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Buster Keaton in the 1925 silent film Seven Chances.
FILM: The first annual Toronto Silent Film Festival kicks off tonight at Casa Loma with a presentation by the Toronto Theatre Organ Society. Tonight’s feature film is Seven Chances, a 1925 Buster Keaton comedy about a man who is bequeathed seven million dollars in his grandfather’s will but must get married before seven that night or the money will be forfeit. The festival, which runs until April 15, will screen five feature films and eight short films, all with live musical accompaniment. Seven Chances will be preceded by Big Business, a comedy short starring Laurel and Hardy. Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace), 8 p.m., $22.
WORDS: Who knew Bach could be so sexy? According to a new book, Glenn Gould did, and thanks to some passionate love affairs with a select group of women, Gould was able to produce some of the most stunning interpretations of classical piano pieces (including, most notably, Bach’s Goldberg Variations). The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius In Love by Michael Clarkson is an exploration into Gould’s personal life, in an attempt to discover the artist’s inspiration. Tonight, This Is Not A Reading Series celebrates the release of this new book with a multimedia presentation given by the author himself. As usual, Marc Glassman will host. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), $5 (free with book purchase).
DISCUSSION: C Magazine, a Toronto-based quarterly art publication, is hosting a forum dedicated to their current “Sports” issue. A group of artists specializing in different media will meet tonight to present current projects with cycling as the focus, encouraging discussion about how cycling fits into art and society. The forum is part of C School, a new initiative by the magazine that will try to “advance education through critical discourse on contemporary visual art and culture.” Paul Butler, Corwyn Lund, Cheryl Rondeau, and Don Sinclair will take part in the discussion moderated by C Magazine‘s editor, Amish Morrell. Drake Hotel, Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: The Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading Festival continues today with Toronto’s version of the community reading program One City One Book (just called One Book, here). There will be live music, dramatic readings by comedian Trey Anthony, and an interview with author Austin Clarke, whose 2009 book More is the “one book” that Torontonians are being encouraged to read and discuss over the month of April. Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (789 Yonge Street), 7–8:30 p.m., FREE.