Radar: Neighbourhood Watch record release, Beerprov, Young Collectors exhibit, The Nutcracker, Last Lights

Toronto events on December 19th, 2013

MUSIC | Neighbourhood Watch's 1st record release
Toronto definitely needs more infrastructure like record labels, including/especially for electronic music, so get down to Parts & Labour in Parkdale tonight to wish Neighbourhood Watch the best. After a year of monthly parties and "saving their pennies" the label is finally launching with a limited edition vinyl featuring rising producers Bruce Trail, Anti Hero (as Waterwalker), Vlsonn, and Mike Din. The show is PWYC, but obviously bring cash for the record. Hear a preview of the EP here. Parts & Labour (1566 Queen St. W.) 10PM, PWYC.

CRAFTS | Cut, Cut, Paste Holiday Craft Show
Toronto's been totally flooded with these craft shows, but people are eating them up. I have a theory that for every gift purchased, 2 more "for keeps" non gift type items are bought, but maybe I'm just going by my own experiences here. Head to the Beaver this evening for Cut, Cut, Paste, where you'll find screen-printed tea towels, bizzaro baked goods, bow ties, T-shirts, art prints, jewellery and more. Plus you can grab a drink while you shop, and nothing's more ideal than that. Pick up something for me, will you? The Beaver (1192 Queen W), 6 - 10:30PM.

COMEDY | BeerProv presents THE DRAFT
It must be nice to be Toronto's Beerprov, and know you basically have it all figured out. Comedy, good times, spontaneity, laughter - all aided by the earth's rich nectar of beer, beer, beer. This month's competitors will aspire to drink from the "Mini-Mug of Champions" while Chris New plays piano and Jim Robinson hosts. Check the event to see who'll be fighting it out tonight. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. W), 9:30PM, $12.

ART | Young Collectors Exhibit
Project Gallery is a new spot in Leslieville that focuses on emerging artists, and tonight they're opening an exhibit featuring work by Sara Golish, Gavin MacDougall, Doug Temple, Yiying Zou, Cal Schaub, Cortney Stephenson, Ilana Van Zyl, James Nye, Jen Bolt, and Richard Determan. If you can't make it to see the artwork tonight, the show will be a stop on the second Leslieville Gallery Crawl from 1-5pm on Sunday, then the exhibit is up until January 1st. This is a good chance to get some sweet art for cheap - prices start at just $30. Project Gallery (1109 Queen St E), 7pm.


DANCE | The Nutcracker
Tug those fancy-dress clothes over the heads of your little culture loving rugrats (or yourself) - The Nutcracker is on now in Toronto. After over fifteen years, the National Ballet's production of The Nutcracker hasn't missed a step. The ballet is a wildly imaginative journey through the decadent and playful sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Like a richly detailed picture book come to life, the production is full of magic and humour, which all the while encourages audiences to contemplate the true themes of the holiday. Check out our full review from last year. National Ballet - Four Seasons, Until January 4 2014, 7pm/2pm, $25-$100+.

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Photo by fish.julie from our interview with Vlsonn

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