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It’s quite possible this man, a subject of the SNOW DAY exhibit opening this evening, was a fan of Elf Power or Neutral Milk Hotel back in the ’90s, and is going to the Elephant 6 “Holiday Surprise” show tonight at Lee’s Palace. Photo by Daniel Eastman.
In today’s Urban Planner, the finer things in life, or the more fantastic, at weekend conventions; twenty-eight artists take part in an exhibit to ring out winter; kids sing veteran rockers’ songs to commemorate the Junos; and veteran rockers sing each other’s songs to commemorate the Elephant 6 recording label.
FOOD: Do you consider yourself a cultured person, particularly with respect to your palate? Well then, hie thee out to the airport, good sirs and madams, to the 2011 Wine and Cheese Spring Show, which is marking twenty-seven years of sampling, sipping, and tasting the gourmet aficionado’s more refined indulgences. International Centre (6900 Airport Road), noon–10 p.m., $15–$18.
COMICS: Perhaps pop culture is more to your liking? Sci-fi, fantasy, video games, movies, toys—if it’s the sort of thing Toronto’s own Sexy Nerd Girl would blog about, it’ll be at the 2011 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con. Celebrities expected include Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumni like Julie Benz and Nicholas Brendon, Kid in the Hall (and now comic creator) Scott Thompson, and Star Wars legend Billy Dee Williams. Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes Boulevard), 4 p.m.–9 p.m., $25–$150.
MUSIC: The teens at Rock’s Cool band camp are showing off all the licks they learned this week and celebrating the upcoming 40th Annual Juno Awards with a showcase concert entitled Juno Bound, conducted by The Most Serene Republic‘s Simon Lukasewich (himself a Juno nominee), and featuring the music of The Tragically Hip, Metric, Neil Young, and more. Sherway Academy (85 31st Street), 4 p.m., FREE.
ART: The curators at Labspace Studios assembled twenty-eight artists, one for every day in February, for their new SNOW DAYS exhibit, which showcases the completed work, all drawing inspiration from the “gloomiest and most depressing month” we’ve now put behind us. Photos, paintings, multimedia projects, and more will all be shown “chronologically” at this evening’s reception (and the weekend’s exhibit). Labspace Studio (2A Pape Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Recording label Elephant 6, still going strong, was responsible for some of the most influential New York–based indie and alternative acts of the ’90s, including Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power, and The Apples in Stereo. The label has assembled a superband of alumni to play crowd favourites from over a dozen old school acts, as part of its Holiday Surprise Tour, which hits our town tonight. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street), 10 p.m., $13.50.