MUSIC: The Polaris Music Prize Gala is happening tonight at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, where the winner of this year’s best Canadian album will receive $20,000. The gala will include performances from nominees Holy Fuck, Shad, Two Hours Traffic, Basia Bulat, and Plants and Animals—but it’s also invite-only. Those of you who can’t get in have still got a number of options, though: CBC Radio 3‘s Grant Lawrence will be hosting a live broadcast of the gala, which you can listen to on both CBC Radio 3 and Sirius Channel 86. You can also head over to the Drake Hotel, where there will be a free official after party open to the (of age) public. Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh from Holy Fuck will be DJing, along with Shad and DJ T-Lo (1150 Queen Street West, 10 p.m., FREE).
WORDS: This Is Not A Reading Series continues with another book launch and discussion. Austin Clarke, winner of the Giller Prize for his 2002 novel The Polished Hoe, is releasing his new novel, More. The book follows the troubles of a black single mother raising a teenage boy. Clarke will be in conversation with CBC Radio One anchor Garvia Bailey (host of Big City, Small World) to discuss his novel and the ways it’s reflected in today’s Toronto. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Dynamo Théâtre, an internationally-renowned acrobatic theatre company, will be presenting Ghosts and Ladders until October 11 at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. The show tells the story of a family overwhelmed by secrets, who—naturally—express themselves through music and acrobatics. The show is presented in association with “Québec Now!” a celebration of Québec culture going on at the Harbourfront Centre. Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People Mainstage (165 Front Street East), 10:15 a.m., $15–$20.
Photo of Shad filming “The Old Prince Still Lives At Home” by explosive laughter from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.