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In today’s Toronto: the best in Canadian reggae, The Power Plant reveals a hot new look, and a very special benefit screening of the unreleased film West is West.
ART: The Power Plant is reopening to the public tonight, with a party to celebrate its refurbished new look. A new lobby redesign was led by Bruce Kuwabara of KPMB Architects, coinciding with a brand new website and three new exhibitions. The exhibitions will feature internationally-acclaimed artists Thomas Hirschhorn (The Eye) and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Phantom Truck + Always After), as well as up-and-coming artists from North America (To What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong?), and run until May 29. The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre (231 Queens Quay West), 6 p.m., opening party is FREE.
BENEFIT: World Literacy Canada presents a special screening of West is West before its official release in Canada, as part of the Eyes on India 2011 festival. Tickets to the screening also come with other assorted goodies such as an invite to a pre-screening reception at Aroma Indian Cuisine, and passes to the Maharaja exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 7 p.m., $25 for students, $50 general admission.
MUSIC: If island music’s your thing, past reggae/calypso Juno award winners, along with some of the most promising new acts, are coming together to put on a retrospective showcase. This is the first installment of a two night event—the next one takes place Thursday, March 17. Tonight’s show features Liberty Silver, Messenjah, Lazo, Jayson and Friends, and Lillian Allen. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street), doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m., $20.
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK: It’s on, and it’s full of more music than you can handle. Keep an eye out at 11 a.m. every day between now and Sunday, when we’ll be publishing our list of tonight’s best picks.