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CITIES: Artscape, MaRS, the Martin Prosperity Institute, and the City of Toronto have collaborated to create the Creative Places + Spaces conference (on today and tomorrow)—apropos, since this year’s theme is all about the power of creative collaboration. The conference begins this morning with two very exciting keynote speeches: Richard Florida discussing the collaborative city and the global shifts that are shaping future economies, and Sir Ken Robinson presenting ways of making collaboration a habit to ensure successful innovation. The two will then sit down together for a panel discussion. The day closes with an hour-long
schmooze session reception. The Carlu (444 Yonge Street, 7th floor); 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; $350 (full day package), $150 (student full package), $95 (“Brown Bag” pass—balcony only).
ART: The Drake continues its Art Toronto–inspired Thursday Quick Fix presentations of local fashion designers, performance artists, live music, and local DJs. This week Cozette Designs throws a Pattern Party in the Sky Yard, Gilson Lubin and DJ Trevor open up for the Oral Presentation Underground, and DJ General Eclectic spins in the Lounge where William Huffman—Toronto Arts Council associate director—”Regrets to Inform” while serving drinks to artists. Keep an eye out for the free art available in the hotel lobby. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), various from 8 p.m., FREE–$5.
DRINK: This weekend Ontario beer crafters take up the cask beer challenge for Cask Days 2009. Cask beer, considered true traditional ale, is unpasteurized, unfiltered beer that is fermented right in the cask. Once the cask is opened, the contents must be consumed within a few days (as if they would last that long!). Tonight, there is an opportunity to taste from the kegs of the four finalists: Mike Duggan Number 9 IPA, Durham Hop Addict IPA, Granite Hopping Mad IPA, and Scotch Irish Sgt. Major IPA. BarVolo (587 Yonge Street), 4 p.m., FREE (beer is extra—sorry).
TRIVIA: No, we haven’t forgotten that Halloween approaches. The Magpie’s monthly trivia night goes medieval for a special Halloween Trivia Night. Teams of maximum five members each compete for the collective money pot in trivia categories that include vampires, Satan, zombies, and “random evil shit.” Prizes are awarded for first, second, third, and last place holders, and this week organizers are throwing in a prize for best costume, too. Magpie (831 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $10 per team.
MUSIC: Speaking of zombies (we collectively roll our eyes here), Lula Lounge presents the First Annual Zombie Prom Spectacular starring the Good Lovelies (on their cross-Canada tour) and the Human Statues. In true prom fashion, there will be a prom photo-booth, goodie bags, and the prom king and queen will be crowned. Hopefully no one will dump a bucket of pig’s blood on the poor psychic girl. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $18.