toronto events september 18

Radar: America But Better Book Launch, Refocus #11, Polaris Short List Salon, That's Not A Run In Your Stocking, It's A Hand On Your Leg

BOOKS & LIT | America, But Better Book Launch
The Canada Party thinks that all America needs is a little Canadian injection into its politics. The satirical viral campaign started by Chris Cannon and Brian Calvert has become a book, and America, But Better launches at The Gladstone tonight. This Is Not A Reading Series will present the manifesto live, where the authors will discuss America's need for Canada as their leader, in conversation with author Marni Jackson. Admission to the launch is free with the purchase of a book.
The Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) 7PM Free

FILM | Refocus #11: Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine
Described as a mumblecore twist on the Bonnie and Clyde tale, Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine is the story of the beginning of a road trip and the end of a relationship. Screening its Canadian premiere at Kensington's Double Double Land tonight, this indie road trip film touches the psycho thriller and romance genres in its short 78 minute run time. The film screens for free so long as you keep talking about the Refocus series.
Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue) 9PM Free

MUSIC | Polaris Short List Salon: Ultimate Fighting Critics
With Toronto showing well on the Polaris Prize short list, local jury members gather at The Drake for a heated debate in anticipation of the upcoming gala and winner announcement. James Keast of Exclaim! will moderate as jurors Aaron Brophy of Spinner Canada, The Toronto Star's Ben Rayner and Denise Benson of The Grid discuss their hopefuls and favourites of the 2012 list. The yelling will commence at 8PM with vinyl prizes to be awarded to attendees.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 7PM Free

ART | That's Not A Run In Your Stocking, It's A Hand On Your Leg
The first installment of a three-part exhibit titled Your Undoing, That's Not A Run In Your Stocking features works from Mark Laliberte, Liz Magic Laser, Nikki Woolsey and Nadia Belerique that examine embodiment in some form. From Laser's Mine, a video that observes a surgical tool rifling through a purse, to Laliberte's The Simple Sampler, a collage of dismembered stick figure parts from children's books, this exhibit observes everyday objects being utilized in shocking or unconventional ways. The opening reception begins at 6PM, but you can find the works on display until October 20th at Narwhal.
Narwhal Art Projects (2988 Dundas Street West) 6PM Free


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