibition "Haptic Exchanges" opens today at the Edward Day Gallery, and will feature work that has been on display in France, Buffalo, and here in Ontario. Stewart creates installations consisting of thousands of tiles created from beeswax that contain geometric images and designs that create a multi-sensory experience when witnessed first-hand.
Edward Day Gallery (952 Queen Street West Suite 200) 2PM

BOOKS & LIT | Dragnet Mag Issue Four Launch
Toronto online literary magazine, Dragnet, launches its fourth issue with a special bash tonight. Previous authors published in Dragnet have included Susan Musgrave, Jacob Wren, and J.R. Carpenter. There will be readings from the issue's contributors, plus a cash bar. After the readings, dancing is the order of the evening, and music will be provided by DJ ARP 2600 and DJ Devan Boomen. Who says it can't be fun to support your local literary scene?
Academy of the Impossible (231 Wallace Avenue) 8:30PM PWYC

Tonight it's NCKBRK Number 3, folks! This is a special event showcasing instrumental music that is progressive and cutting edge. Instrumental music that exists outside of the world of jazz or classical music has a steep hill to climb, existing often in niche scenes, or underground. It is usually the most die-hard music heads who see the completely engaging experience instrumental music can offer, without the need of a vocal to focus on, or use as a point of entry. Tonight's event will feature Sylvermayne, Taktiks, and Kaewonder. Prepare to be 'engaged'!
Jang Bang Bar (College Street) 9:30PM



MUSIC | Dylan Hennessy, Potpourri Avengers, Patrick Power Memorial Library
Another awesome Sunday night of music at Sneaky Dee's! This Sunday night series is brought to you by the guys from Jamtastic, even though they aren't using that moniker for this run of shows.... It's complicated, but the bottom line is they have an uncanny ability to discover new, happening bands, know how to put together an awesome lineup, and have given Sundays at Sneaky Dee's a new lease on life for quite a while now! Tonight it's Dylan Hennessy, Patrick Power Memorial Library, and Potpourri Avengers. Always worth checking.
Sneaky Dee's (431 College Street) 9PM PWYC

ART | Sunday Scene with Rosemary Donegan
If you have never been to a Sunday Scene at the Power Plant Gallery, it is an amazing opportunity to get some insight into what is going on at the gallery, coming straight from an individual with some prominence in the art world. This week's speaker is Rosemary Donegan, and she currently holds the position of Associate Professor at OCAD University, and held the position of Graduate Program Director of the Criticism & Curatorial Practice program. Her experience and knowledge of 'curating' will give her an excellent vantage point from which to deliver some insight on the current exhibition Stan Douglas: Entertainment - Selections from Midcentury Studio.
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (231 Queens Quay West) 1:30PM

MUSIC | Los Campesinos, Parenthetical Girls at Lee's Palace
Los Campesinos! the Welch band that isn't really Welch, but formed at Cardiff U in Wales, hits Lee's Palace tonight for the second in a two-night run! Their latest album, "Hello Sadness" came out at the end of last year, and they have been very busy on the road, and making all of the mandatory TV appearances along the way, such as their recent appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. They are joined on the bill by experimental popsters Parenthetical Girls.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor Street West ) 8PM $20

BOOKS & LIT | Plasticine Poetry - January 2012
The Plasticine Poetry series makes its first 2012 splash tonight at Paupers Pub in the Annex. Readings from Sonja Greckol, Aisha Sasha John, John Oughton, and Lisa Richter will be enjoyed. Click on the event link above for reader bios - they all seem like they will have something interesting to share! Cathy Petch will be our host tonight.
Paupers Pub (539 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor) 5:30PM


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