Toronto events on September 23rd, 2013
MUSIC | Polaris Gala
Tonight the long awaited Polaris Gala goes down at The Carlu. The Polaris Music Prize is an award given annually to honour the best Canadian full-length album, and this particular award prides itself on paying no regard to sales figures or genre, with "artistic merit" as the sole criteria. Every year a jury creates a "long list" in June, which is released to the public, and this is then trimmed to a "short list," which is then narrowed to a top 5. Tonight's gala will announce the winner, and will feature performances by Zaki Ibrahim, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, A Tribe Called Red, White horse, and Young Galaxy. Previous nominees Kathleen Edwards and Shad will host.
The Carlu (444 Yonge Street) 8PM $50
FILM | Altman, Spielberg and Lynch: Free film lecture panel
As part of the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre's "Be Our Guest" open house week, a special film panel will be presented tonight. The films of Robert Altman, David Lynch, and Steven Spielberg will be the topic for discussion. Film critics Kevin Courrier, Adam Nayman, and Shlomo Schwartzberg will offer insight and exchange ideas on these important American film makers. The work of each of these directors will be the subject of extended workshops offered at the JCC in October and beyond, and taught by these three gentlemen, and this will be an excellent sampler to entice you into enrolling, or it could be an enlightening lecture on its own.
Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue) 7PM
MUSIC | Elizabeth Shepherd at Yonge Dundas Square
Vocalist and keyboardist, Elizabeth Shepherd, plays Yonge-Dundas Square this afternoon as part of the "Lunchtime Live series. This Juno-nominated artist has made waves both at home and abroad with her unique vocal approach, and serious instrumental chops. She is also a relatively new Mom, and this hasn't slowed down her recording, performance, or touring schedule one bit! Her debut album, Start To Move was championed by The Gilles Peterson Show, who named it one of the top vocal jazz albums of 2006. Since then she has played top venues around the world, including Tokyo's Cotton, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, and others. Her latest album, Rewind, was nominated for he 2012 Vocal Jazz JUNO award.
Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East) 12:30PM
COMEDY | Clockwork [Orange is the New] Black
An interesting event tonight at Measure will find comedy improv duo, The Dandies, doing an original improvised take on both Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, and Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman. This is almost an improvised comedy "mashup" of sorts", and will find elements of both works mixed up and juxtaposed in a clever fashion. Andie Leathley and Dale Wells, who make up The Dandies, will be joined by Nicole Dunn, Angèle Morgan, Nelu Handa, Kristopher Bowman, and Natasha Boomer. Clockwork [Orange is the New] Black will also take place on September 30th and October 7th.
Measure (296 Brunswick Ave) $5
Also Of Note
Photo from the 2011 Polaris Prize Gala
by Jason Steidman via blogTO