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Photo of Ariana Gillis, playing tonight at the Cameron House.
MUSIC: While the Cameron House’s future remains hazy, it still has plenty of music lined up this month in the hopes that you will visit before its ownership changes hands. Ariana Gillis is starting a residency at the Cameron House tonight, playing every Monday in January. Gillis is a young folk-pop singer who won “Young Performer of the Year” at last year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards and who has just launched her first full-length CD, To Make It Make Sense. Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 6–8 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
CHARITY: Wear White For Windfall (WW4W) is an annual campaign that raises money to support Windfall. Windfall is a charitable organization that provides new clothing and basic-needs items to Torontonians through social service agencies around the city. Today, the WW4W January campaign begins, which includes a TTC advertising campaign starring local celebrities (featuring Steven Sabados, Chris Hyndman, and Dina Pugliese, among others) and several Toronto retailers donating portions of their sales from specific items to the charity. The campaign culminates in the official WW4W day on January 28, where businesses and individuals will wear white to show support and donate four dollars each to WW4W. Various Toronto retail stores, the month of January, $4 donation to participate in WW4W day.
THEATRE: You Fancy Yourself is the Dora Mavor Moore Award–winning vehicle for writer/performer Maja Ardal, and it’s back in Toronto this month after a stint in Europe. The play, about an Icelandic immigrant child (Elsa) growing up in Scotland, first premiered at the 2006 SummerWorks festival and has been a hit ever since. Ardal is fresh off a sold-out tour in southern England performing You Fancy Yourself, and tonight’s preview performance will kick off a three-week run at the Theatre Passe Muraille mainstage. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $30–$39.
DANCE: Whether your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, learn how to dance, or just do something new and exciting, Lindsay Ritter Dance has a perfect way for you to start 2010 right with beginner commercial jazz dance lessons starting tonight. This is a drop-in class (no pressure!) and will teach students a range of styles and techniques similar to the ones you see in music videos and on stage. Finally, a opportunity to stretch your dance repertoire beyond jazz hands. Canada’s National Ballet School (400 Jarvis Street), 8–9:15 p.m., $10 for drop-ins ($80 for a ten class membership card).