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“Art for AIDS International” will have its official opening-night party this Friday, but it will be viewable at the Gladstone Hotel starting this afternoon.
ART: Though not seeing its official opening until this Friday, today is your first chance to check out “Art for AIDS International” at the Gladstone Hotel. The exhibit will feature work by twenty-five internationally recognized artists as well as collage work by students from Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, and the Netherlands. All of the artwork was created to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, and the proceeds of any work sold will go to grassroots projects in sub-Saharan Africa that support women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 12–3 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: It’s National Poetry Month, and in celebration of this wonderful literary form the Rowers Pub Reading Series (which we profiled last month on our sister site, [email protected]) has another lineup of writers, with the obvious theme of poetry running through each reading. Tonight’s lineup includes dub poet and Juno Award winner Lillian Allen (Psychic Unrest), poet and psychotherapist Ronna Bloom (Permiso), and Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin (My Heart is Africa). Harbord House Gastro Pub (150 Harbord Street), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: “Democracy Cafe” is a newly formed weekly speaker and discussion series run by CAPP (Canadians Advocating Political Participation) Toronto. The group—formed originally as Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament late last year—has a simple (sounding) goal: to inspire Canadians to become more involved in the democratic process. With “Democracy Cafe” they hope to encourage spirited discussions on Canadian politics. Tonight’s speaker is University of Toronto law and political science professor David Schneiderman. Koffler House, Room KP108 (569 Spadina Avenue), 6:30–8:30 p.m., FREE.
FASHION: The Fashion District is a boutique store for Canadian-made fashions and accessories with a focus on “one of a kind” or limited run items. They’re hosting a party tonight that promises lots of music, finger foods, swag bags, special guests, and, of course, there will be some pretty clothes to look at as well. The event, “This Is Our Night,” will include the premiere launch of Sher Fashion, as well as several new spring collections from other Canadian designers. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 6:30–10:30 p.m., $25.