FILM: More than a week of blood, guts, and gore begins today as the Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off. The festival features a slew of highly anticipated horror films, including the hilarious-looking I Sell The Dead starring Ron Perlman of Hellboy fame. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), October 17–24, $12 and up.
MUSIC: Sarah McLachlan will be performing early this morning at a CBC Radio Q event, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. All proceeds will go to the Sarah McLachlan Foundation, presumably to teach children how to wear pastel flowing dresses and make dandelion wreaths for their hair. Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street), 8:30 a.m., $5 suggested donation.
PARTY: If Sarah’s 8:30 a.m. performance isn’t quite your bag, you might want to check out Randomland tonight. Montreal DJs and illegal street party enthusiasts Megasoid (a.k.a. Ninja Tune producer Sixtoo and Wolf Parade‘s Hadji Bakara) will be trading rooftops and overpasses for the lavish, glittering interior of CiRCA tonight alongside Toronto electro duo VND/LSM (who also go under the name AutoErotique). CiRCA Nightclub (126 John Street), 10 p.m., $15.
ART: Not-for-profit art collective OBJECToronto are holding the opening reception for their three-day art exhibition at the Gladstone tonight. Artists Paul McClure, Vivienne Jones, Melanie Egan, David H. Kaye, and Sarah Troper will have their contemporary crafts on display. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), October 17–19, Opening reception tonight from 7–10 p.m., $5.
VIDEO GAMES: Kindly put aside any negative feelings towards big-box electronic chain Best Buy (Torontoist has also felt the pain of being tricked into spending $150 on audio/video cables, all just to play Blades of Steel), because they’re giving us a chance to play Gears of War 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and Little Big Planet before the games have even been released, at this year’s Gaming Invasion at Yonge-Dundas Square. It starts at 2 p.m. this afternoon, so tell your girlfriend that you’re going to watch Batman for a fifth time, grab a controller, and rock on (cue Kansas’ Carry on My Wayward Son). October 17–19, FREE.
Photo still from I Sell The Dead courtesy of Toronto After Dark Film Festival