Have you ever dreamed of owning a piece of original art inspired by your favourite riot grrrl or metal band? You might just be in luck at the Art vs. Alt Gala, a collaboration between Rosie the Rebel Boutique and the Canadian Alternative Arts Collective. Your $4 cover will get you into the event, which also features music from Food Water Shelter and a surprise guest speaker. You are welcome to purchase any of the art on sale, all of which is priced under $400, or feel good knowing your cover goes to the Collective in support of contemporary alternative artists.
Is there a more fitting way to see a David Suzuki-endorsed film than in the great outdoors? Fort York is host to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project as it screens Project Wild Thing, a feature-length documentary about kids’ increasing disconnection from nature. The film is the centrepiece of an evening that also includes live jazz by Battle of Santiago, Steam Whistle beer (by donation), and an exhibition of green design ideas, as well as crafts and food. Not convinced yet? Perhaps a campfire with all-you-can-eat marshmallows, including a vegan option, will sway you to get out to the Fort.
Since they’re sooo cool, the curators of The Black Museum are playing a bit of hooky this month. Taking a break from schooling horror fans on the finer details of the genre, they’ll be kicking back with a screening of 1985′s atmospheric vampire flick Fright Night. To top it off, attendees will be the first to find out the topics and presenters of the next few lectures.
Toronto-based Local 164 released their debut album, Dreams From Belle County, in December, and are taking to the stage tonight in support of the roots/country record produced by Andrew Penner of the Sunparlour Players. The band goes on at 10:00 p.m., and the Tranzac is right around the corner from a handful of Toronto Fringe Festival venues, so you can cap off your night of supporting local indie theatre by supporting local indie music. You might even find yourself humming one of the band’s folksy murder ballads on your way home.
Summer music season is here, the ’90s are back—surely Lilith Fair is due for a return? Until the organizers of that storied festival see enough Doc Martens on the feet of girls born in 1993 to give the go-ahead, we’ll have to find an alternative for lady-driven alt-rock. Fortunately, the Beaver is here to fill that void with Birkenrock, a night of drinking and dancing to your favourite females in rock, so throw on your Lisa Loeb glasses and head down to the Beaver. Birkenstocks don’t appear to be a requirement.