The Weeknd

Radar: The Weeknd, Toronto After Dark Film Fest, Uma Nota, Chuck Palahniuk, A Place of Refreshment

Toronto events on Thursday, October 17, 2013

MUSIC | The Weeknd
Rolling Stone Magazine said he "radiated emotion" when he performed on David Letterman last week so imagine how good he'll be in Massey Hall. Scarborough singer-songwriter The Weeknd performs at Toronto's best concert venue tonight with a shiny new record deal and a debut studio album, Kiss Land. There are plenty of tickets still available through Massey Hall's website. Find him on our list of Toronto's 25 most famous bands right now. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street) 8PM $45-$75

FILM | Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Cult, sci-fi and horror freaks: it's your time of year. The 8th edition of Toronto After Dark launches today with nine days of genre films titled names like The Battery, Septic Man, and Willow Creek. Buy tickets through TorontoAfterDark.com and gain access to filmmaker talks, Q&As and the best in recent genre filmmaking. Check out our top picks here. Various locations $13 general, $12 student

MUSIC | Uma Nota Festival
Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions is a four day celebration of music, arts and culture from North and South America. Focusing on Afro-Brazilian, Latin, Caribbean, funk and soul music, the festival includes live acts and DJs like Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, Alice Russell and Rick Udler plus films, workshops and talks. The festival begins today and rolls through the weekend with several free events happening throughout. Check out the full schedule on their site or read our top 5 picks for the fest. Various venues PWYC - $40

READINGS | Chuck Palahniuk
Reading from his new book "Doomed", legendary author and creator of "Fight Club" Chuck Palahniuk will be in Toronto this evening to speak with fans at Walter Hall. Pre-signed copies will be available to ticket purchasers and Palahniuk will participate in a Q&A following the reading. As part of the "Adult Bedtime Stories" tour, everyone attending is encouraged to wear pajamas. Buy tickets through the Event Brite page. Walter Hall (80 Queen's Park) 7PM $40

ART | A Place of Refreshment
A Place of Refreshment is one artist's depiction of an emotional vacation, set shortly after the end of the world, where fantasy and reality have collided. Death, anxiety, hope and luxury are themes that come together in this illustrative show by Marc O'Brien. The opening reception takes place in the 2nd floor gallery at The Gladstone tonight with the exhibit running until December 8th. The Gladstone Hotel 2nd Floor (1214 Queen Street West) 7PM Free

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