Toronto events on November 20th, 2013
FILM | The 7th Annual Brazil Film Fest
The Brazil Film Fest's timing during the last dregs of autumn might seem like a tease, but the heart of the matter is nothing's better in nippy weather than hiding out in a theatre for a couple of hours to take in a film made somewhere much, much warmer. The magic of film might actually be the next best thing to actually flying to a sun kissed destination. The 2013 fest opens tonight at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and this weekend 11 films from passionate love stories to understated dramas will be screened. Read our preview here. November 28 - December 1, TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), various times and prices.
MUSIC | Weird Silence
Two of Canada's leading music blogs, Weird Canada and Silent Shout, are teaming up tonight at Sex Laser for an all Canadian dance party / listening party. Andrew Pulsifer (Silent Shout) and Jesse Locke (Weird Canada) will only DJ tracks covered on one of these two blogs. Expect everything from the noisy and experimental to the newest gems of electronic pop. You might just find a new favourite jam. Oh, and there's $3 PBR before 11pm. You know what to do. Sex Laser (1369 Dundas St W) 10PM, free.
BOOKS | Sarah Liss on Will Munro
On the heels of a wild book release show at Lee's Palace, Sarah Liss, author of Will Munro biography Army Of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro (Coach House Books), will discusses the life of the Toronto artist, DJ, activist and impresario, and his important influence on Toronto's artistic and queer culture, as part of the Toronto Public Library's Live in the Stacks series. Will Munro tragically passed away from a brain tumour three years ago. Yorkville Branch (22 Yorkville Avenue), 7PM, free.
FASHION | Encircled Holiday Trunk Show & Sale
From 5pm until 8pm, Fashion Takes Action is teaming up with Encircled and Hintz Design to throw a trunk show at Artscape Distillery Building (15 Case Goods Ln, Studio #202). It's your chance to pick up the perfect ethical and environmentally sustainable gift for the holidays, like a modal cardigan that easily converts into a top, dress, and scarf, or a hand painted clock made of upcycled vinyl records. Artscape Distillery Building (15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 202), 5pm.
FILM | Little Terrors Vol. 22
Tonight at Carlton Cinema, Rue Morgue & Unstable Ground present Little Terrors, a monthly showcase of the most brutal and bloody shorts - from 3 minutes long to 15 minute long - they can get their hands on. The night boasts "two full hours of the craziest, goriest, most-disturbing and off-the-wall short films the genre has to offer," plus prizes, and Q&As with some of the filmmakers. Tonight's films will partially focus on the theme of horror in real life. You can read the full line up here. Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street), 9PM.
MUSIC | Wu Tang Clan's 20th Anniversary Tour
On a tour celebrating 20 years since the release of their classic album Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers), the promoters swear the whole group will reunite on stage at Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay E) - all 8 members of Wu Tang from Rza and Gza to Ghostface Killah will be there, plus special guests Peter Jackson & G5ive. One can only assume that they will perform 36 Chambers in its entirety, plus an endless arsenal of rugged bangers beyond that. The show is sold out, so good luck finding a ticket if you haven't gripped one yet. Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay E), 8pm.
THEATRE | Needles and Opium
A Robert Lepage production is once again on offer and that's reason enough to celebrate. What's more is that the Canadian Stage production is a contemporary retake on Needles and Opium, which originally premiered in 1991. Lepage revisits the journey of Parisian filmmaker Jean Cocteau who is en route to spend time with jazzman Miles Davis. In true visual brilliance, no doubt, Lepage traces the creative genius' struggle with displacement and drug addiction. Until December 1st, Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St E,) 8:00pm/2:00pm, $24-$79.
Also Of Note
Still From Neighboring Sounds at the Brazil Film Fest
by Aubrey Jax via blogTO