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MUSIC: Toronto hardcore darlings Fucked Up will perform their entire Polaris-winning album, The Chemistry of Common Life, at tonight’s show. Since it’ll be hard for the band’s six members to replicate every detail, rumour has it they will be joined on stage by some very special guests. Also on the bill tonight is singer/songwriter Kurt Vile, The D’Ubervilles, Give, and Peasant. There will also be a post-show party at Queen East’s Blue Moon. Opera House (735 Queen Street East), 8 p.m., $17.50 (available at ticketweb.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes, and Hits & Misses).
FILM: In the summer of 2007, enigmatic duo The White Stripes took their red and whites north of hometown Detroit to embark on a journey across our nation. Their goal was to play a show in every province and territory in Canada, from the remote to the metropolitan. As well as selling out expected venues like the Molson Amphitheatre, the Stripes played on a local bus, a fishing boat, and in a bowling alley (among other curious spots). In Jack’s own words: “We wanted to play out-of-the-way towns that don’t usually get shows…the shows are better, it’s better for the people, it’s a better experience.” You can share this experience in Emmett Malloy‘s tour documentary, Under Great White Northern Lights, screening in Toronto for a week. (We had more about the documentary yesterday.) Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 9:15 p.m., $10, $8 students and seniors.
WORDS: Your Hero, the Toronto Public Library, hosts the second annual “eh List” authors series. Opening today with a reading by 2009 GG winner Kate Pullinger (The Mistress of Nothing), the series showcases the best books of the season at eight citywide library branches. Some incredible talent is lined up for this year’s event, including newcomer Annabel Lyon (The Golden Mean), the wildly popular Jack Whyte (with a “y”!), Toronto’s David Rotenberg (Shanghai), and current Giller winner Linden MacIntyre (The Bishop’s Man). Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 12:30 p.m., FREE.
ART: In “The Zone of No Ideas,” Toronto-based artist (and co-founder of Hunter and Cook) Jay Isaac departs from his recent focus on iconic images drawn from landscape, still life, and figurative genres. Playing between the physical and ethereal, the tangible and the mysterious, the abstract pieces are best experienced up close and personal. Paul Petro Contemporary (980 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
CAUSE: “Rights media”—the concept of using the process of writing, editing, producing, and distributing media to stir up societal dialogue on human-rights issues—is increasingly relevant today, as social media continues to prove its power to change. Organized by Journalists for Human Rights, tonight’s “#tweet4rights” welcomes education specialist Carissa McLennan to speak on the subject. The evening is a great opportunity to mingle with local online and offline communities, while discussing the new landscape of rights media. Cryptic Canvas Art Gallery (8 Waterloo Terrace), 6–10 p.m., FREE.
MAGAZINE: Helmed by volunteer undergrads at U of T, Urbane Magazine is a new publication that aims to highlight local talent and encourage discussion on hot social and political issues. The first issue, themed “Cities,” is devoted to urban planning, sustainability, and “urban” fashion designers. This evening’s launch party will feature a student-run fashion show, a photo exhibit, and music by The Folk. Debates Room, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m., $10 advance, $15 door (go online for ticket information).