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MUSIC: Since its inception a decade ago, the Wavelength music series has become a staple of the local music community—a way for musicians to gain exposure and become part of a network of local artists while providing a venue for fans to discover new music. The weekly concert series, programmed Jonny Dovercourt, Ryan McLaren, Kevin Parnell, and Doc Pickles, is celebrating its tenth anniversary and five hundredth show this week with Wavelength 500. The first of five shows—which are happening at five local venues with five bands playing each night—is happening tonight. This evening’s concert features Canaille, Deep Dark United, Pony Da Look, and Evening Hymns, and will be headlined by Bruce Peninsula. With the number of band members in the double-digits, Bruce Peninsula is known for its distinctive style, which blends indie-rock, gospel, folk, and country. The Music Gallery (197 John Street), Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $10–15, festival pass $50. Advance tickets and passes available at Soundscapes, Rotate This, and GalleryAC.com.
LOVE: To add to the list of love-themed events happening this week, the organizers of Ladyfest Toronto are putting on a V-Day party, “All Is Full of Love.” Tonight’s event will feature a cinnamon heart–eating contest, one-of-a-kind valentines made my local artists, and musical entertainment by singer-songwriter Isla Craig. You can BYOP (bring your own partner) or hook up with someone through gender non-specific speed-dating (matches will be based on interests and compatibility, rather than gender binaries or sexual orientation). And if you find yourself in the mood, there will be slow dancing and a make-out room to get your smooch on. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., $5.
THEATRE: Local, national, and international indie theatre will be showcased as part of the Rhubarb Festival, running through February 28. The festival, which began in 1979 and has since earned itself a reputation as Canada’s oldest and largest festival of new works, offers both established and new talent opportunities to showcase their works in fashion, art, music, theatre, and performance. Embracing art as disruptive, risky, and dangerous, the festival boasts an eclectic lineup, which will include glamour, sleaze, drag, violence, full frontal nudity, mullets, and glitter from the likes of d’bi.young, Jess Dobkin, Ulysses Castellanos, Rae Spoon, Jessica MacCormack, Neal Medlyn, Glenn Marla, and Karen Bernard. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), Various times, festival passes $17–60.
WORDS: The thirty-sixth season of Authors at Harbourfront Centre continues this evening, with three new novels starting off the AUTHORS’ 2010 events. Rachel Harry hosts tonight’s event, with Elizabeth Kostova presenting The Swan Thieves, Rabindranath Maharaj reading from The Amazing Absorbing Boy, and Beth Powning offering The Sea Captain’s Wife. Guests will have an opportunity to sample the new novels, which have plots ranging from a tormented artist receiving treatment from a psychiatrist, to a Trinidadian teenager dealing with relocating to Canada following his mother’s death, to the life of a sea captain and his family on a voyage from the Bay of Fundy to London. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., $8 (FREE for members and students). Tickets available online.