After 5 enter through the back door…

There’s a new spot in town to meet up with your friends in the dark, and yes someone has to show you where it is. Like the Foam Doam, or long-defunct The Fort, it helps to know which doorknob to turn. Newly set up at the Baker’s Dozen, Odyssey Records is presenting art house and underground cinema screenings in a speakeasy setting. The password is odyssey but you didn’t read that here.

Almost there... Photo: Dave Knill
Almost there… Photo: Dave Knill

Originally from Hamilton, Justin Chasty had been curating the film section at Sonic Boom in Toronto before moving back to the Forest City to open Odyssey Records. A buying blitz ensued as he reached out to collectors who were downsizing, or getting out of the game entirely. He also met some real characters along the way.

He’s met up with many secretive strangers to see what they’ve got, and your record collection will thank him for it. The rendezvous can sometimes feel like shady setups. Other times the collector has saved music mag clippings, ticket stubs and setlists in the sleeves. You’ve got to trust your gut.

Odyssey Records talking ’bout talkies.

As much fun as he has talking vintage vinyl with aging aficionados, it’s the cinephile chat that Justin enjoys the most. Music fans get lots of time to talk between sets, but film buffs often leave the theatre without a chance to discuss the art they’ve just experienced. This series is designed to be different.

Enter by the back door. Photo: Dave Knill.
Enter by the back door. Photo: Dave Knill.

Chasty wants to hear what you like and what you don’t, and you might find your fave film being screened next month. Come early and stay after the film. Baker’s Dozen is located at Dundas and Adelaide so patrons can head somewhere nearby to keep the convo happening after. Start your night with dinner at The Root Cellar, or maybe just head over after to the St. Regis to argue over cheap whiskeys – depending on what you see.

Diverse diversions.

The series won’t be all classic samurai films and grindhouse gore, says Chasty. There will also be screenings like the Brian Eno-scored For All Mankind (1989). It features real film from the US Apollo Program moon landings (July 18, 8 p.m.). This will be a food-free screening so the audience can enjoy the film as intended in its serene glory.

Don’t worry Kurosowa, Revenge of the Ninja (1983) is up next. “Your classic revenge story, the old-school master ninja working throughout his life to discover who killed his family. He finally finds out..” Don’t miss this one if you love rooftop battles.

Odyssey kicks off their family film nights in August. The idea is to share the nostalgic movies that parents love with a new generation. Maybe you haven’t sat your kids down yet for a deep dive into Harry and The Hendersons or the earlier, more experimental films of Peewee Herman. Maybe now is the time.

Each screening is $5, so you can actually afford to do something after. I might have been joking about the password. You’ll have to find out for yourself. Check out Odyssey Records for updated screening listings all summer, and watch some of the trailers below!

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) Friday, July 13, 2018 @ 11 p.m.

For All Mankind (1989) Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 8 p.m.

Revenge of the Ninja (1983) Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 11 p.m.

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