toronto events june 5

Radar: CFC's 18th Worldwide Short Film Festival, Transit of Venus at Varsity Stadium, Pioneers for Change, Meanwood

FILM | Worldwide Short Film Festival
Short flicks rule at the 18th annual Worldwide Short Film Festival, North America's largest festival of its kind for films under 40 minutes. With five full days of programming grouped into categories such as Love Hurts, War, What Is It Good For? and Laughter Without Borders, this short but sweet festival has something for everyone. Check out special showcases like Date Night, a series of romantic films screening at the CN Tower on Saturday night, and a country spotlight on Switzerland, featuring shorts by Swiss filmmakers. The festival is short--like its films--so hit the theatres before Sunday's closing awards.
Various locations 7PM $20

ASTRONOMY | Transit of Venus at Varsity Stadium
"The summit of beauty she was and Venus was her name," wrote lyrical geniuses and '80s pop duo Bananarama. The beauty of the planet Venus will be visible as she is in transit tonight and the University of Toronto invites the public to gather at Varsity Stadium to observe this phenomenon that happens once every 5 years. Transit viewers will be welcomed into the stadium at 5:30PM to watch Venus move across the face of the sun at 6:04PM. Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and give lectures and solar telescopes will be available to the public to view the planet as it moves. Join the astronomical bonanza!
Varsity Stadium (Bloor Street, between St. George Street and the ROM) 5:30PM Free

FILM | Pioneers for Change
Five remarkable Canadians share their experiences with immigration in Pioneers for Change, an event that features films and spoken word performances honouring high achieving individuals who immigrated to the Great White North. The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson is joined by Navin Chandaria and Toni Silberman in films about the immigration experience and how it shapes the lives of individuals. Presented by Skills for Change, an organization with a 30 year track record of ensuring the success of new immigrants, this event is open to the public.
TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre (350 King Street West) 7PM

MUSIC | Meanwood
Toronto five-piece Meanwood bring their much-celebrated hybrid of country, soul and rock and roll to the Horseshoe tonight for Dave Bookman's New Music Night. Performing songs from their 2012 EP Trials, Meanwood are joined by indie rock trio Busker Bros. from Whitby and locals The Folk, Dress Rehearsal and Lacerda. As always, New Music Night is free.
The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) 9PM Free


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