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Sometimes I spend my weeknights camped out on my futon watching way too many hours of TV. Other times I decide to live my twentysomething life a little bit more and check out some of the great events happening in my city. And when the mood strikes me, I’ll share some of those events here. Next week my social calendar is booked for every day of the week, and here are a few of the highlights. See you there?

Local Motion book coverLocal Motion: Election Hangover Party, Tuesday 7-11:30pm, Lula Lounge, $5 or FREE with book purchase (Facebook event page)

Still down in the dumps after the municipal election? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Come join a bunch of like-minded folks at the launch of the final title in Coach House Books’ uTOpia series: Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto. If the politicians aren’t going to get things done, let’s take matters into our own hands, Torontonians! Now, more than ever, it’s time to get engaged in our city and make positive change our mission. Coach House is touting the event as “Toronto’s unofficial election hangover party,” and it will feature a roundtable discussion with some of the book’s many contributors (including Kelly Grant, Jonathan Goldsbie, John Lorinc, and Mike Smith), discussing “how individuals and groups can make things happen in their neighbourhoods in the months to come.” (If you can’t make it to the event on Tuesday, you can still buy the book wherever cool books are sold!)

meshmarketing logoMeshMarketing, Wednesday 8am-5pm, AllStream Centre, $539 regular/$99 student/FREE volunteer (Website)

For the past two years I’ve volunteered at the Mesh Conference, an annual web conference that’s always a fun and informative experience. This year I’m also helping out at MeshMarketing, described on their site in 140 characters as: “1 day of insight & info 4 U 2 capitalize on growing digital market. Thought-provoking keynote talks in AM. Followed by interactive & engaging panels & workshops.” Speakers at this year’s event include representatives from online superstars such as Porter Airlines, Pepsi Canada, Zappos, and Whole Foods. If you’re interested in marketing in the digital space, this is the conference for you, so go check out the varying ticket options – they might even still be in need of a few more volunteers, who get to attend the entire conference for free.

ECW Press Shelf MonkeyECW’s Fall Literary Party, Thursday 7-11:30pm, Supermarket, FREE (Facebook event page)

My publisher, ECW Press, is holding their fall literary party with readings from a host of fantastic authors (including George Murray and Evie Christie), and I’ll be there to show my support! Come and join me for a night of great readings, great books for sale, great conversations, and great drinks. The event is free (!), but you’re definitely going to want to pick up a few books after you hear these talented authors read, so be sure to bring your wallets!

What cool upcoming events are you going to in Toronto?