MUSIC: Today, War Child Canada is presenting “Busking For Change,” a day-long busking event featuring a number of reasonably successful Canadian performers. Among those performing are Our Lady Peace‘s Raine Maida (a fervent supporter of War Child Canada), Chantal Kreviazuk, Zack Werner, The Waking Eyes, and Neverending White Lights. Expect to see lots of teenaged girls unable to control their excitement, and a slough of disgruntled buskers who’ve had their spots stolen by real musicians with stable income. Various locations in the downtown core, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.., FREE (plus the donation to War Child Canada you’ll inevitably end up making).
ART: Curators Chris Mitchell and Jade Rude, in association with the Gladstone Hotel, are presenting “upArt,” a new contemporary art fair which will run until Sunday. The salon-style fair will take place on the entire second floor of the hotel, with site-specific installations in each of the eleven exhibition rooms. The reception for the show is tomorrow night at 7 p.m., but those eager to see the fair will be able to preview the exhibition from 4 to 8 p.m. today. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 4 p.m., $7.
WORDS: Tightrope Books, in association with This Is Not A Reading Series, is presenting a double book launch tonight at the Tranzac. Editors Paola Poletto and Jake Kennedy are releasing Boredom Fighters, an anthology of graphic poetry. As well, writer Sean Stanley and illustrator Kristi-Ly Green will be releasing their new graphic novel, Etcetera and Otherwise. Following a group discussion with the four authors, there will be a “graphic poetry slam” and a DJ set by DJ Hollyrock. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
ART: The Toronto International Art Fair returns today for its ninth year. The four-day event, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will showcase over 5,000 works from 14 countries. There is an opening preview for the fair tonight featuring appearances from Mayor David Miller, the AGO’s Director of Collections and Research, Dennis Reid, and the Managing Director of the Toronto International Art Fair, Linel Rebenchuk. For those of you that don’t feel like coughing up $190 to attend the preview tonight, never fear: admission during the fair is only $18. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), 6:30 p.m., $190.
WORDS: Author/chef Jennifer McLagan is celebrating the release of her new cookbook Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes, with a demonstration and discussion tonight at the Danforth TYPE Books. The book tells us why we should eat fat and how to select the right fats for use in the kitchen. Bring all your anorexic friends and watch them recoil in horror all night long. TYPE Books (503 Danforth Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
Photo of Raine Maida at last year’s “Busking for Change” by Pete Nema.