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Some of Torontoist illustrator Roxanne Ignatius’s posters, on display at Twist Gallery during NXNE.
GALLERY: Toronto’s epic music festival NXNE is underway, paying tribute to music across every available medium. In addition to concerts and films (your best fest bets for music, film, and more are all in Torontoist’s NXNE guide) the festival is holding a poster show, collecting works created for hundreds of albums and concerts for your viewing entertainment. Of course it wouldn’t be NXNE without a steady rotation of bands and DJs to entertain perusing patrons as they poke in between the films and concerts of the festival. Don’t forget to bring your wallet, as many of the prints on display are also for sale! Twist Gallery (1100 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
LUMINATO: Luminato is cranking up the volume at Yonge-Dundas Square with the Light on Your Feet series, a nightly tribute to the colourful world of divadom. After having already paid tribute to spicy latin divas and even spicier queer divas, tonight’s performance turns back the diva-dial for an Ultimate Eighties Party. Hosted by cabaret superstars Sharron Matthews and Shawn Hitchins, the evening’s docket boasts a powerful program of primadonnas–or at least their impersonators. From New York’s Heart cover band Heartless to England’s homage group Vogue Madonna, the evening promises plenty of tunes to keep your toes tapping all the way down memory lane. Special bonus: no Flock of Seagulls. Yonge-Dundas Square, 7–11 p.m., FREE.
WINE: Still stumped at the LCBO when trying to decide which wine would perfectly suit your cottage weekend? Let Continuum Contemporary Music help you out with their fundraising guided tour of premium Canadian summer wines. Wine specialists Jennifer Hart and Brenda Holman will walk guests through five summer wines, with music (and bread and cheese) provided by Continuum. Not a half bad way to support the arts. Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Avenue), 7–9 p.m., $50 ($25 for designated drivers).
IMPROV: Ever felt that the daily routine of business meetings and office presentations wasn’t sufficiently challenging your formidable skills in the fine art of PowerPoint? Lucky for you there’s Powerpoint Karaoke, a new form of improv setting ambitious public speakers against each other in a challenge of ingenuity, wit, and pie charts. The Drake Hotel will be holding a showdown tonight where contestants will be given the task of improvising a five-minute presentation based on a random selection of slides and judged on their ability to derive any sense or humour from the mishmash. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $10.