Radar: Wavelength 532, Soul Clap, Global Changemaker Open House, DJ medicineman, Sunday Scene, WrestleCrisis 3D, The Sunday Sessions, Muskox
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7TH
MUSIC | Wavelength 532: Del Bel, Hollow Earth, Persian Rugs, RLMDL
A way-cool lineup of newer bands from our friends at Wavelength! Several of these groups are side projects or next chapters from bands you've loved before, such as headliner Del Bel, made up of Lisa Conway and Jimmy P. of Do Make Say Think. Same goes for Hollow Earth, a brand-spanking new group with members of The Beethoven Frieze, Pony Da Look, Saffron Sect, and others: they say their voodoo is akin to a "garage band playing prog"... Kind of irresistable, n'est pas? Persian Rugs also fit this pattern, with members of The Diableros. Also on the bill are RLMDL from London. DJ Gio Zan is also going to be in the house, and General Chaos Visuals will take things higher.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 9PM $5
FUNDRAISER | SOUL CLAP: A BENEFIT FOR DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN
Around the beginning of last month, NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin was peacefully catching some sleep in his bed in the Juniper Hotel in Portland, Oregon, when a "runaway" taxi crashed into his room and has left him in critical condition. There is much love for this guy, who traveled far and wide with his extensive collection of Soul 45s, putting on his Soul Clap shindigs, including here in TO at the Wrongbar last year. Benefits have been going on in New York and elsewhere since word of this disaster came down the pipeline, and tonight at Parts & Labour, it's TO's turn to help out. DJs Scott Cudmore & Camembert Electrique will be hosting this benefit, and all proceeds will go towards Toubin's medical expenses.
Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West) 10PM PWYC ($5 - $10 suggested)
WORKSHOP | Global Changemaker Open House
Wychwood Barns will host the 2012 Global Changemakers Open House today. This is part of a two day event put on by the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), celebrating the contributions of five individuals who did tremendous work in the name of this year's changemaker theme: "empowering women and girls". Things get started early (8AM), with an official presentation beginning at 10:30AM, where these five Changemaker award-winners will discuss their experiences and what they mean on a personal and societal level.
Wychwood Barns Community Gallery (601 Christie Street) 8AM
ART | SASS: A Spontaneous Art Show Surprise!
An art exhibit, curated by Bushra Mahmood this evening at The Rustic Owl. An assortment of unknown names and fresh talent is the name of the game for this one, and it will have a causal, party atmosphere, with some libations being served and DJs providing some sonic distraction for your enjoyment. Work is said to run the gamut from illustration to design to fine art prints. The lineup of contributors includes: Sabrina Smelko, Francie V, David O'Connor, Erin Mcphee, Colin Davis, Steven Hughes, Jacqueline Musial, Anthony Menecola, Tyler Semrick-Palmateer, Steven Glanville and others.
The Rustic Owl (993 Bloor Street West) 7:30PM
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SATURDAY RADAR
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8TH
ART | Sunday Scene with Jordan Tannahill
The Power Plant's "Sunday Scene" is an informal lecture and discussion with a prominent or active figure in the world of art, allowing them to give their perspective on the gallery's current offerings. Today, Jordan Tannahill will be the guest speaker, and offer his perspectives on the group exhibition "Coming After", which has been on at the gallery since December, and runs until March. Tannahill is a 23-year old film maker, also involved in theatre. His works and performances include "Post Eden", "Bravislovia", and "Insurgency", and have been shown nationally and internationally.
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (231 Queens Quay West) 1:30PM
GAMES | WrestleCrisis 3D - A Pro Wrestling Tribute to Video Games
It's the first Wrestle Crisis of 2012, folks! That wrestling event you know and love is back this afternoon, and ready to do some damage! This is Wrestle Crisis 3... in 3D, and not to worry, the tribute to video games that is so central to this unique event is still very much in place. This edition is sponsored by A & C Games and Omega Collectables. Rumour has it that there will be an afterparty following the showdown at Tortilla Flats. Get ready to rumble!
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue) 4PM $15
SPORT | Rock Climbing with JUMP
Rock climbing is one of those things where you wonder why anyone would ever do it, and then you try it, and see right away what the fuss is all about. This is a 'sport' where there's not a ton of cardio, but that's not the point, many faculties and senses are used, there's an element of problem solving, risk, challenge, and a wonderful simplicity to the whole thing that is truly beautiful. Bouldering is what is going down this morning at True North Climbing, and it differs from rock climbing in that no ropes are used, and it's essentially "low climbing". There can be a great social element to this as well, and people go out and do this in groups regularly.
True North Climbing (75 Carl Hall Road, Unit 14) 10AM $25
MUSIC | The Sunday Sessions Debut
Tonight, Lord Bubba's "Sunday Sessions" begins at Waterfalls. This will be an every-other-Sunday kind of event, featuring the very funky sounds of Lord Bubba's Nu-Jazz Project. This is an ensemble with deep ties in the TO funk, groove, and progressive jazz communities, so you can expect there will be some cool collab action and other surprises at some of these Sundays. Word has already dropped that spoken word artists, hip hop MCs and others will be special guests in the forthcoming weeks, and tonight DJ Stutter is in the house. This is a good opportunity to do some chilling with some sweet sounds in a nice venue in Kensington Market.
Waterfalls Indian Tapas Bar & Grill Inc (303 Augusta Avenue) 8:30PM $7
OTHER EVENTS ON OUR SUNDAY RADAR
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