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Monday, November 25, 2013

Radar: Returning Sun Relief Benefit for the Philippines, Todd James, Les Stroud, Mapping Harbord Village

Skratch BastidToronto events on November 26th, 2013

FUNDRAISER | Returning Sun: A Relief Benefit for the Philippines

A special fundraiser goes down tonight at Revival, to help Plan Canada's efforts to aid the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 8, killing over five thousand people and destroying the property and homes of over 11 million others. Doing their part to throw an awesome party for an awesome cause are Skratch Bastid, MC Flipside, Adam K, DJ Shine, Fritz Helder, and many others. Sportsnet's Hazel Mae and CP24's Melissa Grelo will host the event, and there will be some awesome comestibles available, courtesy of Caplansky's, Lamesa, and Sukho Thai. Revival (783 College Street) 7PM $10 (minimum donation).

ART | Todd James

American visual artist Todd James' exhibition carries on at the Cooper Cole Gallery today. This is the first solo exhibition in Canada for this New York city based artist, who has had his work displayed in various locales around the world, including the Tate Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and others. Following in the tradition of Warhol and others, who combined a "serious" fine art practice, with commercial work in the entertainment industry, James' work has been used as album covers and otherwise by The Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop, and others. The exhibition runs until December 7th. Cooper Cole Gallery (161 Dundas Street West) 1pm-6pm.

BOOKS & LIT | In Person: Les Stroud

Canadian wilderness maven and Discovery Channel celeb Les Stroud will be talking about his new book, Beyond Survivorman at Chapters on The Queensway. Stroud is known as the creator of the Survivorman television series, which finds him roughing it out in various hostile climates and environments. This book features photographs by Laura Bombier, and finds Stroud in different areas of the globe, connecting with different regions and people, from the the San Bushmen in Africa to Malasian Sea Gypsies. Chapters (1950 The Queensway) 7PM.

CULTURE | Mapping Harbord Village: Stories of a Neighbourhood

A bit of TO history gets shared tonight at the Miles Nadal JCC, with the launch and reception for the exhibition Mapping Harbord Village: Stories of a Neighbourhood. Both photography and "oral histories" make up the work put together by the Harbord Village Residents' Association and a group of students from the University of Toronto's Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) program. Interviews were conducted, and photos gathered, and the result is an interesting portrait of this area prior to 1975, that will be something for any maven of TO history to check out. The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Jacobs Lounge (750 Spadina Avenue) 6PM.


FILM | European Union Film Festival

For two more nights Torontonians can catch features at the European Union Film Festival from Euro destinations from Bulgaria to the UK and from Croatia to Finland, France, Greece, Romania, and well, you get it. Ongoing until November 27 the ninth annual fest will screen 34 films from 28 countries for free (yes, for free!) at The Royal Cinema. Read our preview here. Until Wednesday, November 27, The Royal Cinema (608 College St), various showtimes, all screenings free (reserved seats $10).

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