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Jane Bunnett will perform tonight at a fundraiser for Chile relief efforts.
FUNDRAISER: Late last month, Chile was hit by a massive earthquake that caused the death of hundreds of people and affected the lives of hundreds of thousands more. Tonight, a group of artists and Araukania North Productions have organized a benefit concert, all proceeds of which will go to OXFAM Canada’s Chile Earthquake Relief Fund. Jane Bunnett, Nancy White, Son Ache, Santerias, Proyecto Altiplano, Cathartic, and Flashlight Radio are just some of the performers expected at the show. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $25 suggested donation.
KIDS: Yo Gabba Gabba!—that Nick Jr. kids show (on Treehouse TV in Canada) that all those indie bands like to appear on—is in town today and tomorrow for a few performances at the Elgin Theatre. DJ Lance Rock and his puppet friends (Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex) have been travelling around the United States and Canada, spreading their brand of hip children’s entertainment stage by stage. The show features performances from beat-boxer Biz Markie, and during the “Dancy Dance” portion a special guest is invited on the stage to teach everyone a new dance. Past guests have included Sarah Silverman, Snoop Dogg, and DMC from Run DMC—we’re hoping that Feist is in town this week. Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street), 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., $42.65.
LECTURE: Every year Massey College gathers a panel of experts to talk about issues of public policy. This year the Walter Gordon Massey Symposium on Public Policy presents the lecture “Private Emotions, Public Policy.” Moderator Frances Lankin (president and CEO of United Way Canada) will guide a panel through a discussion of the role of emotions in public policy. Panellists include Dr. David Pizarro (associate professor of Psychology at Cornell), Dr. Christina Tarnopolsky (assistant professor of Political Science at McGill), and Bob Rae (MP and former premier of Ontario). Isabel Bader Theatre (63 Charles Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE (RSVP here).
JOURNALISM: Covering a huge news story can be terribly stressful, but it can be even worse when the story is as tragic as the earthquake in Haiti was. Tonight’s Canadian Journalism Foundation Forum is about the impact that covering the Haiti story had on the writers who were there. “Stories from Haiti: A Round Table Discussion with Reporters Who Were There” will see journalist Sally Armstrong moderate a discussion between Maclean’s foreign correspondent Michael Petrou, Toronto Star writer Catherine Porter, Globe and Mail reporter Anna Mehler Paperny, and Globe and Mail photographer Fernando Morales. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 6:30 p.m. (reception at 8 p.m.), $15 ($5 for students).