Friday August 24th
OUT OF THIS WORLD SCI-FI USED BOOK SALE | Lillian H. Smith Library
If you’ve ever visited the Lillian H. Smith Library along College Street, just on the outside of Chinatown, you may have noticed there’s a special collection there. Once you’ve passed the giant bronze griffins and followed the brass handrail to the third floor you’ll find a collection of rare children’s literature under glass. It’s not the only children’s collection in the TPL system (there’s also the Osborne Collection, which has even older books from the Edwardian era). It might even seem out of place, but this is only until you learn that Smith was the first trained children’s librarian in the British Empire. Having graduated from U of T in 1910, she returned from New York upon the invitation of Toronto Public Library to head what would become a separate and dedicated children’s collection.
Also housed at the beautiful Lillian H. Smith branch is the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. A non-circulating, reference collection of rare and old sci-fi and non-fiction works relating to the genres.
This Friday and Saturday the branch hosts it’s second annual Out of this World SciFi used book sale. This year the librarians have promised they made a “half decent attempt to sort it (by author).” If you’re a fan of Science, Speculative, Sword & Sorcery, Scary, Superhero, Slipstream, Steampunk and want to find some rare gems for a steal stop by between 5-7:30PM on Friday and 10AM-3PM on Saturday.
Also happening Friday…
Saturday August 25th
TOPANGA, ARMY GIRLS| Horseshoe
My favourite part of NXNE is checking out bands in the non-traditional settings. Like a stranger’s backyard where you have to squeeze between two houses and be birthed through a crowd of people to get to. That’s where I got to hear Toronto’s Army Girls in person for the first time. Of the 20 bands crammed into a single afternoon on a grass patch in the middle of Little Portugal, Army Girls’ made a splash. In fact, their performance is in my top five of all the NXNE acts I caught this year. They’d been on constant tour, so the songs I’d heard recorded previously were now well oiled and flawless… Even though Carmen Elle broke a string on the guitar she borrowed from Henri Fabergé.
See Army Girls play with the equally praise-worthy Topanga at the Horseshoe this Saturday. Also taking the stage are Sandman Viper Command and Dangerband.
Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St), $8.50 adv / $10 doors 9PM
Also happening Saturday…
Sunday August 26th
Yuli’s PP [Artist Profile]