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MUSIC: Always to the rescue after polishing off a pound of chicken wings and individually wrapped for your convenience—it’s The Moist Towelettes. This enigmatic Tokyo-based, J-pop four-piece features two Japanese girls and two Canadian boys pumping out catchy tunes with vocals backed by keytars, urging you to “sing, dance, and get moist!” Tonight’s opening band, The Sweat, will certainly help you get moistened up. This local act features Dan Misener, whose other projects include CBC Radio’s Spark, the Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids open-mic series, and BiteTV’s HoTTT TopiXXX. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8:30 p.m., $5.
WORDS: Descant Magazine is a Canadian literary journal that has been churning out literature and visual art from both master and fledgling writers and artists for three decades. The magazine is springing into fall with the launch of a poetry-themed issue, featuring many newcomers to the realm of dignified verse. In celebration of Descant 146: Immanence/Transcendence, tonight’s event will feature readings by several poets including Helen Guri, Jim Johnstone, Mark Kingwell, and Michael Lista, against a backdrop of music by cellist Anna Jarvis and pianist Jonah Humphrey. Tonight’s launch at Olga Korper Gallery coincides with an exhibition by sculptor John McEwen—whose artwork has been featured several times on the publication’s cover. Olga Korper Gallery (17 Morrow Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
FASHION: Local fashion media luminary David Livingstone dominates the pages of the Toronto Star, Elle, Fashion, and Zoomer, with the the who, what, where, when, and why of prevailing taste. Join him tonight for a symposium entitled “Searching for the Source of Style,” as he discusses his experiences in the fashion industry, writing about style exemplified by caparisoned models on the catwalk and chic commoners alike. Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), 7–9 p.m., $14 ($6 for students, FREE for members of the museum and the Costume Society of Ontario). Pre-register by emailing [email protected].
BLASPHEMY: Shine up your Darwin fish and prepare to deny the Holy Spirit. Humanists, skeptics, and freethinkers will revel in irreverence today as part of International Blasphemy Day, marking four years since the Jyllands-Posten Mohammed cartoons controversy. Promoted by the Centre For Inquiry (CFI) as part of its campaign for free expression, this celebration will provide individuals with a forum for opinions that are controversial and possibly offensive, including issues pertaining to God in the national anthem and Canadian Charter, science education, and religious accommodations. Today’s festivities will kick off at Sidney Smith Hall with the “Blasphemy Challenge,” followed by a presentation at CFI Ontario’s headquarters entitled, “Free Speech Under Attack: Local, National, and International Threats.” Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto (100 St. George Street), 3–6 p.m., FREE. Centre For Inquiry Ontario (216 Beverley Street), 6 p.m., FREE.