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Our Lady Peace play to a crowd in front of Union Station at last year’s Busking for Change. Photo by Miles Storey/Torontoist.
CHARITY: Last year, over fifty musicians signed up to busk the streets for War Child Canada, soliciting donations to use for humanitarian assistance to war-affected children around the world. This year artists including Neverending White Lights, Lucas Silveira of The Cliks, Sass Jordan, and Chantal Kreviazuk will take to the streets once more for the second annual Busking For Change event. In 2007 Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace spent twelve hours busking for War Child, raising twenty-two thousand dollars and inspiring the creation of Busking For Change. Downtown Toronto (various locations), 7 a.m.–7 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
WORDS: Richard Dawkins‘s 2006 tome The God Delusion has sold over 1.5 million copies in its English pressing alone, and his work as an evolutionary biologist has earned him the nickname “Darwin’s Rottweiler.” His new novel, The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, follows in the vein of the rest of his books (exploring the evidence supporting evolution), but it also attempts to refute the criticism he’s faced from people who believe in creationism and deny the existence of evolution. Tonight he’ll be at the Isabel Bader Theatre to read from The Greatest Show On Earth. The Chapters-Indigo website says the reading is already sold out, so beg, borrow, but don’t steal a ticket (because, even if there’s no God to punish us, Torontoist doesn’t condone stealing). Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles Street West), 7 p.m., $10.
CHARITY: It’s the 6th Annual Philanthroparty and Habitat for Humanity wants you to suit up (they say the hardhats and a toolbelts are optional) and come out to enjoy a charitable evening at the Drake. This year they’ve partnered with the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation to bring you an online auction (with items including tickets to a Blue Jays game, a BlackBerry Curve, and various works of art), hors d’oeuvres, celebrity appearances (think Canadian TV decorating gurus), and live entertainment. All of the proceeds from the event will go to building homes in Toronto for those in need. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West); 5:30 p.m.; $50 in advance, $60 at the door.
ART: The last Tuesday of every month at the Cameron House sees a gathering of artists doing what is usually reserved for the back of a boring history class, or a table at Tim Hortons at two in the morning after a game of drunk bowling. The Toronto Comic Jam brings artists of every calibre together to create comics, one panel at a time. At a comic jam participants take turns drawing panels, creating a collaborative story that can go in any direction imaginable. It’s a great place to meet other like-minded cartoonists, and to explore different narrative structures. Anyone who takes part can obtain a copy of the finished comic for free the following month. Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.