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PHOTOGRAPHY: The CONTACT Photography Festival is winding down, with many exhibits having closed up shop, but there are some that continue into June. Recommended by both The Toronto Star and NOW Magazine, “The Pervasive View” at Stephen Bulger Gallery features a selection of photos never before seen in Canada, culled from the National Geographic Society‘s huge, decade spanning archives, and runs to Saturday June 5th. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 11 a.m–6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Two local singer/songwriters are hosting their CD releases this afternoon and evening. CBC favourite Royal Wood will be at The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), for a 5:30 p.m. meet-and-greet, and a 7:15 p.m. performance; a little later in the evening, Daniel Romano will debut his new disc Workin’ for the Music Man, with special guests Julie Fader, and The Weather Station. The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue); 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show; $5.
VIDEO: One of the most fascinating websites to launch over the past year, Ryeberg Curated Video features a selection of great thinkers and creative types, writing about their favourite YouTube videos. Some “curated videos” are exhaustively researched essays, while others are breezy commentaries on what strikes the writer as particularly funny. Tonight will be the premiere of the live version, with some of the site’s most noted curators, such as authors Sheila Heti and Russell Smith, talking about their favourites, followed by debate, drinking, and dancing. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West); doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; $8 ($5 for ages 32 and younger).
COMEDY: Also continuing on a live-video-showcase theme, Sketch Comedy Lounge presents a sneak peek at the upcoming Comedy Network show “Upload Yours!” with host (and Great Canadian Laugh Off winner) Mark Little, and live performances from Pat Thornton, Debra DiGiovanni, 7 Minutes In Heaven, and more. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC.