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Pull a Jacob Two-Two and come meet Hooded Fang for their CD release party tonight at the Drake.
Today in Toronto, a mending circle for tattered treasures, a movement to end the use of child soldiers, Shakespeare-inspired music, and a CD release party from Hooded Fang.
CRAFT: Tonight, in conjunction with Worn Fashion Journal and the Toronto Craft Alert, City of Craft presents “For Keeps: A Mending Show,” an exhibit devoted to those things we just can’t bring ourselves to throw away. The show, running until December 21, is an exhibit of everyday objects that have been deliberately kept and repaired, from a 1920s Palestinian dress (ripped open for an emergency childbirth) to a teddy bear that ran down a family line. Tonight’s opening will feature a mending circle, where guests can bring their own tattered treasures and learn new ways to fix them (with materials provided on site), as well as music from L-CON. Crème Tangerine at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West); mending circle: 7–9 p.m., music: 10 p.m.; FREE.
HUMAN RIGHTS: In a country like Canada, sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are still over 250,000 children being forced into combat across the world. In an effort to raise awareness and end this phenomenon, senator and retired lieutenant-general Roméo Dallaire has sparked a global movement called Zero Force, dedicated to ending the use of child soldiers. Tonight, on the eve of Human Rights Day, he reads from his new book, They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, a humanitarian examination of the practice around the world. The evening will be hosted by CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti with an introduction by human rights advocate Stephen Lewis and music from Sudanese hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier himself. MacMillan Theatre (80 Queen’s Park); 7:30 p.m.; $25, $20 for students.
MUSIC: Borrowing its name from Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, Mordecai Richler’s famous children’s book, Hooded Fang is a perfect mix of sunny cheer and underlying tones of melancholy. In the grand tradition of Zack Attack and The Archies, the Toronto band is basically a group of pals whose collective exuberance has generated an explosion of pop perfection, heavy on glockenspiel and wistful boy-girl harmonies. But don’t worry about twee overload—singer Daniel Lee’s baritone prevents the melodies from becoming too saccharine, and beneath the band’s chipper exterior is a healthy dose of Gen-Y angst. (If the album art looks familiar, Hooded Fang recruited Honest Ed’s sign painter Dougie Kerr to recreate his Toronto aesthetic.) The band holds an album release party tonight, joined by Santa Guerilla and Doldrums. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), doors 8 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: A great man once said that “Billy Shakespeare wrote a whole lotta sonnets,” and indeed he did, not to mention a boatload of plays and epic poetry. From tonight until Saturday, the Art of Time Ensemble presents “If Music Be…”, a multimedia theatre piece that fuses music with scenes from Shakespeare. The piece was choreographed by former National Ballet of Canada artistic director James Kudelka and Canadian dance icon Peggy Baker (who will also perform), and features Shakespeare-inspired music from Sergei Prokofiev, Rufus Wainwright, and John Cage, and performances from actors like Lucy Peacock and Ted Dykstra. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $25–$59.