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Steven McKay’s new self-titled album, which is being released tonight at The Garrison, comes with a set of eight new Toronto postcards hand stamped by the musician. Detail of a photo by Martin Reis.
In today’s Urban Planner, Native art gets a new media spin, TIFF enters into its final weekend, there are more great concerts tonight than you can shake a stick at, and comedians subject themselves to the gauntlet of the Gong Show.
PERFORMANCE: RE:counting coup, an exhibition of artists combining Native art and cultural touchstones with new media content, opens tonight at the A Space Gallery. The exhibit is opening with a live performance by Archer Pechawis (who’s also one of the featured exhibition artists) of his piece Memory V2, a musical work using a traditional hand drum, a MIDI sequencer, and audio samples of contemporary pop music. A Space Gallery (401 Richmond Street West, Studio 110), doors at 6:30 p.m., performance at 7:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Film and music go hand in hand, so TIFF’s wrap-up weekend means there are as many quality concerts in Toronto tonight as we would usually see in a week. These include The Golden Dogs at the Drake Underground; Caribou with The Russian Futurists at the Phoenix (Caribou also plays a midnight DJ set at the Drake); Daniel, Fred & Julie at the Dakota Tavern (with fine NYC-based openers The Loom); and Make Your Exit headlining a fundraiser for the Southern Souls music video site. But if we must choose just one live music show tonight, we’re going with Steven McKay’s album release: it’s absurdly cheap; there’s an integrated craft and baked goods sale; and Hooded Fang, who just got their hotly anticipated fall album pressed this week, are opening. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 9 p.m., $3. And for more TIFF, Torontoist’s complete coverage is all right here.
COMEDY: How could we not list The Gong Show? The third local edition of the iconic love-it-or-hate-it variety show features previous contestants like Mark Andrada and Jon Blair, and new challengers like Georgea Brooks-Hancock and Greg Cochrane. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $5.