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Radar: 6th Annual Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair, SHAG, City and Colour, Bob Marley Tribute, Fright Nights, Will You Be My Valentine?, Sunday Scene, ORGANized


ART | Sixth Annual Erotic Arts and Craft Fair
Come As You Are, TO's favourite sex shop, is holding its 6th Annual Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair, today at the Gladstone! Valentine's Day isn't just about the heart, after all. As you will discover at this show, the are a few other organs and body parts of note involved as well! Crafters, zine publishers, artists, card makers and more will be displaying their work for sale. A quick glance at the event's website will reveal that this is one craft show that isn't for the faint of heart or the 'prudish' in nature: these artists are celebrating sexuality in big way! You might just find a special gift for someone that could make your Valentine's Day a very happy one!
The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) 12PM to 8PM

PARTY | cirQlar & Cherry Bomb present "SHAG" featuring The Funk Hunters!
A meeting of different worlds? Possibly. Tonight's "Shag" event at The Great Hall is being put together by a few different camps: a TO funk contingent, Cherry Bomb (known as a "[l]egendary queer-friendly dance party"), and CirQlar - producers of regular Burningman-esque circus oriented "happenings." Tonight, you will enjoy DJ General Eclectic, live music from local eight-piece band The Soul Motivators, Farbsie Funk, The Funk Hunters, and Skank Honto. They will occupy the main space, and a special Cherry Bomb room will feature sets from Denise Benson, Cozmic Cat, and more! This one could be Shagadelic.
The Great Hall (1087 Queen West) 9PM $25

MUSIC | Bob Marley Tribute w/ Kidd Rasta, I-Sax, Chocolate & Roots
The sixth annual Bob Marley Tribute goes down tonight at the Elmo! February 6th was BM's official B-day, but that date always brings about a stretch of celebration, and since this is the first weekend after the fact... We be jammin'! Tonight you can groove with Kidd Rasta & The Peacemakers, I-Sax, High Plains Drifter, and some special guests. DJ Chocolate and Patrick Roots (both of CIUT-FM) will be in the house. In the spirit of the occasion, everyone is encouraged to bring a canned food donation for reduced cover at the door.
El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue) 9PM $15 ($10 w/ canned food donation)

FILM | Fright Nights: Karloff vs Lugosi "The Black Cat"
"Fright Nights" is a monthly film series at The Projection Booth East, with a focus on the macabre, screening both vintage and new horror films. Tonight, two short films will begin the festivities: Yaz Rabadi's "Inside" an 'internal' psychodrama that was screened at Cannes, and Syl Disjonk's "Ethereal Chrysalis," a short film featured at last year's Toronto After Dark festival. The main feature is "The Black Cat", a 1934 horror classic starring two masters of the genre: Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Tonight's host will be local film writer, Kelly Stewart.
Projection Booth - East (1035 Gerrard Street East) 8:30PM



MUSIC | FWB Presents: Will You Be My Valentine?
Friends With Benefits brings you a Valentine's Day show a few days before the fact. This three band lineup promises to be interesting indeed. The Holy Gasp is a percussion driven group featuring beatnik-style poetry, to help you get your Kerouac on! Also on the bill: Rambunctious, a nine-piece horn ensemble that will surprise you! Their dark groove will get people dancing, truly evoking both a New Orleans voodoo and party vibe - things can go from hypnotic to celebratory! Jumple complete the lineup here with their eclectic sound, including Eastern European gypsy sounds and rock energy. Should be fun!
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West) 8PM $8

ART | Sunday Scene with David Balzer
If you have never been to a Sunday Scene at The Power Plant, it's a chance to get a different take on the the gallery's current offerings from someone knowledgeable in the art world. Today's speaker is David Balzer, a Toronto writer who specializes in art and film. His writing has appeared on, The Globe and Mail, and other places of note. There is no better way to compliment and enhance your visit to the gallery's current exhibitions than an informative talk like this. Sunday Scene is always free with gallery admission.
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery ((231 Queens Quay West) 1:30PM

MUSIC | Don't Touch That Dial Presents: Crooked Hill, Patti Cake and Mittenz
Don't Touch That Dial has a happening lineup of music for you this evening at The Garrison! It's a triple-bill, with the angsty and edgy, female fronted Crooked Hill headlining. Also on the bill is Patty Cake, a band with a total throwback vibe reminiscent of VU or Shocking Blue. The opening slot tonight goes to Mittenz. As a special bonus, those who RSVP via the Facebook event will have a personalized Valentine waiting for them at the venue containing a download code for a special "loving mixtape". Now that's good 2012 music marketing!
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 7:30PM $7

MUSIC | Continuum presents ORGANized
Tonight's concert finds Continuum's ensemble working with pieces by Richard Marsella, Petar Klanac, and Michael Oesterle. This concert intends to explore music in a 'mechanized' setting: self-driven devices, and even those with a degree of human interaction, such as the 'crank organ' will be taken into consideration here. Both Ligeti's Continuum and a commissioned by Brian Current will complete the concert's program.
The Music Gallery (197 John Street) 8PM $25 / $15 seniors-students-members


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