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Radar: The Darkness, Early Monthly Segments, Andrew J. Borkowski reads, A Gift of Music, Reg Hartt talks LSD

Toronto events on January 21st, 2013

MUSIC | The Darkness + Hell or Highwater
The Darkness descends upon Toronto tonight for a show at The Phoenix. With a sound that is often described as both hard rock and glam metal, this band's story reads like somebody's pitch for a mock rock doc, complete with a meteoric rise to stardom on their home turf in England without the backing of a label, to substance abuse, implosion, and now.... a reunion. This tour is dubbed the Let Them Eat Cakes World Tour, and they are promoting their release from last year, entitled Hot Cakes. Hell or Highwater is tonight's opener.
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street) 7PM $35

FILM | EARLY MONTHLY SEGMENTS #47 = Jonas Mekas + Lorne Marin
Early Monthly Segments is a monthly film event that explores the work of different experimental and underground filmmakers. Tonight, Jonas Mekas' work is being celebrated in the wake of his 90th birthday. Mekas is a Lithuanian filmmaker who is considered one of the greatest influences on avant-garde films in the US. The film Diaries, Notes and Sketches details his early years in New York. The evening will begin with a screening of Rhapsody on a Theme From A House Movie, a short film from 1972 by Toronto filmmaker Lorne Marin
Gladstone Hotel, Art Bar (1214 Queen Street West) 8PM pwyc ($5 suggested)

BOOKS & LIT | Andrew J Borkowski reading
Andrew J. Borkowski reads from his short story collection, Copernicus Avenue tonight at the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre. Borkowski received the 2012 Toronto Book Award back in October for this work of fiction set in Roncesvalles Village just after World War II. Borkowski was raised in this neighbourhood, and is an active freelance journalist who has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Los Angeles Times and other publications. His works of short fiction have appeared in various quarterlies, as well.
PARC (1499 Queen West) 7PM PWYC ($10 suggested)

MUSIC | A Gift of Music: 75 Years of Song
An all-star musical fundraiser happens at Roy Thompson Hall this evening, as a stellar cast of musical minds celebrate the St. Michael's Choir School's 75th anniversary. There will be performances by Kevin Heard of BNL, jazz crooner Matt Dusk, Michael Burgess, John McDermott, Michael Colvin, Michael Schade, and other greats. All funds raised will go towards scholarships and bursaries at the school, and give the next generation of musicians at this institution a big helping hand. St. Michael's alumnus, Jim Codrington and JAZZ.FM's Heather Bambrick will host the event.
Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street) 7:30PM $75 - $150



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