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  • Everyone, it seems, is now a curator. In our daily lives, we engage with any number of digital entities that require us to pick and choose, creating playlists and “likes” that are carried over, algorithmically, into future picking and choosing. Boutiques and chain stores alike tout curated aesthetics, for which products, employees and store designs are tailor-made and “experiential.” In the art world, since the 1990s, curators have shaped visions of large institutional shows and international biennials, acting powerfully as arbiters, tastemakers, advisors and ambassadors.

    David Balzer’s new book Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else looks at the origins and nature of this mania for curating, drawing distinct parallels between the art world and popular culture. Where did curating come from? How can it be related to our understanding of the avant-garde, of value-making and of work? Have we reached a “curationist” saturation point, in which contemporary curating’s many paradoxes and paranoias have led its own undoing? Balzer will launch Curationism on Wednesday, Oct. 22 in The Drake Hotel's Sky Yard. All are welcome to join for afterwork drinks, great music and even better conversation.

    • Venue: Sky Yard
    • Type: Live, Art, Other
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 22, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $14.00
    • Time: Oct. 22, 2014, 8 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15
    • Time: Oct. 23, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.

    Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 23, 2014, 10 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $5.00
    • Time: Oct. 24, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Phantasmagorical Sir Jerry returns to the Underground with his all-ages, all-amazing show! Sir Jerry's been dubbed "Pink Floyd for kids" and "one of Canada's leading children's performers". With original songs and a first rate band, dancing girls, colourful stage characters, rock 'n' roll and music hall influences - the top-hatted faux Brit Sir Jerry is a unique hybrid indeed. The perfect Saturday afternoon for young rockers and old-schoolers alike!

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live, Comedy
    • Cover: $5/person, $10/family
    • Time: Oct. 25, 2014, 1 p.m.
  • Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, and BECK! Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 27, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • The Lonely Hearts are a rock and roll jukebox.

    A high energy quartet, the Lonely Hearts have been playing together for nearly a decade; from intimate parties to maximum capacity crowds, they have kept audiences dancing from start to finish. They contain the energy and soul of a vintage rock and roll band but with an incredibly vast repertoire that ranges from early rock and roll, Motown, early punk, new wave and modern pop. Their musicianship goes far beyond their years. They pride themselves on the ability to read a crowd and use their repertoire to tailor their set in order to keep the party at a high pace.

    A unique contrast exists within The Lonely Hearts; they give you the best of then with the youthful energy of now. They understand the importance of your event and will do everything they can to make your event as memorable and enjoyable as possible.

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 27, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Brave Shores is a Toronto based electro pop band, formed by siblings Jay and Stefanie McCarrol. Join Brave Shores as they celebrate the release of their debut EP

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10.00
    • Time: Oct. 28, 2014, 8 p.m.