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Mundane but metaphorical streetcar rides tonight at Innis Town Hall. Photo courtesy of Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival.
Today, Nathan Phillips Square holds its farmer’s market, it’s movie night (twice), and punk rock hits the Horseshoe.
SHOP: Foodies, prepare your palates: Ontario farmers are gathering their freshest vegetables, fruit, pastries (mmm), fresh-cut flowers, and more. They’ll be giving St. Lawrence some serious competition at Fresh Wednesdays in Nathan Phillips Square, continuing until fall. Besides the lunch vendors and tasty treats are noon-hour concerts to accompany your summer work ethic—today is folk rock award–winning songwriter Ariana Gillis, rising pop star Mandippal, and jazz performer (slash York Professor) Sundar Duo. Nathan Phillips Square (Bay and Queen Street West), Farmer’s Market 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Fresh Concerts at noon, FREE.
FILM: It’s opening night and a reception at the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival at University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall. Showcasing short films by local youth filmmakers, the festival includes everything from animation to musicals—as long as you’re young and from the GTA. Tonight’s show samples the best and brightest of the T24 Project—you know the drill: one filmmaker, twenty-four hours, and seven to fifteen minutes of what Toronto means to you. Expect streetcar montages and a James Cameron obsession, of course, all followed by a director’s Q&A. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7 p.m. (through Saturday), $15.
MUSIC: New Jersey band Titus Andronicus, with their thrashing folk punk sound that’s a little bit Pulp and a little bit Pixies, hits the Horseshoe tonight. They’re plugging their new album, The Monitor, an impressive follow-up to their debut The Airing of Grievances (yep, just like the Seinfeld episode). PR and production has been way beefed up and it shows—Titus Andronicus have since scored the thumbs up (and musical championing) of indie contemporaries Vivian Girls, Ponytail, and The Hold Steady. The Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $13.50.
FILM: This summer, your friends at TIFF have partnered with the Entertainment District BIA to launch Great Nights Out movie screenings at Metro Square. Every Wednesday until Labour Day shows a different (and we do mean different) show—from Casablanca to Dragon Hunters to this week’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, directed by quirky fave Tim Burton. Pee-Wee says, “Don’t do crack,” but a little something softer might be a fun addition. Rained out like the weather says we’ll be? Pee-Wee moves to Thursday night instead. Metro Square (King and John streets), 9 p.m., FREE.