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The Red Chapel screens tonight at Al Green Theatre. Photo courtesy of René Johannsen.
Another wicked Wednesday in Toronto: Indie Week, a poetry bash, inside North Korea, Burner magazine and a lecture on virtue? Sure, why not.
WORDS: Get out there and support your favourite poets—hey man, they need it—at Mitzi’s Sister. It’s a bash for Brick Books‘ thirty-fifth Anniversary, with door prizes (bet on books), cake, special sales, and readings by Karen Solie, Nico Rogers, Al Moritz, Maureen Harris, Barry Dempster, and more. Verbose mingling is to follow, so now’s a good time to practice your haiku. Mitzi’s Sister (1554 Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–close, FREE.
WORDS: 2010 Hancock Lecturer Dr. Jordan D. Peterson compiles his research and practice for a discussion called The Necessity of Virtue. Moral excellence permeates all aspects of our lives, or at least it should, says Peterson, a psychology prof at U of T, clinical psychologist, author, and one of the country’s best lecturers (the votes prove it). The selfish and evil among us had better mosey on over, lest this intellectual exploration slash practical discussion on your own life offers a new perspective that might save your soul—or at least your Wednesday night. Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m., FREE (but reserve space here).
MUSIC: Great news, hipsters: it’s the third annual Indie Week in Toronto. For five whole nights, the artist-friendly indie rock fest will be hijacking fifteen venues with 150 bands—all for a twenty-dollar wristband that gets you into all the shows and some wicked parties. Besides tonight’s launch party at The Hideout, festival highlights include the Irish Showcase on Friday, a Maritime céilidh on Sunday, and a full lineup of Australian visitors from down under. Various venues; launch party at The Hideout (484 Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–4 a.m., $10.
FILM: Controversial Hot Docs documentary (and Sundance award winner), The Red Chapel, has East meet West in a whole new way. Westerners—including a journalist, a spastic, and a comedian—travel to North Korea under the guise of performance artists. Really, two European-raised North Korean adoptees are off to confront their biological roots, resulting in a whole new look on the Dear Leader and his twenty-three million citizens. Q&As with the filmmakers to follow. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $10.
LAUNCH: Score one for print journalism with the launch of Burner Magazine: Heating up the Art World, a hot new quarterly pop-art mag that claims to bring together edgy artists of all forms (and without any boring literary snobbery). The inaugural issue—about science, art, truth, conspiracies, naturalism, cyborgs, music, beauty, sex, and more—promises a wicked fun launch party hosted with audiovisual highlights and special guest DJs Lucie Tic and Paul Revered. The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $5.