Tonight: The Gayest Show on Earth takes over the Gladstone, music critics discuss the Polaris Prize, and a celebration of Gino Bartali's Road to Valor.
BOOKS: In both 1938 and 1948, Tuscan cyclist Gino Bartali won the Tour de France, setting the record for the longest time span between victories. Recent findings reveal that Bartali also secretly aided Jews during World War II, sometimes smuggling false-identity documents in the frame of his bicycle. Road to Valor, penned by authors Aili and Andres McConnon, celebrates Bartali’s remarkable life and will be launched tonight with a meet and greet, interview, and book signing. La Bicicletta (1180 Castlefield Avenue), 6 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Join some of Toronto’s sharpest music critics for a panel discussion on last week’s Polaris Music Prize Long List announcement. Opinions will be abundant, as will short-list predictions. Moderated by James Keast (editor of Exclaim!), this panel features Liisa Ladouceur (Encyclopedia Gothica), Michael Joffe (AUX), Aaron Levin (Weird Canada), and Ian Steaman (Different Kitchen). Drake Hotel, Lounge (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.
LAUGHS: Queer Vancouver comedian Darcy Michael headlines The Gayest Show on Earth as part of Pride Week 2012. Celebrate everything queer with Toronto’s best stand-up, sketch, improv, music, and drag performances over cocktails or dinner. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
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