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ART: Kris Knight’s new paintings suggest to us what might happen if the cast of Blue Velvet turned up at our cottage at the end of November, intending to stay. His new exhibit “Farewell Log Cabin” turns the clock back to the winter season, a time when cabin fever sets in like an old sock on the collective Canadian soul. Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects hosts the opening reception tonight for this disturbing and beautiful solo show, on until July 18 at the gallery. Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (1082 Queen Street West), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Fuse Magazine’s launch of its new summer issue, “Goliath vs Goliath,” bites off what only a giant could chew. The evening begins with “Demystifying the Creative City,” a panel discussion featuring Liette Gilbert, Uzma Shakir, and Pamila Matharu. The speakers seek to break down the real ideas behind the recently politicized labels “creative class” and “creative city.” The panel is followed by a town hall–style open discussion. At 9 p.m. the party starts with a DJ, dancing, and general issue launching. Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: With more artists than you could shake a stick at, the Koffler Centre presents The Wrecking Ball, a last fundraising hurrah before the gallery moves to the yet-to-be-completed Sherman Campus. The party features unique one-night-only installations by Koffler Gallery artists, plus the “Russia: Beyond Utopia” exhibit of international photographer Andrew Moore, a silent art auction, and more. Thematic cocktails (“Screwdriver,” anyone?) and desserts will be served. Koffler Centre of the Arts (4588 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $65.
MUSIC: The Drake Hotel’s Sky Yard boasts an interesting convergence of events this evening that has lots of potential. DJ crew Girls’ Night Out host a Girls’ Day Out deck party with special guest Josh Reichmann / Oracle Band and Wyrd Visions from 5 p.m.–12 a.m. There are enticing drink specials and no cover. To one side of the rooftop patio in studio 222, 69 Vintage will be setting up their Gypsy Caravan vintage sale of classic rock attire and other cool gems from 8 p.m.–2 a.m. It’s a perfect opportunity to get drunk on the sun (or uh,…rain), make spontaneous purchases, and dance around in crazy costumes, unfettered. The Drake Hotel, Sky Yard (1150 Queen Street West, rooftop), 5 p.m. music, 8 p.m. fashion, FREE.
PARTY: The Toronto Cyclists Union turns one year old! The organization holds its first annual general meeting for members and prospective members, followed by an anniversary party open to all. This is a great opportunity to meet the volunteers and other cyclists who work so hard to make this city safe for biking. Centre for Social Innovation, suite 400 (215 Spadina Avenue), AGM at 7 p.m., party at 8 p.m., FREE.