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FESTIVAL: Hey ladies (and gents)! Ladyfest Toronto is back for a sixth year of promoting urban feminism through grassroots and DIY initiatives. This year’s festival, which begins today and runs through Sunday, features a host of feminist art, music, workshops, and networking opportunities. Tonight’s launch party, which will be hosted by feminist porn filmmaker Loree Erickson, will feature a Bollywood Burlesque performance and music by Nolan Natasha, Airheart, and Sarah Mangle. Queeropolis, a film by Alexis Mitchell and Tori Foster, will be screened, as well as Caroline Koebel’s Flicker On Off, a trilogy highlighting the relationship between entertainment and war coverage. Ladyfest organizers will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items at all festival events, which will be donated to Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: After a well-attended premier event in August, Ignite is back for a second round. The series of events, which have been hosted by cities worldwide since 2006, was born out of the Pecha Kucha Nights. “Geek culture” flourishes during five-minute speed presentations accompanied by twenty slides that auto-forward every fifteen seconds. Tonight’s event boasts an interesting roster, with a dozen local speakers addressing topics such as designing for visual efficiency, socio-technical literacy, communication technologies, and design for ritual. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers (LIFT) is hosing its annual film karaoke night and silent auction, Movie-oke 2. Participants will have the opportunity to perform their favourite scenes from movies with live musical accompaniment. It’s just like karaoke, but the catch is you can’t sing. Between performances, guests can bid on items from the silent auction—from film supplies to theatre tickets—which will be sure to satisfy the artsy type on your holiday shopping list. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7–11 p.m., $10 ($8 for students and LIFT members).
WORDS: Wrongbar is the right bar for the launch of Nathaniel G. Moore’s aptly titled novel Wrong Bar. Moore, who is the author of three previous novels and the co-editor of Toronto Noir, a mystery anthology, will host tonight’s event. Described as “Brighton Rock in the age of Twitter,” the novel centres around a writer who becomes consumed by the behaviour of local teens who are wreaking havoc on the city and formulating plans for a demonic dance party hoax. Following tonight’s reading, partying will ensue with live music and a DJ. Wrong Bar (1279 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.