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FILM: The Revue Cinema is hosting the Toronto premiere of a documentary film by singer-songwriter David Porteous that was produced by Sumit Ajwani. War Music is both a film and an album, inspired by Porteous’ journey to Europe in 2006. During this trip, the twenty-two-year-old musician interviewed veterans and visited battlefields and cemeteries to gain an understanding of the experiences of Canadian soldiers who served in World War II. Highlighting the need for remembrance more than once a year and how the war continues to affect us today, the film focuses on the lives that were lost and the impact on families and communities, rather than the battles that were won or lost. The film is being screened tonight and tomorrow night, with Porteous in attendance for a Q&A session following both screenings. Part of the proceeds from the event will go towards the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 7 p.m., $10.
FOOD: The saucy ladies from Bull’s-Eye Barbeque Sauce will be braving the cold and cookin’ up a winter storm today at the “Thrills, Chills, and Grills” BBQ, showing that barbecue season never really ends. You can stop in for a hearty breakfast or lunch and feast on steak, chicken, and ribs. Also be sure to saddle up for a ride on the mechanical bull. Let’s not forget how cold it really is out there, though—in support of Project Winter Survival, donations of mittens, hats, and scarves will be accepted at today’s event. Yonge-Dundas Square (2 Dundas Street East), 11 a.m.–3 p.m., FREE admission.
DANCE: As part of the Textile Museum’s new online exhibition, “In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture, and Art,” a local dance group will perform live at the museum tonight. The performance by inDANCE, choreographed by Hari Krishnan and inspired by Indian mythology, will be followed by a lecture about classical Indian dance. The performance will showcase dance as patterned art, in connection with an object from the online exhibition: an Indian-printed cotton banner from Gujarat that is adorned with dancing figures. Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue); 6:30 p.m.; members $12, non-members $15, full-time students PWYC.
MUSIC: Mozart would have had 254 candles to blow out on his birthday cake this year. In celebration, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is hosting the [email protected] festival until January 24. The annual festival kicks off today under the musical direction of Peter Oundjian with a performance of Piano Concerto no. 21 by the young American pianist Jonathan Biss, accompanied by horn player Neil Deland and soprano Shannon Mercer. Tonight’s performance will feature an intermission lobby chat with the performers. Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 8 p.m., $29–128 (available online).