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Can you spot Lepos in Kensington Market? Artist Diego Bergia launches his Lepos-themed book tonight at Magic Pony, along with an unveiling of the original side-scroller prototype. Photo by Sam Javanrouh.
Tonight, a multimedia literary event with Guy Gavriel Kay and Dr. Harry Karlinsky, the unveiling of the original Lepos side-scroller prototype, a solo acoustic show from Jason Collett, and a legal defence fundraiser for the G20 arrestees.
REMEMBRANCE DAY: It has been sixty-five years since the end of World War II and ninety-two since the end of World War I. To honour Canada’s fallen soldiers, the City of Toronto’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony will take place in front of the cenotaph at Old City Hall (60 Queen Street West) today at 10:30 a.m. Meanwhile, all TTC buses, subways, and streetcars will be (safely) stopping at 11 a.m. for two minutes of silence. For those of us at work, home, or elsewhere, don’t forget to take a moment to think about and pay homage to the men and women who have fought for Canada and for peace.
WORDS: In The Evolution of Imaginary Objects, Dr. Harry Karlinsky explores the myth surrounding Thomas Darwin, onetime resident of a London, Ontario insane asylum and a possible son of Charles Darwin. The book cobbles together a compelling portrait of this figure using memoir excerpts, letters, photographs, and illustrations. Tonight, as part of the Rendezvous With Madness film festival and presented by This Is Not A Reading Series, Karlinsky will speak in dialogue with fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay while moving and static images of psychiatric institutions are projected throughout the space. After the discussion, Robin Aubert‘s A L’origine d’un cri (Crying Out) will be screened. Workman Arts (651 Dufferin Street); doors 6 p.m., talk 6:30 p.m., screening 8:45 p.m.; talk $5, screening $10.
STREET ART: In 2004, Diego Bergia’s Lepos, a cuddly alien and the sole survivor of his race, popped up in the streets of Toronto, eventually travelling across the world. The street art character is derived from a prototype arcade game that never went into full production. Tonight, for the first time, the original side-scroller game cabinet will be put on display until November 13. The unveiling accompanies the launch of Bergia’s new book documenting the entire Lepos history, exploring both the video game and street art sides of the project. Magic Pony (694 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Ten years ago, Jason Collett got his big break when he joined Hawksley Workman and Andrew Cash in the alt-country band Bird. The collaboration didn’t last, but soon, Collett had joined Broken Social Scene and was taking part in Radio Mondays, a weekly songwriting session, along with other artists like Leslie Feist and The Weakerthans. To date, Collett has released four albums, including last month’s Pony Tricks, which re-imagines eleven of his songs in stripped-down form. Tonight, he will perform a solo acoustic show. Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor Street West), doors 7 p.m., $20.
FUNDRAISER: Over one thousand people were arrested during June’s G20 summit, a weekend that left Toronto shaken by its unprecedented violence and police brutality. More than 230 people remain charged, and tonight, Rabble.ca is sponsoring an event to raise money to fund the legal defence of these parties. The evening will be hosted by comedian Martha Chaves, and will feature song and speech from Naomi Klein, Hawksley Workman, and trip-hop trio LAL. A catered pre-event with Naomi Klein will take place before the fundraiser. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West); pre-event 7 p.m., fundraiser 8 p.m.; pre-event and fundraiser: $100, fundraiser only: $50 in advance, $60 at the door.