In today's UP: Occupy Wall Street spawns a Canadian spin-off, young artists showcase at the Gladstone Hotel, Ohbijou and a DOA alumni play free in-stores, and Punch Drysdale celebrate their reunion by punishing their livers onstage.
ACTIVISM: With the Occupy Wall Street protests inspiring similar class protests in other cities in the U.S. (and gaining celebrity supporters like Keith Olbermann, Jeff Mangum, and Yoko Ono), anti-poverty activists are looking to start similar action on Bay Street this weekend with an Occupy Toronto Market Exchange (doesn’t quite roll off the tongue the same way, does it…). There’s a planning meeting happening this afternoon for those who are committed (and those who are just curious.) Berczy Park (Front Street & Yonge Street), 5 p.m., FREE.
ART: More than a dozen young artists have submitted for a new exhibition, Afterlife, opening tonight on the second floor of the Gladstone Hotel. Running over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, until Tuesday, October 11, the exhibit will be open from noon to 5 p.m. each day (and for tonight’s opening, from 7 p.m.–10 p.m.) Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: In last Friday’s Urban Planner, Ohibjou was “competing” against several other bands who were all holding release shows on the same night. This evening, the orchestral pop band, whose new album Metal Meets is a bit more assertive than their lush prior work, play a FREE 7 p.m. in-store at Soundscapes (572 College Street). But once again, they aren’t the only ones; over at the new location for Sonic Boom (“Sexy Nerd Girl” gives a short tour here), legendary punk rocker Joe “Shithead” Keithley is also doing an in-store and Q&A. Sonic Boom (782 Bathurst Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Comically belligerent redhead Cole Osborne has returned to Toronto from sailing the high seas on a Second City tour ship, and he’s reuniting with his Punch Drysdale pal Norm Sousa onstage tonight. How are the two going to celebrate? By drinking a two-four of beer in approximately an hour (while attempting comedy), with a few pals, like musical guest Donovan Wood. Sousa is also hosting the 8 p.m. show of Catch 23 Improv (and we assume, though we could be wrong, he’ll be doing that part of the evening sober). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 11 p.m., PWYC.
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CORRECTION: October 7, 2011, 10:39 AM This article originally stated that Joe Keithley was performing at Rotate This, rather than Sonic Boom.