toronto events august 20

Radar: Great White, Bruce Bell, MoMonday, the art of Melissa Fisher, Lo Fi Sci-Fi

MUSIC | Great White at The Rockpile
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the rock 'n' roll waters, Great White hits town! This band has quite a history, having formed in the late '70s, and riding the MTV wave with the hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy." Then came the tragic events at a fateful Rhode Island gig in 2003 that brought them back into the public eye, minus a band member who was among the casualties. It takes courage to continue after such an episode, but these guys did, and toured for quite a stretch to raise funds for the victims of The Station nightclub fire. These guys have integrity, and are determined to stay in the game. Supporting bands on tonight's bill include Three Quarter Stone, Crutch, Snakeskin, and more.
The Rockpile (5555 Dundas Street West) 7PM $35

CULTURE | Bruce Bell at C'est What?
In addition to being a storyteller, standup comic, and an award-winning playwright, Bruce Bell is known here in TO as a historian specializing in our beautiful city. Bell writes a monthly column for the Bulletin, and takes groups on guided walking tours regularly. He was made Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall and St Lawrence Market about ten years ago, and will be sharing insights and stories about Toronto tonight at C'est What.
C'est What? (67 Front Street East) 7:30PM

LECTURE | MoMonday
MoMonday is back! In case you haven't heard of this event before, the "Mo" stands for 'motivational,' and that is indeed the nature of this gathering. Tonight, you will experience a generous selection of motivational speakers, each with their own style, but all of them will inspire you. Laughter is also an important element of MoMondays, and they have been described as "a cross between open mic comedy, TED Talks, and [motivational] speakers."
The Trane Studio (964 Bathurst) 8PM (dinner 6PM) $10

ART | (lately) despite what I know I still feel the same
Toronto artist Melissa Fisher has come to specialize in window installations over the last few years. Her latest, (lately) despite what I know I still feel the same, is currently on display at Magic Pony, a unique gallery/studio/retail space on Queen West. This is part of a series of window installations that has been ongoing since 2010, and Fisher has developed an interesting process of 'recycling,' where she retains certain elements of each installation as it is being disassembled (and essentially, destroyed) and builds a collection of "props" to be used in future works, or displayed in their own right. Tomorrow is the last day for this work, so be sure to pop by Magic Pony to check it out.
Magic Pony (680 Queen Street West) 24 hour "street view access"


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