ART: Tonight, the Liberty Grand hosts the opening night preview for Artist Project Toronto. In addition to bringing together works by close to one-hundred-and-fifty artists, this year’s exhibition also features a series of enlightening seminars, a contest for up-and-coming artists, and a chocolate competition (in which artists create works based on the theme of, you guessed it, chocolate!). A portion of the opening-night proceeds will go to charity, and an after party is slated for the Drake Hotel. The show runs to March 8, with various hours and ticket prices; see their website for full details. The Liberty Grand (25 British Columbia Road), 7–10 p.m., $25.
ART: The CONTACT Photography Festival is still a couple of months away, but CONTACT’s first-ever fundraiser hits the Burroughes Building tonight. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online or by calling 416-539-9595. For an extra $25, you get entered in an open draw for prizes, including Porter Airline flights, Roots bags, and artist prints. Burroughes Building (639 Queen Street West), 8 p.m.–3 a.m., $75–$100.
MUSIC: Clinton’s is hosting the first-ever accessible concert for the deaf and hard of hearing tonight, featuring “emoti-chairs,” interpreters, captions, music visualizations, and REALLY LOUD music. Fox Jaws, The Dufraines, ill.gates, Stéphane Vera, and Hollywood Swank are scheduled to perform. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
WORDS: Media Action hosts a public forum tonight to press for changes in advertising. In partnership with Shameless Magazine and the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, “Beauty (Mis)represented: What’s the Matter With Airbrushing Advertisements?” will feature a demonstration of digital manipulation of images and a panel discussion to debate the issue from all sides. Room 5-280 at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (252 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Spacing is sponsoring “A Rust Belt Requiem?” tonight, a panel discussion at the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre. Supported by an array of photographic and video evidence, the panel will focus on the history and current state of factory towns—both as reality and cultural idea—as well as the issues these communities confront. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Space is limited, so your best bet to get in is to register by e-mailling [email protected]. Campbell Conference Room in The Munk Centre (1 Devonshire Place), 6–8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Rivoli hosts a Confidential Records showcase tonight, with an eclectic line up of indie artists including folk artist Karyn Ellis, singer/songwriter Chris Gostling, and indie rockers The Little Deaths. DJ Chili Banks will also contribute a set of music to the festivities. The cover charge includes a compilation CD featuring the artists. Rivoli (334 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $8.