Photo of Contrived by Richard Lann.
MUSIC: Record label Hand Drawn Dracula presents a night of musical favourites at the Whippersnapper Gallery. Headlining are Contrived, who have just released their newest CD Blank, Blank, Blank. Holy Fuck’s Brian Borcherdt goes intimately solo with his new CD Coyotes. He and Contrived are joined by Julie Fader and Off the International Radar. DJs Graham Walsh (also of Holy Fuck) and Shit La Merde spin between live sets. Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College Street), 9 p.m., $7.
DESIGN: Come Up to My Room 2009—a curated alternative to the IDS09 show also happening this weekend—offers a selected group of artists designer carte-blanche to play in own room. The design projects spill out of the private and into the public spaces of the Gladstone’s second floor. New this year are chair designs from University of Waterloo architecture students and the first ever Come Up to My Room design blog. Saturday activities include a panel discussion (11 a.m), a reception (7 p.m.), and the free-admission LoveDESIGN party with music from DJs Jaime Sin and Cozmic Cat. We’ll be taking a closer look at all this fun stuff soon. Gladstone Hotel, second floor (1214 Queen Street West), 12–8 p.m., $8 (includes the show catalogue).
MUSIC: Accordion tough-guy Geoff Berner releases his new CD Klezmer Mongrel with special guest tour-mates Forest City Lovers. Geoff Berner promises drinking, politics, and sex from his authentic yet ever-so-punk Klezmer band. Forest City Lovers promise pretty music that rocks. Tranzac Main Hall (292 Brunswick), 9 p.m., $10.
BIRTHDAY: Bob Marley would have turned sixty-four tomorrow, had fate not flung him into the realm of legend. IrieBand headlines the fourth annual Official Bob Marley Birthday Tribute at the El Mocambo, a fundraiser for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Also playing are Blessed, Kulcha-ites, DJ Chuck Boom, and Humble. Tomorrow night NuFunk hosts an almost identical Daily Bread fundraising birthday bash at Lee’s Palace. El Mocambo (462 Spadina Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $15 ($10 with food donation).
FILM: Canadian Film Centre–produced Nurse. Fighter. Boy opens tonight at select theatres in Toronto and Vancouver. The title’s three nouns are for the three main characters of the story, all of whom are fighting to survive difficult lives. Your theatre stub grants you free entry to the after-screening party where you can schmooze with the filmmakers and listen to “surprise” musical guests. Harlem Bar (67 Richmond Street East), 10:30 p.m., FREE with ticket stub, $10 without.