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Newmindspace invites you to lock lips for a good cause tonight at the Big Kiss. Photo by Karim Romero.
Today in Toronto: canoodle for charity, a crafty holiday shop-off, a new Canadian thriller premieres, and artists celebrate Santa’s dark side.
FUNDRAISER: At 6 p.m. tonight, Virgin Mobile will be unveiling the world’s largest mistletoe above Yonge-Dundas Square. Not one to miss an opportunity for flashmobbery, the folks at Newmindspace will be ensuring that the ‘toe gets the reception it deserves. At the moment of unveiling, onlookers are invited to share a smooch—with each other, themselves, inanimate objects, etc.—as led by Degrassi sweethearts Charlotte Arnold and Raymond Ablack. For every kiss in the Square, Virgin will be donating five dollars to WWF Canada. In addition to the gigantic love-in, Newmindspace will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive. Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), 6 p.m., FREE.
SALE: December is upon us, meaning it’s time for the panicked Christmas shopping you meant to do last month. Luckily, SpeakEasy is here to help with their Annual Holiday Sale, bursting with hand-crafted gift ideas from talented local artisans. Stock up on stocking stuffers while enjoying a holiday cocktail or two at this showcase of Toronto’s creative community at its festive best. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., PWYC.
FILM: Toronto-based musician and actor Slim Twig stars in Sight Unseen, a tense new thriller set in a world where surveillance can be recorded straight from a person’s eye. The family affair was written, produced, and directed by Twig’s parents Ross Turnbull and Jennifer Hazel, with the score composed by the rocker himself. Tonight’s Toronto premiere will be followed by a reception at the College Street Bar. Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 7 p.m., $10.
ART: When Coca-Cola reinvented the European versions of Santa Claus for a more consumer-friendly North American audience, they conveniently left out Saint Nick’s demonic other half: Krampus. The goat-faced monster was said to accompany Santa on his Christmas rounds, doling out punishments to wicked children—and we don’t mean lumps of coal. Tonight, the Resistor Gallery will be throwing an opening party for their Krampusnacht exhibition, an art show celebrating Santa’s forgotten dark side. Resistor Gallery (284 College Street), 7 p.m., FREE.