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Matt Anderson plays the Glenn Gould Studio tonight. Photo by CHR!S SM!TH.
MUSIC: After a sold-out show last month at the Glenn Gould Studio, New Brunswick blues musician Matt Anderson is back in Toronto for a second engagement. Anderson’s first full-length album, Something In Between, won him two East Coast Music Association awards, and recently he came home with the award for best acoustic solo/duo award from the twenty-sixth International Blues Challenge Awards held in Memphis, Tennessee. Tonight he’ll be sharing the stage with Calgary musician Wil. Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West), 8 p.m., $29.50.
FUNDRAISER: Today is International Women’s Day and if you’re a fan of women, you might want to consider attending the Toronto Women’s Bookstore’s fundraiser at the Tranzac tonight. The Toronto Women’s Bookstore nearly shut down late last year thanks to some financial difficulties (as a result, the store is currently seeking new ownership to help guide it through these tough economic times). They have almost reached their goal of forty thousand dollars needed to sustain the store, and tonight’s fundraiser is an excellent way to show some love for woman-kind on International Women’s Day. There will be an art auction and performances by Raging Asian Women, Evalyn Parry, Belladonna, George Hewison, Sara Marlowe and the Program, and Roberta Mohler (Nia dance). Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue); doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; $10–20 sliding scale (advance tickets available at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore).
FOOD: It’s the ultimate cocktail hour at the Drake Hotel tonight, when a group of mixologists compete to see who is the best drink mixer in town. “Made With Love: Mixology Competition” will see a group of talented gin-slingers concoct their best mixed drink, which will then be available for you to taste and grade. At the end of the night the winner will receive a free trip to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail 2010 (an international gathering of mixologists to discus cocktails, cuisine, and culture), courtesy of Tabasco. As a lucky attendee you will get ten free tasting coupons (don’t forget to bring money for that cab ride home) and some finger foods while DJ Johnny Strychnine will provide the tunes. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 6 p.m., $50 (19+).
ART: Tonight, West Queen West will have to take a break from being the centre of Toronto’s art world. Etobicoke dwellers are being asked to “commit” acts of art (like playing piano or staging a play), film it, and post it on Lakeshore Arts‘ new online project, 1000acts-of-art.ca. The project, which will also feature an artist’s directory, is focused mostly on the Lakeshore areas of South Etobicoke (Mimico by the Lake, Mimico Village, New Toronto, Long Branch, and Alderwood) and hopes to propel the community into connecting with each other while exploring the vibrant talent that artists in Etobicoke have to offer. Lakeshore Arts—a not-for-profit group dedicated to encouraging the arts and culture scene in the Etobicoke Lakeshore area—invites you to the website’s launch party tonight, where both artists and community members can partake in a creative-type’s natural fuel source (fair trade coffee). The Big Guy Little Coffee Shop (2861 Lake Shore Boulevard), 6–7:30 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: It’s time for another installment of Trampoline Hall. Tonight’s alternative lecture party is curated by Animal Monster musician and artist Alex Snukal, featuring lectures by Rob Gordon on “people who did one good thing and then died,” Liz Peterson on natural disasters, and Jeremy Bailey, whose topic has yet to be announced. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West); doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; rush tickets are $6 at the door.
This article originally implied that Trampoline Hall takes place on “the second Monday of the month”; in fact, as Trampoline Hall’s Misha Glouberman emailed to clarify, “while the show does happen every month on a Monday, it sort of drifts around during the month.” Additionally, speaker Jeremy Bailey’s last name was misspelled “Baily.”