toronto events august 23

Radar: Scotiabank BuskerFest, Tommy Youngsteen, A Collection, Britt Wilson's Greatest Book on Earth Launch, Dis/semblances and Toronto Walk Project

FESTIVAL | 13th Annual Scotiabank BuskerFest
Arguably one of Toronto's best summer festivals, the city's eccentric gather to showcase their talents in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood for the 13th annual BuskerFest. Comedians, musicians, magicians, contortionists and mimes perform along Front Street East for an expected 1 million visitors, from this afternoon throughout the weekend. Admission is free but donations will be accepted on behalf of Epilepsy Toronto.
St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood (27 Front Street East) 12PM Donations accepted

MUSIC | Warchild Canada presents Tommy Youngsteen
Even though the real Boss is in town tomorrow, Tommy Youngsteen is playing the Horseshoe tonight, covering the music of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Neil Young at a price you can actually afford. With partial proceeds going to War Child Canada, various members of bands like The Sam Roberts Band, The Trews, Stars and Stills will show up to play covers with Tommy for a three-hour set. Tickets will be available at the door.
Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) 9PM $15

ART | A Collection
The origins of sentiment are examined in A Collection through the audio and visual experiences that register in the subconscious. Curated by Bethany Puttkemery and Inez Genereux, over 20 artists have participated in this exhibition with illustrations, collages, prints and paintings that tell the tales of childhood memories, creation and consciousness. Poetry and spoken word performances will be a part of the opening reception tonight at Oz Studios. A Collection will remain on display until August 31st.
Oz Studios (134 Ossington Avenue) 7PM Free

BOOKS & LIT | "Britt Wilson's Greatest Book On Earth" Launch
Toronto comic artist Britt Wilson has published her first graphic novel Britt Wilson's Greatest Book On Earth and will host a book signing tonight at Indigo Books. Comic panels that tell stories with silly titles like "How to Stalk and Kill the Average Squirrel" and "Underground Pockets of Long Thought to be Extinct Reptiles" fill her absurd yet dark book about chaotic young women looking to cause trouble. Swing by to chat with the author and find out what's inside the Greatest Book On Earth.
Indigo, Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street) 7PM Free

ART | Dis/semblances & Toronto Walk Project
Artist Marc S. Cohen examines the problem of reproduction in photography with his latest exhibit, Dis/ semblances, opening at Gallery 1313 tonight. Using ordinary photographic images, the artist digitally manipulated and hand-copied them onto illustration board to create a series of unrelated images that form new relationships removed from their original context. In addition to Cohen's exhibit, the Toronto Walk Project, an audio-visual documentation of our city's neighbourhoods will be on display. Both exhibits run until September 2nd.
Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West) 7PM Free


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