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PHOTOGRAPHY: The work of Toronto-based artists Mark Kasumovic and Amanda Arcuri is on display as part of “Human / Nature,” an exhibition curated by Sarah Munro. As the title suggests, the show provides a portal into our relationship with the landscape in this industrialized era, amidst looming environmental concerns. Kasumovic employs electronic lighting to critique the way traditional landscape photography presents the natural world in an ideal state, while Arcuri alters the landscape in public parks with paths of fire and light created by unseen humans. The exhibition runs through March 27, with an opening reception on March 11. Ryerson Gallery (80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 305), 12–5 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The exhibition “Toronto Calling: Photographs Of The British New Wave As It Happened In Toronto 1979–1981” captures the visual aspects of honoured musicians as they graced our concert calendar some three decades ago. As we told you last week, the exhibition promises to be a heady and emotive glimpse through the eyes of young concert-goers and former Torontonians Simon and Nick White. The show features photographs of enigmatic figures and blossoming legends: U2 during their first Toronto show at the El Mocambo, The Ramones’ performance at The New Music Hall on the Danforth, and Joe Strummer at The Clash’s first Toronto gig. Both photographers will be in attendance for tonight’s opening gala. The Roundhouse, Steam Whistle Gallery (255 Bremner Boulevard), 6–11 p.m., FREE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name added to the guest list.
MUSIC: The Toronto SynthFest Showcase returns with the second instalment in a series dedicated to the love of all things synthesized. The showcase series, which started in January, is in preparation for this summer’s second annual SynthFest. Tonight’s show features the release of The Prophesy, the latest EP from local electronic music project Deadlines, fronted by DJ and producer Alex MacMillan (aka Aljack). There will also be performances by pH (aka Sean PH Campbell), These Electric Lives, and Alphabot (aka Jake Roels). The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $5.
BENEFIT: Kill two birds with one stone tonight: help raise funds for a worthwhile cause and enjoy live music by local artists. It’s a fundraiser for the World Parrot Refuge, featuring musical entertainment by Sara Kamin, Mandipaal Jandu, The FrameWork, Emma-Lee, The DoneFors, and Dylan Murray. The event will be hosted by local musician Lindi Ortega and includes a speech by the refuge’s president, Wendy Huntbatch. The World Parrot Refuge, which is located in Coombs, British Columbia, is an organization that provides a permanent home and sanctuary for more than seven hundred previously owned pets and ex-breeding stock that need more than just crackers—many of them have been abandoned, neglected, or abused. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $10.