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Monday, August 26, 2013

Radar: The Gladstone Film Festival, JF Robitaille, Cary Fagan, Queen Gallery Poetry Night

Gladstone Film FestivalToronto events on August 27th, 2013

FILM | The Gladstone Film Festival

The first annual Gladstone Hotel Film Festival takes place tonight. This evening's screening event will share the festival jury's pics, made up of Toronto-made short films, and will be followed by an awards ceremony in the Gladstone's Melody Bar. Among the many films chosen for screening tonight is Taz Rabadi's The Beard, a film that has already been a part of the CBC's Short Film Face Off. Rabadi's film tells the story of an elderly Sikh who has faced violent persecution, and must recover from this attack. Come out and support Toronto's film making community tonight.

Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) 6:30PM $5

MUSIC | JF Robitaille, Pink Moth, Lou Canon

Montreal-based singer/songwriter JF Robitaille holds a CD launch tonight at the Rivoli for his new album, Rival Hearts. His 2011 debut album, Calendar, put him firmly on the radar as a talent to watch, and this followed his being plucked from 'obscurity' by Nona Hendryx a few years earlier in NYC after a performance there, and signed to her label Rythmbank (shut down a few years later), which released his first EP The Blood In My Body to amazing critical response. Critics are already giving Rival Hearts a thumbs up, and have compared Robitaille's sound and approach to Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen. Also on tonight's bill are Pink Moth, and Lou Cannon.

Rivoli (332 Queen Street West) 8:30PM $8

BOOKS & LIT | Cary Fagan

Toronto author, Cary Fagan, launches his new novel, A Bird's Eye, this evening at the Free Times Cafe. This is Fagan's sixth adult novel (he also writes children's fiction), and his last work, My Life Among the Apes, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Fagan's work has also received the Toronto Book Award, World Storytelling Award, and many others. A Bird's Eye is set in mid 1930's Toronto, and explores the life of a Jewish immigrant family in Kensington Market, an area that has been the subject and 'backdrop' of novels by Alvin Rakoff and other Canadian authors.

Free Times Cafe (320 College Street)

BOOKS & LIT | Queen Gallery Poetry Night IX

The August edition of the Queen Gallery Poetry Night is upon us. This monthly poetry series takes place on the last Tuesday of every month, presenting music and art with an open-stage format to a discerning Toronto audience. Tonight's featured guest is Michael Mirolla, a novelist, poet and playwright, and publisher (Guernica Editions). Mirolla, whose novel, Berlin, was a Bressani Prize winner and a National Best Books Awards finalist, has been writing since high school, and is constantly experimenting with new forms and approaches to his craft. Bänoo Zan hosts this event tonight.

Queen Gallery (382 Queen Street East) 7PM (6:30 signup) PWYC

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Photo of the Gladstone by apieceofglass on Flickr

by Jason Steidman via blogTO

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