Help girls rock out
Ever since the Riot Grrl movement inspired women to shred their guitars, more and more females have been wielding instruments on club stages. But we need more, and that's why Girls Rock Camp Toronto is so cool. Every summer, girls ages 8 to 16 learn how to play, write songs and perform, aided and abetted by female musicians already playing and recording. Help the camp keep on rockin' at the Girls Without Hats benefit Wednesday (October 24), 7:30 pm, at the Gladstone (1214 Queen West), where Pins and Needles, City Sailors and others perform. Pwyc. girlsrocktoronto.org.
No urban-rural divide here - we need to ditch the 937-hectare mega-quarry now menacing potato land and river systems in Melancthon. Soupstock brings together 150 chefs, Michael Stadtländer, Darren Glew, Jamie Kennedy, Dustin Gallagher and the like, plus music makers Jim Cuddy, Jesse Cook, Snowblink and lots more, to focus on the possible eco fallout on food land just an hour and a half from T.O. Sunday (October 21), 11 am to 4 pm. Bring your own bowl and spoon. $10 for three servings. Woodbine Park, foot of Woodbine. soupstock.ca.
Book tribute to Jack Layton
Here's another way to celebrate the life of the irreplaceable Jack Layton. Love, Hope, Optimism: An Informal Portrait Of Jack Layton, published by James Lorimer and featuring writings by those closest to him, launches Saturday (October 20), 2:30 pm. Joe Mihevc, Adam Vaughan Sarah Layton, Marilyn Churley, Peggy Nash and more grace its pages. The last three and others will attend the event. Free. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles. anotherstory.ca.