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BENEFIT: Canadian international art quarterly C Magazine will host their annual benefit tonight at the Birch Libralato Gallery, in support of C The Visual Arts Foundation, a sister organization dedicated to promoting Canadian art on an international level. The event, a live art auction entitled “Spring Fling,” will feature works from more than fifty of Canada’s top contemporary artists, including artist Corwyn Lund‘s above-pictured piece, (Bouquet for) Baghdad, April 20th, 2006. Birch Libralato Gallery (129 Tecumseth Street), 5:30 p.m. (live auction starts at 7:30 p.m.), $50 at the door/$40 in advance.
FASHION: The annual Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week is back, taking place over the next four days at the Fermenting Cellar. The four-day festival of sorts will showcase no fewer than two hundred upcoming fashion designers, musicians, and multimedia artists. For further information and a detailed schedule of fashion showcases and musical performances, head on over to the event’s refreshingly easy-to-navigate website. The Fermenting Cellar (55 Mill Street, Building 6), 6 p.m., $25 entry at the door ($20 day passes and $55 festival passes are for sale in person at the Rage, the Magpie Cafe, Jazma Hair Inc., MOOG Audio, and Flaunt Boutique).
FILM: The Toronto Jewish Film Festival continues today at various theatres around the city. Notable screenings today include the Canadian premiere of Cindy Klein’s 2008 documentary Phyllis and Harold at the Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue, 7:30 p.m.). The Bloor Cinema will host the world theatrical premiere of I Will Not Die, with an appearance from director Marion Rice-Oxley herself (506 Bloor Street West, 8:30 p.m.). Lastly, Israeli director Reshef Levy’s 2008 film, Lost Islands, will celebrate its Canadian premiere at the Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande (4861 Yonge Street, 9 p.m.). Regular admission to all films is $12, and $7 for students and seniors (advanced tickets available here).
WORDS: This Is Not A Reading Series is presenting a panel discussion this evening with former city councillor and mayor John Sewell this evening, coinciding with the launch of Sewell’s new book, The Shape of the Suburbs: Understanding Toronto’s Sprawl. Discussing the cause and effect of urban/suburban developments with Sewell this evening will be Deputy Mayor Jack Heath of Markham, Mayor Rob Burton of Oakville, Mayor Steve Parish of Ajax, and architect Kim Storey. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $5 (free if you buy the book).