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Tomboyfriend open tonight’s first ever Cherry Bomb Live!, a live music showcase for “queer and queer-supportive artists.” Photo by Teresa Fulker.
In today’s Urban Planner the sun finally shines on a made-in-Toronto indie film, the young women of The Amy Project have something they hope you’ll Check Out, Camp Wannagetsum offers dancing to the beats of YouTube celebrity Phil Villeneuve, and queer dance event Cherry Bomb branches out with a new live music series.
FILM: We have a feature interview with Son of the Sunshine writer, director, and star Ryan Ward coming up later today, but you’ll want to book this evening off for tonight’s premiere even before reading it. The film, about a Tourettes-afflicted young man with a gift for healing others, has racked up awards and nominations at film festivals in North America, and is finally making its Toronto theatrical debut this evening; the cast and creative team will be present to take questions after both of tonight’s screenings. Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street), 7:40 p.m. & 9:40 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: The young women of the AMY Project premiere their latest work, Check Out, tonight (there’s also a matinee and gala closing show on Saturday). Co-directed by award-winning theatre artists Claire Calnan and Lisa Codrington, and created by this year’s graduating participants, the collaborative work looks at frank and funny exchanges between shoppers and employees at a discount superstore. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $15 (some rush PWYC tickets available).
FUNDRAISER: You’ve watched and enjoyed Phil Villeneuve’s dancing in public YouTube hits; tonight, at Camp Wannagetsum?, a fundraiser for Project 10 (a charity that supports queer youth between 14 and 25), he’ll be spinning the tunes and encouraging attendees to bust out their best moves. Those less interested in booty-shaking can also enjoy a raffle, an art auction, and an arts and crafts table, including gimp and bead bracelet–making (we had to look gimp wire up, and can now tell you it has absolutely nothing to do with that weirdo in the box in Pulp Fiction). Augusta House (152A Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: Popular local dance series Cherry Bomb, a queer dance party event produced by resident DJs Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson, is starting up a new live music series, titled appropriately, Cherry Bomb Live! The debut event’s live acts include Bonjay, La Bomba, and Tomboyfriend, plus a guest DJ set from Nina Brown of Yes Yes Y’All (another banging local queer dance night). The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $10.