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PARTY: Our friends at Spacing Magazine, the local publication dedicated to understanding Toronto’s urban landscape, are hosting the sixth annual Toronto The Good party. For the first time this year, the event will be held concurrently with the Authors at Harbourfront series. Tonight’s line-up includes presentations from authors Margaret and Phil Goodfellow (A Guidebook to Contemporary Modern Architecture in Toronto) and Spacing’s Shawn Micallef (Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto), along with NFB filmmaker Katerina Cizek (The Thousandth Tower). York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 6 p.m.–12 a.m., FREE (cash bar).
FILM: The Toronto International Film Festival‘s seventh annual Student Film Showcase will feature eleven films from young Canadian filmmakers in a variety of genres including experimental, animation, documentary, and fiction. The showcase highlights the dedication and talent of the next generation of filmmakers and serves as a launch pad, as many have subsequently had their work screened at TIFF and other notable international festivals. Following tonight’s screening, there will be an awards presentation for the best Live Action Short and best Animated Short. AMC 24 Yonge and Dundas (10 Dundas Street East), 7:30 p.m., $8.
MUSIC: East coast songstress Rose Cousins, dubbed “a natural storyteller” and “one of the finest performers of our time” by The Coast, is playing in support of her 2009 sophomore album, The Send Off. Rose’s voice may be familiar to you, as she’s worked extensively with fellow Haligonians Joel Plaskett, Two Hours Traffic, Matt Mays, and Jill Barber. She will be joined this evening by esteemed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Fox, who will play songs from his most recent release, Songs for Cello and Voice. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15.
THEATRE: The Theatre Centre—a local hub for creativity that has fostered experimental performance for more than thirty years—has teamed up with urbanvessel to present STITCH. This Dora Award-nominated a cappella opera by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton pays homage to the women who toil away in garment factories, with a cast of three singers who are accompanied solely by the incessant spinning, sputtering, and stitching of three sewing machines. The show, which can be previewed here, runs through Sunday with six performances. There will also be a benefit performance on Saturday evening (7 p.m.) that includes a reception, performance, and discussion with composer Juliet Palmer, producer Atom Egoyan, and theatre and opera director Tom Diamond. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $22. Advance tickets available by calling 416-538-0988.