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David Cronenberg’s body-horror classic Videodrome screens tonight to kick off TIFF Bell Lightbox’s Essential Cinema series. Cronenberg himself will be present to introduce the film. Image courtesy of TIFF and Photofest.
Today, the CBC kicks off Culture Days, the new Bell Lightbox screens the essentials, local designers create furniture for community housing, and Katherine Govier reads from her latest novel.
CULTURE: From September 24 to 26, events across the country will celebrate the inaugural year of Culture Days, a movement devoted to engagement with arts and culture in Canadian communities. To kick off the festivities, today the CBC is hosting a marathon of free events to celebrate the art of broadcasting. Starting at 9 a.m., there will be live broadcasts of Q with Jian Ghomeshi and Steven and Chris, as well as opportunities to meet the stars of CBC radio and TV, including the casts of Being Erica, The Tudors, and Battle of the Blades (for your mom). Great Lake Swimmers will be making two appearances, performing first with Jason Collett and Zeus as part of a live kids’ broadcast at 2 p.m., and again at 9 p.m. with Bedouin Soundclash as part of a music event hosted by Ghomeshi and—it wouldn’t be a CBC event without him—Strombo. Yonge-Dundas Square, 9 a.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Last week, doors opened at the shining star of the Toronto International Film Festival: the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a sparkling tribute to the magic of film, housing galleries, learning centres, and five cinemas. Now that the festival is over, the Lightbox’s Essential Cinema film series—which includes screenings, lectures, interviews, and more—starts today. There will be screenings starting from noon today, including oldies like L’Avventura and Citizen Kane, and newer titles like the TIFF ’10 hit Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. But tonight’s pièce de résistance is a screening of David Cronenberg‘s gruesome body-horror classic Videodrome, with Cronenberg on hand to introduce the film. Bell Lightbox (corner of King and John streets), screenings from 12 p.m. onwards; Videodrome 9:15 p.m.; regular screenings: $12/regular, $9.50/students and seniors, $8.50/kids; Videodrome: $18.75/regular, $15/students and seniors.
EXHIBIT: Edmond Place is a new affordable-housing development in Parkdale, and in 2009 it partnered with PDA (Public Displays of Affection) to seek a new, less institutional source of furnishings. The result is over sixty pieces of furniture created and donated by local designers, community members, and businesses. Contributors include MADE, Tinsel & Sawdust, Brothers Dressler, TUG (the Toronto Upcycling Group), and many more. Tonight the pieces will be revealed in an exhibition that honours the co-operative spirit of the donors, and design’s potential for social improvement. The exhibit runs until September 29. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 6–10 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Katherine Govier is renowned for her evocative, lyrical historical novels, many of which focus on enhancing the knowable nature of place. Much of her fiction focuses on the familiar terrain of Toronto, including the The Truth Teller and The Fables of Brunswick Avenue. Her latest novel, The Ghost Brush, travels beyond the perimeter of the GTA to Japan, where an art historian is haunted by the spirit of an ancient printmaker’s daughter. Tonight, Govier will discuss and read from The Ghost Brush as part of the Toronto Public Library’s eh List series. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.