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ART: Barbershop Gallery is holding an exhibition/auction in support of non-profit community group Sketch, which helps homeless and disadvantaged people engage with the arts. Photobloggers Sam Javanrouh, Rannie Turingan, and Istoica curated this photography exhibition that captures big-name Toronto artists in their environment: Thrush Holmes, Brendan Flanagan, and artist collective Team Macho are all on the bill. Coming to the opening tonight means fringe benefits like a DJ set and free cupcakes. Barbershop Gallery (1718 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
SHOPPING: Nathalie-Roze & Co., the east-end mecca for DIY fashion, is having a massive sale to encourage and, perhaps even celebrate, recession-friendly shopping. Roze has a keen eye for local fashion, stocking the work of Paper People, Ruby Redux, and Dagg and Stacey. She also knows how to throw a party. Tonight’s sale includes snacks from Sushi Marche and Dessert Lady, as well as gratis beer, wine, and cocktails. Oh, and not to mention there’s up to 70% off hand-made duds. Nathalie-Roze & Co. (1015 Queen Street East), 6–9:30 p.m., FREE.
MAGAZINES: The sleek arts mag Corduroy launches its fifth issue tonight at the Ossington. It profiles actors, artists, musicians, directors, designers, and pretty much anyone who produces quality artwork. Just look at the list of celeb portraits Corduroy has racked up over two years: David Cross, Jena Malone, Michel Gondry, and the latest cover girl Emily Mortimer on the new issue. Like so many talented Canadians, the founders Peter Ash Lee and Tim Chan now live in New York City, but they retain a Canuck connection by keeping a small team of Corduroy staff in Toronto. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE.
COMICS: Kid Koala (AKA Eric San), is the perfect choice to launch the Toronto Comic Arts Fest tonight at Lee’s Palace. Not only does this DJ spin great beats, he also draws sweet, melancholic comics about robots and love. Tonight he’ll spin on four tables, while a pillow fight and raffle go on around him. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $18.50 at Rotate This and Soundscapes.