A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto…
Friday April 20th
Newman Boys Benefit Concert | Lee’s Palace
In January of this year a man caused a disturbance outside an Oakville police station. Things escalated and he was shot dead by officers. Later on the same day police where called to investigate the suspicious death of a women police and found there was a connection between these two people: they were an estranged couple and now their three sons were orphans.
This Friday, Lee’s Palace hosts a benefit concert for the Newman Boys Trust Fund. Performing are Basia Bulat, Andre Ethier, Jim Guthrie, Nathan Lawr, Light Fires, Casey Mecija, Owen Pallett, Sandro Perri and Bry Webb.
If you can’t make the show or would like to donate to the to the Newman Boys Trust Fund directly funds can be sent by PayPal online or at any Bank of Montreal to Account #0006 398 6401.
Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor St W), 9PM, $15
Physical Belongings | OCAD U Student Gallery
OCAD U Students Antonio Lennert and Teresa Tam have used graphic design to delve into and express cross-cultural issues. Using objects, print, photography, and audio/visual installations the pair present the creation of artifacts, their destruction and the notion of self-exile. The write up for this event makes a lot of ostentatious statements, but ultimately what I feel this exhibition will be about is the end of their university journey. If the work is good they have nothing to be so pensive and apprehensive about.
OCAD U Student Gallery (285 Dundas St W), 6PM-10PM Fri-Sun, Free
Also happening Friday…
– Toronto Wing Festival to decide who has the city’s best wings
Saturday April 21st
THE SOUNDS OF THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE | Toronto Underground Cinema
Before Jacques Cousteau there was another French filmmaker who had a love affaire with the sea. Jean Painlevá (1902-89), though a more avant-garde filmmaker than Cousteau, captured magical moments on miles of celluloid. The courtship of octopuses, seahorses giving birth, a day in the life of a urchin are all scenes you can expect to see in Painlevá’s “scientific-poetic cinema”.
In 2001 the San Francisco International Film Festival commissioned New Jersey indie rock band Yo La Tengo to compose a score for 78 minutes worth of Painlevá’s footage. For the score that would be titles The Sounds of the Sounds of Science the group took on a slightly more ambient post-rock sounds than previously heard on their albums, employing horns and string sections, tones they would later incorporate into their subsequent albums.
The band has only preformed the score a total of twelve times, but Toronto’s Images Festival, North America’s largest festival for experimental and independent moving pictures, has made the proud announcement that Yo La Tengo will be closing out the festival with the full experience, that being the score and the Painlevá’s eight short films on 35 mm, at the Toronto Underground Cinema this Saturday.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina), 7PM, Advanced tickets sold out.
CITY OF CRAFT SPRING EDITION | Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
City of Craft is part of a larger network of craft events such as Church of Craft and Toronto Craft Alert. It saw its origins following the 2007 Craft Congress in Pittsburgh. But this Saturday marks the first time City of Craft is rolling out for a Spring edition.
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church will be jumping with over 40 vendors, a row of tables designated for youth craftsperson, and a free photo booth present by Have & Hold Design just to get it started. You’ll be able to by the handmade and vintage wares from the likes of Bookhou, Doublenaut, Falconwright, Fieldguided, Kid Icarus, Knotted Nest, Needle Book, The Workroom and oh-so much more. A little birdie told me Kid Icarus has printed a batch of their ever popular Great Lakes gift wrapping paper just in time for City of Craft. Get excited.
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor Street West), 11AM-6PM, $1 kids 12 & under free
RECORD STORE DAY | Global
Since 2007 the third Saturday of April has been celebrated the world over as Record Store Day. A way to celebrate the stand alone, independent stores still selling physical music, the people who make that music, and the people who continue to collect it. Over 700 stores in the US participate and even more globally.
Many recording artists who owe their continued success to independent stores who regularly stocked singles and LPs from independent labels in the ‘import’ or ‘grey’ sections now announce special releases just for Record Store Day. This year’s RSD releases include the likes of Beach House, Deerhoof, of Montreal, M83 and that Mastadon/Feist split we were waiting for.
The success of Record Store Day has happened in parallel with a resurgence of vinyl. This same interest and the subsequent need to repress their back catalogues has helped keep some indie labels strong in this era of digital music. Labels such as Vancouver’s Mint Records (once a home to the New Pornographers, cub, Neko Case, and currently the Pack AD, Hot Panda, and who are still kicking it as hard as ever after just celebrating their 20th year in 2011.
Also a Records Store Tradition is the many in-store performances. Having tested out the new Bathurst location of Sonic Boom during Canadian Music Week, I think it’s the preeminent space in Toronto, if not Canada, for in-store shows. The line-up for this Saturday is stellar, you might want to clear your schedule.
1PM – ARMY GIRLS
2PM – THE DARCYS
3PM – BORN RUFFIANS
4PM – PLANTS AND ANIMALS
5PM – BLOODSHOT BILL
6PM – FRESH SNOW
7PM – LIONESS
8PM – EIGHT AND A HALF
9PM – DIEMONDS
As always, in-stores at Sonic Boom are free, but it’d be decent of you to bring a non-perishable food item with you to donate to the Fort York Food Bank. As well there’ll be limited edition silk-screened posters to mark the event. They’re always beautiful, so get one for a donation (Sonic Boom staffers usually suggest $2) with proceeds going to the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.
Relevant Twitter info for Records Store Day: @SonicBoomMusic, @RecordStoreDay, #RSD2012
Also happening Saturday…
Sunday April 22nd
Yuli’s PP [Artist Profile]