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In this edition of Weekend Planner: literary funds are raised; football fans tailgate at the Drake; more Wychwood trivia; Steven Page performs Shostakovitch, Leonard Cohen, and himself with The Art of Time; and the Toronto Women’s Bookstore is just Shameless.
FUNDRAISER: J&L Books, The Walrus, and Type Books are hosting a fundraiser for Another Ventriloquist by Adam Penn Gilders, a collection of brief and witty vignettes. Original art and photographs, hand-painted valentines, rare books, vintage clothing, food and drink will be up for sale, and each admission includes a letterpressed valentine and a raffle ticket. Type Books (883 Queen Street West) Saturday, 6–9 p.m., $10.
FOOD: If you’re watching the game this Sunday, or even just watching your friends watch the game, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more delicious way to do it than a tailgate party at the Drake. For a mere $15, they are offering three big screens of football, barbecue and other munchies, a beer, door prizes, and trivia between each quarter. The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West) Sunday at 5 p.m., $15.
TRIVIA: Wychwood Open Door hosts its third annual Community Trivia Night fundraiser. Funds received support the Open Door drop-in centre for homeless and at-risk members of the St. Clair community. There will be six rounds of trivia, including questions about Toronto, food, and pop culture, as well as live music, a silent auction, a cash bar, and all kinds of prizes. Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street) Saturday, 6:30–10 p.m., $25.
MUSIC: Renowned not-just-classical supergroup the Art of Time, headed by artistic director Andrew Burashko, and known for interdisciplinary collaborations with theatre artists and classical performances of contemporary music, present Take This Waltz at Harbourfront. This performance explores the 150-year history of the waltz, and features a stellar lineup of musicians, including vocalist and former Barenaked Lady, Steven Page. The waltzes will range from classics by Liszt and Shostakovich, jazz standards from Bill Evans, the arrangements of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, as well as several waltzes written by Page himself. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West) Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., $25–$59.
LAUNCH: Shameless Magazine, an unabashedly feminist and DIY publication for teenage cisgender and trans women, launches its Rock & Riot issue with performances by Maylee Todd, Betty Burke (whose debut video we talked about earlier today), Abstract Random, Kate Sloan, and a DJ set by Syrus Marcus Ware. Toronto Women’s Bookstore (73 Harbord Street) Sunday, 3–6 p.m., FREE.