WORDS: “This Is Not A Reading Series For Tots,” a new monthly literary program for children that we told you about a few weeks ago, is launching today at the Gladstone Hotel. Kids aged two to eight will get to meet the authors of childrens’ books and participate in art activities, sing-a-longs, and puppet shows. Speaking today is Matt Hammill, who will be giving a PowerPoint presentation about his new book, Sir Reginald’s Logbook. Kids will then get to do some art projects with author/artist Irene Luxbacher, who will guide the kids through some of the lessons in her Starting Art Series for children. Hosting the event is playwright/novelist Claudia Dey. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 8:30 a.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: Ladyfest continues. Today at 11 a.m., there will be a craft market at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church. The D-I-Y vendors will be selling artwork, crafts, zines, and other handmade items, with prices ranging from $2 to $75 (103 Bellevue Avenue, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE). Also at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields church this afternoon is an all ages concert featuring Ghost Bees, Isla Craig, and Samantha Martin (103 Bellevue Avenue, 3 p.m., $5–$10). Afterward, head over to the Tranzac, where Rae Spoon, party time, Lisa Bozikovic, Sita Black, and Dinah Thorpe will all be playing (292 Brunswick Avenue, 9 p.m., $5–$10).
ART: The Canadian Art Foundation’s annual Gallery Hop is returning today for its thirteenth year. The day kicks off with a panel discussion at OCAD on art in the 21st century, with a panel that includes Vancouver artist Gareth Moore, Toronto curator Helena Reckitt, and Montreal artist John Zeppetelli (100 McCaul Street, 11 a.m., FREE). Then, at 1 p.m., over seventy galleries across Toronto will open their doors for free gallery tours. A couple of the galleries will also offer panel discussions with artists and dealers, including an interview with Toronto-based artist Nestor Kruger to celebrate his new exhibit at Art Metropole, “Oblivion” (various locations, 1 p.m., FREE).
DANCE: Popular Toronto dance night “YO! Remember the ‘90s?” is returning tonight after a summer hiatus. The event, presented by promotion group YO! Jamz, will feature top hits of the 1990s spun all night by DJs Dylan Mackay, Dale Cooper, and Uncle Phil, while your favourite films of the decade are projected on the walls. Augusta House (152 Augusta Avenue), 10 p.m., $5.
Photo by B. Weaver.