toronto events october 17

Radar: X Avant VII, The Democratic Imagination, Little Terrors Vol. 12, Descant Magazine Fall 2012 Launch, The Purple Party

MUSIC | X Avant VII: JP Carter and Andy Haas
The X Avant New Music Festival, which began on Friday evening, continues tonight, exploring the world of experimental music, with a specific focus this evening on the intersection of improvisation and electronic music. There is a relationship here that goes back several decades, and tonight's concert will investigate where things are at currently with two innovative artists: JP Carter and Andy Haas. Carter, a trumpet player who works extensively with electronics was the leader of The Millennium Project and a principal contributor to Dan Bejar's Destroyer, an album on the 2011 Polaris Prize Short List. Andy Haas, formerly a member of Martha and the Muffins, has been collaborating lately with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Thurston Moore, and other notables.
OCAD University (100 McCaul Street) 8PM $20 ($10 members/students)

BOOKS & LIT | The Democratic Imagination
This Is Not A Reading Series presents the launch of James Cairns and Alan Sears' "The Democratic Imagination" tonight at The Gladstone Hotel. This book traces the history of democracy, from ancient times to the present, and examines what the possibilities for "popular power" are in the future. Guest Ralph Benmurgui will join the authors in discussion, plus speakers John Grayson, Mary-Jo Nadeau, and Sedef Arat-Koc will share their views. Music will be provided at the event by DJ Peter Mitton.
The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) 7PM $5 (free with book purchase)

FILM | Rue Morgue & Unstable Ground present LITTLE TERRORS short film event (Vol. 12)
Little Terrors is a monthly event presented by Rue Morgue & Unstable Ground where short horror films are screened. Tonight is the twelfth 'edition' of this series, and the theme is Brutal Visions. Attendees are promised two complete hours of gore, horror, and highly disturbing visuals, all delivered with the perfect economy that only a short film can provide. Films by Scott Hamilton, David Green, Ivan Villamel, Mac Eldridge, The Pierce Brothers, and many more will be shown, followed by a Q & A with some of the filmmakers.
MTL Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street) 9PM

BOOKS & LIT | Descant Magazine Fall 2012 Launch
Descant launches its Fall 2012 issue tonight at The Rochester. This quarterly literary journal has been around for over forty years, sharing the work of both Canadian and international writers and visual artists. The issue being launched tonight is Descant 158: Renovations, and this theme is explored in the physical world, and in the figurative sense with regard to the 'self.' This issue's contributors includes Catherine Graham, Cora SirĂŠ, Jessica Parkinson, and others, who will share some of their work with you at this event. Come out and enjoy this opportunity to support this important part of Toronto's literary scene and culture.
The Rochester (423 College Street) 7PM

OTHER EVENTS ON OUR RADAR

Mirabilia: 150th Anniversary Celebration - Forgotten Soundscapes Of The Group Of Seven
The Purple Party
projek: STANTON WARRIORS
Waka Flocka Flame @ Kool Haus

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