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Activist Scott Hammell will disappear in front of your eyes! Photo courtesy of Free The Children.
Today in Toronto: Free The Children feeds the children, Philippe de Montebello chats up the AGO, Toronto Women’s Bookstore is back in business, and Mother Mother stops at Lee’s Palace on the way to heaven.
FUNDRAISER: So you’re far too old to trick-or-treat, but Free The Children’s upcoming Halloween for Hunger may just be the loophole you need to jump back onto the saddle. In partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank, Free The Children has five whole days of various foodraising efforts, including trick-or-treating and magician/activist Scott Hammell, who will be living in a plexiglass box at Union Station the whole time. Your donations will help him “disappear” (get it?), so head down to Front with cans and other non-perishables in hand. Union Station (65 Front Street West), 6:00 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday, FREE.
TALK: Your friends at the AGO present Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fiske Kimball Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, talking some serious artspeak in The Universal Museum, Past and Present: Enlightened or Entitled? Montebello is one of the art world’s most influential and articulate voices on integrity, authority, and education in the field’s best art spaces (the Met nearly doubled in size on his watch, but who’s counting?), and tonight he’s chatting about the role of museum inclusiveness in the twenty-first century. Baillie Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 6:30–8:00 p.m., $18 (members/$15, students/$12).
PARTY: As the other bookstores are gobbled by Indigo, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore is trucking along like a champ. It’s been in a rough patch for a while—uncertainty, hiatus, debt, new ownership—but it has survived, and is throwing a party to prove it. Come meet the new staff of Toronto’s favourite feminist bookstore at the official re-opening—a three-day cabaret with readings, DJs, performances, and snacks. Drop by anytime (bring a cloth bag and buy something while you’re at it) after 7 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, or Friday until 10 p.m. Toronto’s Women Bookstore (73 Harbord Street), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Vancouver’s five-piece rock band Mother Mother—a modern pop blend from the producers of Tegan and Sara—play their 2008 sophomore album, O My Heart, at Lee’s Palace. Mother Mother blend offbeat lyricism and dynamic instrumentation, but tonight it’s not just about the music: the benefit show (with the help of Virgin Unite’s RE*Generation) will raise funds for at-risk and homeless youth. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), doors at 8:00 p.m., $20.