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Kick your post-election blues and find out how you can ensure your voice is heard in the coming year at the Election Hangover Party. Image courtesy of Coach House Books.
Tonight in Toronto: revitalizing civic engagement with the release of the newest uTOpia book, remembering a local performer, and UK folktronica group Tunng return to North America.
WORDS: Civic spirits have been woefully low in the wake of the recent mayoral election, with many citizens feeling disconnected from a city hall that would dissolve bike lanes and tear up TTC (and gravy train) tracks. Luckily the good people at Coach House Books have taken it upon themselves to put some wind back into the sails of Pink Toronto with an unofficial Election Hangover Party. The event will launch Local Motion, the final title in the uTOpia series that takes a proactive look at community involvement in city affairs. The event will feature a roundtable discussion on the 2010 election and what it means for the future with contributors Desmond Cole, Kelly Grant, Che Kothari, Jennifer Lewington, and Mike Smith. (Cole is also Torontoist contributor, and Torontoist’s senior editor Hamutal Dotan has an article in the book as well.) Afterwards the mic will open for a lightning round, where attendees will have the opportunity for a minute-long soapbox on civic affairs. Come learn what you can do to ensure your voice is still heard in this city during the reign of Ford! Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., $5 or free with purchase of book.
MEMORIAL: Two weeks ago the world lost local actor, clown, and puppeteer Christopher “C.J.” Schneider to melanoma, two months after his diagnosis. Known for his performances with the Fringe Festival and for his Canadian and European tours with Koba Entertainment’s Franklin series, C.J. was a beloved member of the children’s theatre community. Tonight—on what would have been his thirty-first birthday—C.J’s close friend Ben Clost will host a memorial and tribute including toasts, stories, and musical tributes by members of Cellar Door and The Emotionally Unavailable Mariners. All proceeds will go to the Schneider family, to offset funeral expenses. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 7 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: Popular British folktronica group Tunng returns to North America for the first time since 2007 to promote their recently released fourth album …And Then We Saw Land. The group have a strong foundation in pop and have been featured on several prime time television series (Weeds, Parenthood), but are also known for their experimental sounds. Tonight they take to the stage at Rivoli to demonstrate what has been called a “more pastorally orchestral” direction in the evolution of their music, which can be heard in such songs as “Don’t Look Down or Back” [MP3] and “Hustle.” Rivoli (334 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15.