toronto events january 7

Radar: Trampoline Hall, Samsara, Elvis Monday, Rowers Reading Series, Yuka

CULTURE | Trampoline Hall
Trampoline Hall hits The Garrison again tonight, folks! This well-attended lecture series is a TO favourite, and always delivers some head scratching and often humorous moments for those who attend. A carefully curated selection of speakers discusses topics that range from the mundane to the insane, but with under one condition: the subject must reside outside of the speaker's area of expertise. Tonight Sarah Treleaven discusses The Backyard Of Chicken, Mitch Smolkin will rivet you with The History Of Dentures, and Hannah Wise will share her thoughts on Laughing When Things Are Not Funny. Erica Kopyto curates. Do arrive early, as TH often sells out.
The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West) 7:30PM $6

FILM | Samsara
Director and cinematographer Ron Fricke's film, Samsara, is first his release as a director in almost twenty years. Fricke is widely known for his work on the films Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi, and his style has come to be associated with his original use of time-lapse photography. Samara, a sequel to Baraka, premiered at the TIFF in September 2011, and is a documentary in the same vein, spanning the globe with eye-popping images and exploring the themes of humanity and spirituality.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) 7PM + 9:30PM $16

MUSIC | Elvis Monday
Elvis Monday returns to rock The Drake once again. 2013 is going to be the 27th year that this great showcase has been running and supporting TO musical talent and directions that have always been off the radar, and ahead of the curve. Tonight's musical offerings include The Morals, Kilometer, Elsie Epp, The Golden Retrievers, Hot Head, and regulars, People Of Canada. Like the best things in life, admission to Elvis Monday is free.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 9PM

BOOKS & LIT | Rowers Reading Series
The Rowers Pub Reading Series holds its first event of 2013 tonight. In case you haven't ever checked out this great TO literary event before, it happens on the first Monday of the month from October to June, and features some of the finest local literary talent around, both established and 'up and coming'. Tonight, playwright Hanna Moscovitch, poet/novelist Jim Nason, and writer and editor Grace O'Connell will share some of their new work with you. As always, there is no cover charge for this event.
The Victory Cafe (581 Markham Street) 7:30PM


Yuka at The Drake

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Film still from Samsara

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