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Radar: Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Only Cafe Beer Fest, Scientists of Sound, Downsview Park WinterFest, Mosaic Storytelling Festival


MUSIC | Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the Christine Jensen Quartet
Stellar saxophonist, Ravi Coltrane, hits Koerner Hall tonight for a much anticipated show. There could be no better example of an artist having to overcome another's "shadow" to come into his own, in terms of both finding his voice, and gaining recognition, but somehow this has truly worked out for the 45 year old musician. After years of study, dues have been paid on the bandstand, working as a sideman with Elvin Jones, David Murray, Steve Coleman, and others. Coltrane also runs his own jazz label, RKM music. Also on the bill tonight is Juno Award winner Christine Jensen.
Koerner Hall (273 Bloor Street West) 8PM $39 +

FOOD & DRINK | Only Cafe Beer Fest
The Only Cafe's Beer Fest continues today. This is a great chance to check out some microbrewery goodness at a great value. Five ounce beer samples will only cost you a one dollar beer ticket. Pretty cool, wouldn't you say? After all, you should be rewarded for expanding your horizons, so to speak. Reps from a few different companies will be in the house, manning different booths, ready to chat you up about their unique offerings. There will also be live music, and munchies available, which we could say is an important 'context' for beer sampling. Cheers!
The Only Cafe (972 Danforth Avenue) 5PM

Chronologic at The Boat tonight! Dubbed "a dance party through the ages", this special (and somewhat regular) dance event is part excuse to boogie, and part music history lesson! There is a special mission in place when they put on this party: to spin tunes that pack a dancefloor, spanning from 1890 to the present, and the tunes get played in chronological order (how did you guess?). It's hard not to discover something new! Definitely be sure to arrive early, because the place will fill up quickly.
The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue) 10PM

OUTDOOR | Downsview Park WinterFest
It's time for Winterfest at Downsview Park! So, Mother Nature hasn't exactly been forthcoming and consistent with the whole Winter thing this year, but hitting Winterfest with some friends or family might just be the thing to make the season "click" for you. With cool activities like ice sculpting demonstrations, fire busker and hula hoop performances, an ice slide, and other things to choose from, you will definitely feel February!
Downsview Park (Corner of Keele & Sheppard) 11AM



THE GAME | P&L Superbowl Party - NY Giants vs. NE Patriots
Superbowl 46 is upon us! You could hang in your living room, but a much better option is heading over to Parts & Labour to check out the game. The New York Giants and the New England Patriots are going to duke it out something fierce, and you don't want to be alone during the Madonna/MIA/Minaj half-time spectacle, right? There will be several TVs to help keep tabs on the action, a solid looking menu with everything from vegan chili fries to chicken wings, and lots of TO Superbowl spirit!
Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West) 5PM

CLUBS | INDUSTRY at Insomnia
The hard-working DJ Shannon occupies Insomnia tonight! There's a reason this gal won Now Magazine's Best DJ of 2011 - she knows how to read a crowd, and deliver the right track at the right time. Her years in residence at the Dance Cave has earned her a rep as someone who knows her history, and is able to marry it with what's happening now, too. Tonight it will be Funk/Soul/R'nB going down, and you would be hard pressed for a better way to close out your weekend. It doesn't hurt that there is no cover, and ridiculously low priced drinks, either!
Insomnia (563 Bloor Street West) 10PM

Casey Yugo hits The Trane Studio tonight! With a nine-piece band, The Vibrasonic Sessions, things are going to get funky. This one is for a good cause, too: funds are being raised here to support Peace Quest, and help their basketball team in the Philippines, which is an outlet for ex-gang members to bond together, let off some steam, and stay out of trouble. Dinner is always a treat at the Trane, so do consider making that part of your evening, as well. Joshua Lopez will open, and DJ Mogpaws is in the house, filling the gaps, and keeping the vibes going.
The Trane Studio (964 Bathurst Street) 7PM

CULTURE | Mosaic Storytelling Festival
The Mosaic Storytelling Festival has been ongoing, every two weeks from January 22nd until March 18th. This a great place to soak in some culture and experience the diversity that a city like TO has to offer. Today Rubena Sinha and Bob Barton will be doing the storytelling. Sinha is a dancer and choreographer from India who studied in Bangladesh, and worked as Artistic Director of Winnipeg's Fusion Dance Theatre. Bob Barton is a storyteller with a previous career in teaching, and has published over twenty books, and told stories onstage at festivals internationally.
St. David's (49 Donlands Avenue) 3PM PWYC


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