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Toronto techno talent Arthur Oskan. Photo by Sven Frenzel.
MUSIC: Electronic music collective, think tank, and label Thoughtless Music is throwing a release party for Toronto techno artist Arthur Oskan‘s latest, Eggshells. After numerous remixes and compilation appearances for Thoughtless—under his real name and under his Myers Briggs alias—Oskan has produced a full EP of his infectious, Detroit-inspired work, along with remixes from Lucas Rodenbush and Toronto’s Jamie Kidd and dubstep champ XI. Tonight’s party will feature a live performance by Oskan, as well as DJ sets by XI, Kidd, and Thoughtless bossman Noah Pred. Nocture (550 Queen Street West), doors at 10 p.m., $5 before midnight, $10 after.
ENVIRONMENT: Earth Day may have been yesterday, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about living greener for another year. Several environment-related events are taking place today, the first of which calls you to action for a mere twenty minutes: at 2 p.m., collect litter from our streets with other concerned Torontonians in the 20 Minute Makeover. Locations across Toronto; phone 311 for details.
WEBCAST: Back before TV, reality TV, and long before the internet and YouTube, families used to gather around the radio to catch the latest episode of their favourite drama. These serials were a unique genre, evoking plot, action, character, and suspense, and engaging audiences through only voice and sound. The strangely named Pirate Banana aims to resuscitate the art form, but to do so via the web, giving visitors some respite from its video-laden content. The nine-part comedy series features a whole slew of strange combinations—pirates, Kung Fu, Satan, hot chicks, Krank’s liver, a guy with a mop bucket on his head, and a talking, sentient banana—and some great talent to bring it all to life. The series kicks off tonight with a live performance of the first episode, readings of related stories, and a pirate and banana–themed open mic. Pirate garb is optional, but applauded. The Central (603 Markham Street), 7 p.m., PWYC.
ART: For those of you who rarely venture east of Yonge, or have only tested the most westerly stretch of the Danforth, the next two weeks present the perfect opportunity to broaden your Toronto horizons. Using empty storefronts, operating retail establishments, parks, and the street itself, the Art of the Danforth aims to unify and give voice to the cultural diversity along the Danforth, as well as highlight the artistic talent found in and beyond the community. The festival comprises exhibits, activities, and performances suited for avid art lovers and families alike. Multiple locations on and near the Danforth, between Greenwood and Woodbine Avenues, runs until May 2, FREE.
ENVIRONMENT: Beginning today and running all weekend, the Green Living Show brings together hundreds of Earth-friendly exhibitors to inspire and educate you on the latest green products and services spanning a vast array of industries—from energy to kids and baby care, to fashion and travel. The opening day of the show also features the Green Toronto Awards, celebrating some of the individuals, organizations, and companies leading the way to a greener Toronto. The ceremony will be hosted by Mayor Miller, the deputy mayor, and CTV’s Michael Kuss. Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes Boulevard); show: 10 a.m.–9 p.m., awards: 7–9 p.m.; FREE with e-waste donation, otherwise: $12 adults, $9 seniors and students.