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Toronto events on October 2nd, 2013

FILM | 15 Reasons To Live
TO-based documentary film maker, Alan Zweig's latest film, 15 Reasons To Live, will screen tonight at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Zweig will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the film. This film was inspired by a conversation with a neighbour and the framework of Ray Robertson's collection of essays, Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live. Zweig's style as a film maker involves his exploration of various subjects in documentary format, which inevitably lead him to conclusions about himself and his life. The various characters and essays in Robertson's book provide a blueprint for exploring the "meaning of life", and Zweig finds himself relating to a few of these.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West) 8:30PM $10

MUSIC | Autorickshaw Trio @ Musideum
Long standing Indo-fusion ensemble, Autorickshaw, plays tonight in a 'scaled down' format at Musideum on Richmond Street. Autorickshaw was formed over ten years ago, and this Toronto-based project is centered around core members Suba Sankran, and tabla player Ed Hanley. Nominated for World Music Album of the Year in both 2004 and 2007, they have toured extensively and played many international festivals and venues. Tonight's performance will feature both Sankran and Hanley, with the addition of bassist Dylan Bell, whose contribution will also include piano and beatboxing (!?). This will be an interesting performance at a unique venue, Musideum, a store that specializes in global instruments and also hosts intimate concerts on a regular basis. Feel free to check our article on Musideum here.
Musideum - A World of Musical Instruments (401 Richmond Street West) 8PM $20

BOOKS/LIT | A Reading/Book Signing with Jane Fairburn author of "Along the Shore - Rediscovering Toronto's Waterfront Heritage"
Tonight, Toronto author and lawyer, Jane Fairburn, launches her recently published book Along the Shore - Rediscovering Toronto's Waterfront Heritage. This book is a detailed history of Toronto's waterfront, its rich history, landscape, and the people who have interacted with it over many many years. TO's waterfront was at one time a public destination of note, and only in recent decades have we seen a slow return to the possibility of this area becoming a district of significance in the city, rather than one dominated by industrial interests. This evening, Fairburn will fill you in on some Toronto history that you might not be aware of, but will definitely find interesting.
Rue Pigalle (927 Queen Street West) 6:30PM

CULTURE | Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) presents The Game
Tonight, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts invites you to come out and join them for an evening of fun and trivia as they present, "The Game" or, more accurately, The Toronto Theatre Trivia Game Show. 2013 finds TAPA celebrating 35 years of presenting the city with professional dance, opera, and theatrical productions. There are a number of events planned to celebrate this milestone, but tonight's game is the kickoff. There will be a cash bar, of course, and two large teams will battle it out with their knowledge of Toronto theatre. Thom Allison, star of the Shaw Festival's recent production of Ragtime, will be tonight's host.
Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue) 7:00PM PWYC


Land|slide: Possible Futures
From the creators of Leona Drive, which took over a street of suburban homes in 2009, this sprawling exhibit has transformed the historical village at Markham Museum into a 30+ artist installation. While Markham is about a half hour from downtown Toronto, Land|slide's deeply resonating multitude of visual, sculptural, video, and performance art installations exploring suburban life make it one of the most important art events of the season. A free shuttle bus will run from MOCCA on Saturday Oct. 12. Read our review here.
Markham Museum (Markham, Ontario), runs until October 14th. Free

Night of the Living Dead Live
A remake of George A. Romero's classic film, Night of the Living Dead Live places the film onstage and in black and white. Set in 1968, the original zombie film becomes a play with multiple endings performed onstage. The once controversial story is presented with Romero's blessing--he serves as executive producer on the stage performance--and runs up until Halloween. Tickets are available through the Theatre Passe Muraille box office.
Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), October 5-27, 2013, 7:30PM $23.25-$45

R.I.P. Morgan Freeman
Relax, he's not actually dead. In September 2012, an unknown news source leaked a statement that went viral, announcing that prized actor and voice of God, Morgan Freeman, had died. Still alive and well, Freeman's faux death inspired a new show at Gallery 1313 in which ten artists honour his life and work while examining the culture of celebrity and the convenience of reaction and feedback in the media.
Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West) Until Oct 13th. Free

The Amsterdam brewmasters have concocted three new beers in honour of the month of October and we can only hope one is pumpkin spice flavoured. A special menu will be released for Oktoberfest, the Bavarian beer-swigging, sausage-eating festival, with the featured drinks available in a 1L stein.
Amsterdam BrewHouse on the Lake (245 Queens Quay West) until October 10th

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