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Brad Casey, a.k.a. Cigarettes, releases his debut album, Will to War and Wreck It, at the Music Gallery tonight. Detail of a photo by Juni Bimm.
In today’s Urban Planner: the Deadly Nightshades and Tigerlilies collaborate on a fashion fair and dance party, Zeesy Powers offers free therapy in her new performance piece, the Images Festival opens, and Cigarettes launches a debut album.
SHOP ‘N’ POP: Toronto’s most dangerous, sultry, and fashionably dressed bicycle gang, the Deadly Nightshades, have teamed up with Tigerlilies on a Spring Pop-Up, showcasing goods and trades from almost two dozen local designers and independent crafters. The Nightshades will also play host to a dance party after the wares are put away. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 5 p.m., FREE (dance party after 10 p.m., $5)
PERFORMANCE: Performance artist Zeesy Powers, who we singled out for her collaboration with 2010 Heroes the National Theatre of the World at SummerWorks last year, is back with a new exhibit, Subjects. This time, she’s not pretending to be your three-minute girlfriend, or giving away money; she’s auditioning candidates for a new reality TV series, and giving them her own special brand of analysis. You can book an appointment throughout the run of her exhibit, weekends in April, or be one of the first drop-in candidates/clients at this evening’s reception. Whippersnapper Gallery (594B Dundas Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The 2011 Images Festival opens tonight with a gala screening of the Chinese docudrama hybrid Rivers and My Father. We’ll have more preview coverage of the festival later today, but for now, you might want to secure tonight’s passes while there are still some available. Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 7 p.m., $12.
MUSIC: Vancouver’s Dan Bejar, a.k.a. Destroyer, is playing Lee’s Palace tonight, but his gig has been sold out for ages now. As a worthy alternative, we suggest a local “a.k.a.” musician: Brad Casey, as Cigarettes, releases a debut album tonight, with support from Nightwood and LOOM, at the acoustically exquisite Music Gallery. Casey has been posting two songs a week from Will to War and Wreck It online, and the album in its entirety is available for download as of today. Have a listen, and see if you’d like to hear it live. The Music Gallery (197 John Street) 7 p.m. (Nightwood starts at 7:30 p.m.), $10.