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Anokhi, 2007 by Sunil Gupta, courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery.
PHOTOGRAPHY: “Mr. Malhorta’s Party,” a striking exhibit by Sunil Gupta, features a series of photographic portraits that explore issues of gender and sexuality. The exhibit, which runs until July 18, captures the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals in India’s second-largest city, Delhi, over the last three decades. At “Mr. Malhorta’s Party,” a reference to gay nights at clubs in the city, you will meet individuals like Kaushiki, Diepriye, Anokhi, Raju, and Bikram—all of whom identify themselves as “queer”—embracing their identify and outing themselves against an urban backdrop. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Dave Bidini and his new band—appropriately named BidiniBand—are celebrating the release of their debut album, The Land Is Wild, tonight at The Horseshoe Tavern. Bidini, a founding member of The Rheostatics, will be joined by musicians, authors, and comedians for a Hoser March. The march—which we previewed on Thursday—will start at Soundscapes Records at 4:30 p.m., making stops at bookstores, boutiques, and bars en route. The Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $10.
PARTY: SOL[e]D! marks the end of the “Art and Sole” exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum, featuring the work of twenty-four Canadian artists and designers who used white Keds shoes as their canvases. The sneakers will be auctioned off tonight, followed by a dance party courtesy of theShake a Tail DJs. Admission to the event includes something for your eyes, ears, stomach, and mailbox—access to the museum galleries, toe-tappin’ tunes, free food, cheap booze, and a two-year subscription to WORN Fashion Journal. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits Fashion Cares, in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto. The Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., $28.
MUSIC: Three chords (and a guitar) are all you’ll need to join in Toronto’s effort to break the Guinness World Record for the largest guitar jam. Neil Young’s “Helpless” was voted the top song for “The Great Canadian Tune,” happening as part of this year’s Luminato Festival. The current record is held by 1,802 Germans who descended on a city square in 2007 to play Deep Purple’s classic tune “Smoke on the Water.” Yonge-Dundas Square (2 Dundas Street East), 2 p.m., FREE.
CRAFTS: Freedom Clothing Collective always has something up its sleeve. This weekend it’s a two-day backyard craft show, featuring a crew of Toronto-based crafters and designers selling their whimsical wares, including clothing, accessories, jewellery, papercrafts, and zines. If you haven’t made the Buy Handmade Pledge yet, now is a good time to do so. Freedom Clothing Collective (939 Bloor Street West), 1–9 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: *Pardon My Hindi, a San Francisco–based design studio, is rolling into town on a rickshaw and they’re bringing Koushik of Stones Throw Records to spin some tunes. Mymanhenri and Seven:30 are also on the bill. Pardon my Hindi, but you bet your sweet gaand gaand it will be a good time! You’ll be happy leaving with a free Ghee Happy print and a limited-edition mixed cd by Koushik, featuring hand-screened album art by *PMH. Rolly’s Garage (124 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m.–2 a.m., $5 (before 10 p.m.).