Radar: Toronto Strip Spelling Bee, Take My Breath Away, Most People, Old English, Echo Echo, ElektroTank, Jeff Dywelska, catch23 Battle of the Bands

ENTERTAINMENT | Toronto Strip Spelling Bee
Ever play a game of strip poker with an audience? Buddies in Bad Times Theatre invites the brave, the willing and the slightly exhibitionist to do just that in a game of Strip Spelling Bee tonight with a live audience present. Clothing will come off in thirds, allowing the speller only three strikes until they're naked and out of the game. The winner and the best stripper will be rewarded with prizes and all spellers get in free! Alas, there's a no photos policy...
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street) 10:30PM $10

ART | Take My Breath Away: Landscape & Colour
In the drab months of winter, where our daily landscape is washed in white and bodies are bundled tightly under dark coats, colour is lost. Take My Breath Away is a group exhibit featuring the works of Maya Bar, Deganit Berest, Miriam Cabessa, Ilya Gefter, Shai Kremer, Alma Shneor and Merav Sudaey as they explore colour during white Canadian winters through various genres of art. This extensive show will feature paintings by the seven artists at the Julie M. Gallery in Distillery District until February 12th.
Julie M. Gallery (15 Mill Street) 11AM Free

MUSIC | Most People | Old English | Echo Echo | ElektroTank
The first showcase to kick off 2012, The Silver Dollar presents a full line-up for this evening's show that is all Toronto indie, all night. Kicking off the evening is newcomer ElektroTank, a digital electro pop solo act who will perform his first show tonight. Also included in the line-up are electro-rockers Old English and electro-pop duo Echo Echo, fresh off the release of their debut EP and headliners Most People will end the evening with a set at 12:20am. Be prepared for a late night of dancing to electro beats and auto-tuned vocals when doors open at 9PM.
The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Avenue) 9PM $7

ART | Jeff Dywelska - Final Frontiers
The often humorous works of Jeff Dywelska take on a new subject in Final Frontiers, reflecting on the suburban lifestyle of excessive consumption. Opening this evening at Communication Art Gallery, Dywelska's paintings are rife with social commentary on economic, environmental and societal matters that plague the outer areas of urban centres, such as the suburb the artist grew up in. The exhibit will be open form 5PM to 9PM tonight.
Communication Art Gallery (209 Harbord Street) 5PM Free

MUSIC | catch23 Battle of the Bands! (Festival of New Formats)
With the 3rd Festival of New Formats in full swing, Comedy Bar is tweaking the formula tonight by kicking out the comedians and bringing in the bands. This free event will pit performers like David Dineen-Porter, Morgan Waters and Tyler Stewart against acts like Wordburglar, Laura Barrett and Maggie MacDonald to determine the champion of the battle of the bands. Judge Carl Wilson of The Globe and Mail will make the decision before the evening is turned back over to the comedians at 10PM. As always, all events at this festival are absolutely free!
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 7:30PM Free


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