Toronto Events on Thursday, July 25th
FILM | The Gladstone Film Festival
Toronto can't seem to get enough of itself lately and rightfully so. The Gladstone Hotel celebrates local Toronto filmmakers and their Toronto-centric films at the first annual Gladstone Film Festival, taking place in the hotel ballroom tonight. This is a juried festival, which means each of the short films being screened were hand-selected by industry professionals. Following the screenings, there will be an awards ceremony in the Gladstone Melody Bar. Get your "Yay Toronto" attitude for this inaugural short film festival, taking place one day only.
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) 6:30PM $5
ART | Art Salad
Artists from Ottawa and Toronto mix together for Art Salad, a gallery show at Norman Felix that celebrates our two capitals and those that create their artist communities. Eight artists including Robyn Marie, Holly Steeves, Erin Shadoff and Maxwell Hyett toss together their pieces, each reminiscent of their hometowns, in the mezzanine of the gallery. Food and drinks will be served and musician Brian O'Brien will perform. Check out the freshest talents from Ottawa and Toronto at Art Salad tonight.
Norman Felix Inc. Art Gallery & Management (627 Queen Street West) 7PM $2
FILM | Open Roof Festival
Patirck Moote asked his girlfriend to marry him at a UCLA basktball game. She said no. The next day, a video of his rejected proposal went viral. To make matters worse, she privately divulged that it was because his penis was small. And that led Moote to making Unhung Hero, a documentary that seeks to answer the question "Does size really matter?" Screening at Open Roof Festival tonight, the film will be preceded by a Heavyweights Brass Band performance. Saucy Pierogi and Bricks & Mortar will be on site selling food throughout the evening. Tickets to this film are still available online and even if they sell out before tonight, there's always the rush line.
The Moonview Lot (175 Queens Quay East) 7:30PM $15
ART | Insert Here
Artists working in abstraction collectively showcase their works at Edward Day Gallery tonight. While west end art events seem to dominate this Thursday's events, this group of seven working with everything from object hybridism to fragmented picture planes take abstract art one step further in Insert Here. Swing by the show this evening in this garage-turned-gallery tucked behind a Queen West building. The show's opening reception runs until 8PM and all artists will be in attendance.
Edward Day Gallery (952 Queen Street West) 6PM Free
FILM | Movie in St. James Park
Best In Show is the selection for tonight's Movie in St. James Park. A Canadian comedy about a cast of competitors in a national dog show, this film stars Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy as dog owners with their eye on the prize. The first 200 people to arrive at St. James will get free popcorn courtesy of Rainbow Cinemas. This is the last film to screen this summer in St. James Park before the Music in St. James Park series returns so show up with a warm blanket and a cozy chair to enjoy the free outdoor film. Dogs are obviously welcome since Woofstock is a sponsor of the event.
St. James Park (105 King Street East) 9PM Free
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Still from Best in Show
by Lauren Pincente via blogTO