Today in Toronto: Stand up for women at a vigil for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, wash down your gourmet vegan dinner with a perfectly matched beer at the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series, listen to a performance of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, get in the holiday spirit with BITCH SALAD's 25th comedy show, and head to the Dakota Tavern for the fifth edition of Jason Collett's Basement Revue Series.
RALLY: On December 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal because of their gender. To honour their memory and the memory of all women faced with violence, today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Women Won’t Forget will be hosting a vigil to raise awareness of the issue at Philosopher’s Walk with speakers and musical performances. Philosopher’s Walk (between the ROM and the Royal Conservatory off Bloor Street), 6 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: What’s better than having a nice cold pint of beer? Well, having some beer-friendly food to go along with it never hurts. The Canadian Beer News is launching the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series tonight, and the first event will feature organic beers from Beau’s All-Natural Brewing accompanied by a gourmet vegan meal by Chef Doug McNish. The Windsor Arms Hotel (18 Saint Thomas Street), 6:30 p.m., $95.
MUSIC: There are lots of ways to get in the holiday spirit around the city, and tonight is no exception. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale—Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles—alongside Maderaz Latin Music and COBA, will be playing a program of Afro-Latin and Andean rhythms called “An Indigo Christmas…Navidad Nuestra” The concert will feature two pieces from Argentinean composer Ariel Ramírez: “Misa Criolla” and “Navidad Nuestra.” Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning (273 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $39–$53.
COMEDY: Also in the holiday spirit is well-known queer comedy show BITCH SALAD, which will be celebrating its 25th show with a holiday-themed edition called “T’was the BITCH SALAD Before Christmas 2011.” Tonight’s show will feature Debra DiGiovanni, Allyson Smith, Emma Hunter, Julia Hladkowicz, and Heidi Brander with regular host Andrew Johnston. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8:30 p.m., $10.
REVUE: It’s the first Tuesday in December, and that means it’s the official start of the Jason Collett–curated Basement Revue Series. Every Tuesday this month at the Dakota Tavern, Collett will present an evening with musicians, songwriters, poets, authors, storytellers, and friends. Past years‘ guests have included Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, James Shaw of Metric, Charles Spearin’s The Happiness Project, celebrity chef Michael P. Clive and poets Damien Rogers, Ken Babstock, and Kevin Connolly. This is the fifth year of the series, which the National Post called “an unlikely gathering of some of the city’s most prodigious indie musical and literary talents.” Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $25.
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