It has recently come to my attention that many cool things on the Arts and Culture horizon are – gasp – all on the same day! Unfortunately at this time, I do not possess the technology to split myself into several parts so I can do it all, so I’m counting on you, people of Toronto, to check out all this cool shit! Pick your poison and have a ball! And good luck at work Friday morning…
Welcome to the Neighbourhood, Photographs by Patrick Moore. Patrick Moore is a dope photographer, videographer, and the creator of Gemini Magazine. This is a special one-night-only event showcasing all new unseen works from one of Patrick’s frequent trips to LA, a place he loves to shoot. Expect prints for sale, as well as the latest issue of Gemini Mag, GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS. Photos of LA streetlife and culture, and motorcycle gangs are some of the subject matter. Afterparty will continue at Parts n’ Labour. 439 Wellington Street West, Suite 222. No Cover. DJ and Refreshments. 6-9pm
Waiting for Ricky Tantrum by Jules Lewis. Book launch for an emerging local author who will be reading from his first novel, a semi-autobiographical account of growing up in Toronto’s west end Dufferin Grove neighbourhood where, ahem, I happen to have also grown up. Names have been changed, cue sigh of relief. If you grew up in Toronto or live here now, it’s sure to be an interesting read, and you’ll get a chance to meet the author and pick up a copy of the book! The Quill and Quire said “reading the novel is like listening to a dozen simultaneous shouted conversations, all taking place in a crowded after-school hangout.” Congrats Jules! Hope I wasn’t rude to you when I was a kid! The Ossington Bar, 61 Ossington, north of Queen. No cover, 7-9pm
Autumn Discount Shopping Night at Nathalie-Roze & Co. 4th Annual Discount Shopping event for fashion lovers of all types, in Toronto East’s jewel of a neighbourhood, Leslieville. Pick from over 80 Canadian designers and a wide selection of boutique clothing, from up-cycled and eco-friendly to classy and distinctive. Sure bet to grab some one of a kind duds and get in the know about more upcoming fall events and workshops at Nathalie-Roze & Co. Also you can enter a raffle to win one of 3 prizes, each worth over $150! Support Canadian Fashion and welcome fall with a snuggly bang. 1015 Queen Street East at Pape. No cover, 5-9pm
(S)CREAM with Saidah Baba Talibah at Wrongbar. Get a taste of Saidah’s debut album (S)CREAM at this advanced-grab album release party. “Satisfying and Soulful. Raw and Raunchy. Inspiring, tantalizing and scandalous. Saidah will take you on a trip, get you high, bring you to your knees and take you to that place called grace all in one glorious evening. She delivers the goods each and every time. Come Scream with Saidah.” She doesn’t disappoint! Music by DJ Paul E. Lopes. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West at Brock. Doors at 9pm, Show at 11pm. $20 at the door – includes CD.
–By Becca Lemire