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Tanja-Tiziana’s new photography exhibit, Between Black and White: A Portrait of Transgender Toronto, opens tonight at The Raging Spoon.
POLITICS: The municipal election creeps closer every day, and the folks at #voteTO are making every effort to keep voters up-to-date on the issues at hand. Tonight, the intrepid council candidates for Ward 27 (Toronto Centre–Rosedale) will participate in So You Think You Can Council, a flurry of game shows hosted by Maggie Cassella and designed to test the candidates’ knowledge of their ward, their city, and their constituents. Games will include Where In the Ward is Carmen Sandiego?, The Price is Right: Candidates’ Row, Factional Feud, and The $9,200,000,000 Pyramid. Fly Nightclub (8 Gloucester Street); doors at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m.; FREE (tickets can be reserved here).
PHOTOGRAPHY: It might seem impossible to see past the security fences and sound cannons of the upcoming G20 summit, but chin up—the city will come back to life in full force during the first weekend of July when Pride takes over the downtown core in the year’s best party. To celebrate Toronto’s vibrant LGBT community, acclaimed photographer Tanja-Tiziana (voted best local shutterbug by Xtra! Magazine) has assembled an exhibit of seventeen large-scale black-and-white photographs of local transgender and trans-identified people in Toronto. The show opens tonight, and will be on display until July. The Raging Spoon (761 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Who knew that one of the top correspondents from America’s most trusted news source was a Canuck? Yes, Samantha Bee is a born-and-raised Torontonian, but quickly broke free from the shackles of the city’s sketch comedy scene to become The Daily Show‘s first female and first non-American correspondent. Tonight, she returns home to promote her new book at Bay and Bloor’s Indigo. Bee will be signing copies of I Know I Am, But What Are You?, an essay collection that regales the reader with tales of Bee’s childhood crush on Jesus and her stint as a touring Japanese anime character. Indigo Bay & Bloor (55 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: It is often said that cancer survivors are superheroes. Tonight, that aphorism will be taken literally at the annual Rethink Romp, a fundraiser dedicated to slaying breast cancer, that most vile of villains. All party guests are asked to come dressed in their best superhero garb, including masks, capes, and unitards. As the fundraiser’s slogan reminds us, “With a great rack comes great responsibility.” Steam Whistle Brewing (225 Bremner Boulevard); 7 p.m.; $65, with a limited number of tickets available to those under 25 for $50.