Wes Anderson’s highly praised Grand Budapest Hotel is full of magnificent vistas and old-world elegance mixed with Anderson’s signature quirkiness. The historic factory-turned-event-space (and soon-to-be hotel) 99 Sudbury seems like the ideal place to watch the film under a blanket of stars. With a menu inspired by the film’s Hungarian setting, Amsterdam brews on tap, and pre-show music by tropicalia band Os Tropies, it sounds like an event that even the most discerning concierge would recommend.
Torontonians have a lot to say about their transit system, so it should come as no surprise that the TTC is the main focus of not just one, but three short documentaries, all screening tonight at the TIFF Bell Lightbox under the umbrella of “Moving Toronto.” Get to the Lightbox via the 504 King streetcar, the subject of one of the films, and impress your fellow passengers with your newfound knowledge of the line on your way home.
If you’re the kind of person who cranks up Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” when it comes on the radio, or if “Who Let the Dogs Out” is still your jam, you won’t want to miss the Re:Cital 2:One-Hit Wonder Edition fundraiser for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. Three bands (Fine Canadian Forces, John Candy Crush, and the FTP Project) will put their own unique spins on your favourite and forgotten earworms. You don’t even have to feel guilty about how much pleasure dancing to “Macarena” brings you: 100 per cent of the evening’s proceeds will go toward music therapy services for those in need.
The members of Scarborough’s EAST Collective, a youth-oriented community arts program run by Scarborough Arts, descend on downtown Toronto for the launch of the project’s second album, Kings and Queens. The young artists come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, including jazz, indie, and spoken word, so the evening should appeal to a variety of tastes. Though members of the collective are as young as 16, the event is 19+.