SCULPTURE: Almost two hundred years ago, American ships sailed into the Toronto harbour at Fort York and released an army of soldiers who then set fire to the city. A battle ensued and by the time the War of 1812 had ended, Canada had the confidence to develop as a nation and the Americans found themselves rebuilding their White House. Douglas Coupland—writer, artist, and lover of all things Canadian—commemorates the event with his new sculpture Memorial to the War of 1812, to be unveiled today near the site of Fort York. 600 Fleet Street, 12:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Those of us not lucky enough to be treated to Feist’s two intimate shows last week will have to make do with seeing her, and special guest Hayden, at her big show at the Air Canada Centre. Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street), 8 p.m., $29.50–$49.50.
READING: This Ain’t the Rosedale Library is celebrating the Toronto launch of Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new San Fransisco hard-times chronicle So Many Ways to Sleep Badly with a reading at The Boat tonight, near the bookstore’s new Kensington Market home. Hosting the event is Sandra Alland, with introductions and readings by (Torontoist contributor) Stacey May Fowles, Hal Niedzviecki, and Tara-Michelle Ziniuk. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue) 7 p.m., $5.
READING: Former CBC radio host Bill Richardson will be reading from his new book Old Father William’s Well-Ordered Universe at Innis Town Hall tonight as part of the UofT Reading Series. The book weaves together many, many snippets of humorous trivia that may, or may not, actually have anything to do with each other. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $5.
REMEMBRANCE: Speaking of wars and remembrance, the Royal Canadian Legion has launched its 2008 poppy campaign. Veterans and children everywhere will be offering them in return for your donation, which goes toward the care of elderly or disabled Canadian veterans.
Photo by Vicky Peters