Idle No More activists honour missing and murdered women February 14. Photo by Jorge A.Vallejos
BOOST OCAD ART
Sometimes graduating from art school doesn't give you the leg up you need. The senior class in OCAD's drawing and painting department want to develop a catalogue of their work and are hosting a funder tonight (Thursday, February 14), 5 to 9 pm, to make that happen. The Big Draw at OCAD U (100 McCaul) presents DJs, food and more, and thanks to a silent auction, you can snap up works by these upstart artists and their teachers. $10, stu $5. apache.ocad.ca/events_calendar.
ONE BILLION TOO MANY
One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, which is why the global One Billion Rising movement is using Valentine's Day (today, February 14) to press for an end to violence. A rally from noon to 2 pm at Nathan Phillips Square features writer Michele Landsberg, Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Mike Layton and the White Pine Dance Group. At 12:30 pm, following an Idle No More call to honour missing and murdered aboriginal women, there will be a strawberry ceremony with Wanda Whitebird at Police Headquarters, 40 College. womensmemorialmarch.wordpress.com. And at 7 pm, the Toronto Rising V-Day Dance takes over the Opera House, 735 Queen East. $10. facebook.com/onebillionrising.toronto.
TAKING ON LINE 9
Many places in North America have a tar sands monster, and Line 9 is ours. Find out how to take action at Patagonia Toronto's solution-focused panel with Adam Scott of Environmental Defence and Jim Robb from Friends of the Rouge Watershed, plus a screening of Chris Malloy's Groundswell, a doc on BC's unspoiled coast. Wednesday (February 20), 7 pm. 500 King West. Free. 416-861-1102, facebook.com/PatagoniaToronto/events.