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Think teen girls have nothing to read? Hardly! Fundraiser tonight at The Shop at Parts & Labour. Photo courtesy of Hardly.
TALK: As if Ward 18 hasn’t gotten enough free press (even the bad kind is good, right?), the candidates vying for TTC Chair Adam Giambrone’s councillorship meet tonight at St. Anne’s Parish Hall. We’ll meet the City Hall hopefuls and hear their perspectives on transportation, development, and the (appropriate) relationship between constituents and elected officials. Bet their sexts aren’t nearly as fun though. St. Anne’s Parish Hall (615 Dufferin Street), debate runs 7–9 p.m. (with mix and mingle at 6:30 p.m.), FREE.
CLASS: We can’t promise a nude model (though you’re welcome to undress them with your eyes), but we can promise your life drawing skills or lack thereof will thank you. OCAD University (we said it) provides the professional model while you bring paper, pencils, and a board to draw on for tonight’s Open Life Drawing Studio. There’s no instruction—or consequent expectation of artistic talent—and you needn’t be an OCAD U student or alumni to attend. And if by some chance there is nudity, try to keep those googly eyes in your head. Wednesday evening drop-in classes run now through August 11. Ontario College of Art and Design University (100 McCaul Street, room 488, level 4), 7–10 p.m., $10 (5 sessions/$40).
WORDS: Canada’s bringing out the big literary guns tonight at the Toronto Reference Library: it’s readings of the all-powerful Trillium Book Award nominees, including award-hog Anne Michaels, Pasha Malla on behalf of Alice Munro, and hunky superdad Ian Brown. The reading is followed by a mingling, and leads up to tomorrow’s announcement of the winner, who takes home the top prize of twenty thousand dollars—a whole lotta writerdollars, if we do say so ourselves. Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: Say hello to Hardly, a soon-to-be-launched online mag for smart and stylish teenage girls. Think more Sassy, less Teen Vogue—and without models of the professional variety. But before the big reveal in a couple weeks, they’ll need your presence (and the cover cost helps too) tonight at The Shops at Parts & Labour. The lineup includes Manotick-via-Montreal’s power pop foursome Hollerado, Disco-loathing punk band Give us the Daggers, and the surprisingly upbeat The Black Void. Besides supporting Hardly and impressionable teen minds, a portion of proceeds go to Sketch, an art studio for homeless teens. The Shop at Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $12.
This post originally suggested that Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro would be present at tonight’s Trillium reading. George McNeillie, Manager of Communications at the Ontario Media Development Corporation, has informed us that both authors sent their regrets and will not be able to attend.