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FASHION: Pioneering fashion photographer and blogger Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist took a break from the New York-Paris-Milan circuit to stop in Toronto earlier this week for an appearance at Holt Renfrew. Schuman’s photography is being featured as part of an in-store exhibition paying homage to fashion bloggers. The exhibition, which runs through July 29, also features bloggers Jane Aldridge, Anita Clarke, Tommy Ton, Bryan Boy, and Garance Doré. In his blog, Schuman employs his keen eye for design and finds inspiration on city streets, featuring photographs of chic celebrities and fashion-forward commoners alike. Since 2005, The Sartorialist has developed a loyal following, receiving big-ups from Time‘s Style and Design 100, and landing Schuman regular gigs with GQ and Style.com. Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West), 10 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Stars songstress Amy Millan graced Harbourfront’s stage two weeks ago with seventeen of her closest friends—members and comrades of Broken Social Scene—and now she’s back with a hometown solo performance as part of the Canadian Voices series. Millan, joined by labelmate Gentleman Reg, will bring her melancholy blend of country and folk to the stage tonight before embarking on a North American tour this fall to promote the upcoming release of her sophomore album, Masters Of The Burial. The first single from the new album, “Bruised Ghosts,”—which may sound familiar from BSS’s 2004 Live At Radio Aligre FM in Paris release—is available for free on the Arts & Crafts Sampler Volume 6. If you can’t make it out tonight, CBC Radio 3 will be providing live coverage of the show. SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., FREE.
CULTURE: The nineteenth annual Jamaica Day Celebration is going down today in celebration of Jamaica’s forty-seventh year of Independence. The festival will feature food, crafts, and music by leading reggae, soca, and cultural performers from Jamaica and Canada including Percy Sledge, Mighty Sparrow, Beres Hammond, and Nadina Sutherland. The kids can keep busy with storytelling, face painting, a talent show, midway rides, and basketball. Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall Road), 10 a.m.–11 p.m., $10–40.
YOUTH: Youth Day 2009, the third annual event of its kind, is happening at Exhibition Place today (relocated from its original venue at Nathan Phillips Square in view of the current labour dispute). The celebration—hosted by KidsPlay & YouthOutlook—will showcase music, art, dance, and photography by more than three hundred talented teens and young adults (ages 14–24). Visitors will enjoy entertainment at two outdoor stages that will feature performances by sixty-five acts. There will also be a variety of food vendors, artisans, and community organizations on hand. Organizers are expecting an excellent turnout today, as last year’s event drew more than ten thousand visitors. Exhibition Place (Centennial Square), 12–9 p.m., FREE.
CULTURE: The Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture presents the fourth annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival in Kensington Market. With this year’s festival theme, “Kultura: Balikbayan Renaissance,” artists were invited to interpret a rebirth, return, and rediscovery of their Philippine homeland. Today’s event—which is taking place at the Kapisanan Philippine Centre and spilling out into the adjacent Bellevue Square Park—will feature live music, spoken word poetry, a short-film screening, visual arts exhibits, a marketplace, and children’s activities. The festival will feature an amazing line-up of Filipino-Canadian visual and performing artists including Maylee Todd, Tonkapuma, Eric Garingalao, and Juan Carlos Solon. Kapisanan Philippine Centre (167 Augusta Avenue), 12–9 p.m., FREE.
ART: Eric Cheung—who we caught up with earlier this week for his and Sean Martindale’s green street art project—will be at Rolly’s Garage today for the opening reception of AT.AW‘s impromptu art show, “Lost and Found,” which runs through July 31. AT.AW is making good use of the free space provided at Rolly’s: outside you’ll find an exterior wall that has been adorned with wheatpasted paper drawings, and inside you’ll also find more work, along with plush dolls, posters, and live street art available for purchase—all building on AT.AW’s The Orphans project. This afternoon’s event will be followed by the Nightfall Market (7 p.m.–12 a.m.), brimming with live music, food, booze, and local goods. Rolly’s Garage (124 Ossington Avenue), ~2–6 p.m., FREE.