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MUSIC: The Drive-By Truckers are filling Lee’s Palace with alt-country guitar riffs and Southern twang in the second of two shows tonight. The Truckers, who are touring to support their new album, The Big To-Do, will be sharing the stage with Langhorne Slim. Singer-guitarist Patterson Hood, along with a few other members of the band, will also be heading down the street to Sonic Boom to play a free all-ages show earlier today (5 p.m.). Folks are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $29.50 in advance, $35 at the door.
FILM: Film buffs are gathering tonight for the North American premiere of Mateo Guez’s Off World, which follows a twenty-something Canadian man who finds himself grappling with his identity and embarking on a journey to the Philippines in search of his birth parents. The film is being screened as part of the opening night gala for the ReelWorld Film Festival. The festival, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, will offer something for everyone during its five-day run: features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and music videos that reflect the cultural diversity of Canada. Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West), screening 7:30 p.m., after party 10 p.m., regular screenings $10, opening night gala screening $20–25, festival passes $75–125. Tickets and passes available online.
MUSIC: Indie superstars Wolf Parade are making a stop in town as part of their North American tour. The band has been busy over the past couple of years with various side projects (Sunset Rubdown, Handsome Furs, Swan Lake, and Moonface) as well as recording their much-anticipated upcoming release, Expo 86. Wolf Parade will be joined tonight by fellow Montrealers and canine counterparts We Are Wolves. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), 8 p.m., $20.
ART: The second annual International Experimental Media Congress begins today. The congress will bring together film, video, and new media artists, along with theorists, archivists, and curators for five days of discussion and dialogue related to experimental media. Although registration is closed, there are several events that are open to the public, including tonight’s keynote discussion. Choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer will be in conversation with Canadian filmmaker John Greyson. OCAD Design Auditorium (100 McCaul Street); 7 p.m.; adults $10, students $5.