ART: The Institute for Contemporary Culture—the arm of the Royal Ontario Museum responsible for the recent “Unbuilt Toronto” exhibit—initiates phase two of “Housepaint,” an installation that invites Canada’s best street artists in from the cold. The project is a collaborative memorial to Toronto’s former tent city, and is intended to continue addressing the issue of homelessness in Toronto. The resulting canvas houses will be auctioned off to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. Royal Ontario Museum, Roloff Beny Gallery (100 Queen’s Park), 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., FREE with admission ($22).
HOLIDAYS: Whippersnapper Gallery‘s holiday celebrations begin with a craft show and end with a party. All are welcome. The day begins with The Other Kind craft show, a twenty-vendor fair of local artists accompanied by light musical side-notes. The gallery hasn’t given away much about the party, but we suspect music will be a main feature. Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College Street), craft show: 12–6 p.m., FREE, party: 9 p.m., $5.
HOLIDAYS: Hang on to your hand-knit hats—we’re about to tell you about another craft show! City of Craft 2008 is trying to outdo itself. This year’s show has burst the seams of the Theatre Centre, and infiltrated stores in the surrounding neighbourhood. There are art installations. There are do-it-yourself workshops to make free gifts! There are giveaways—swag bags screen-printed by Studio XIX for the first 100 participants. And there are even local craft vendors ready to sell you the perfect gift. Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 12–8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: If you were looking to pick an evening to go skating at Harbourfront, this may be a good one. CBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting this week’s R3-30 countdown with Craig Norris live from the Natrel ice rink. The event is part of Harbourfront’s SK8 Culture program. The three hour live broadcast will be followed by two more hours of music from CBC Radio 3. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 6–11 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: London, England’s Fake Blood will be spinning his haunting mash-ups at Wrongbar tonight, in honour of the Queen West bar’s first birthday. Co-owner Nasty Nav will be adding to the mix, along with guests Samosa Brothers and Shit La Merde. Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $15.
Housepaint panel by Evoke, photo of panel by Tyler Young, courtesy of Institute for Contemporary Culture.