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Urban Planner: October 2, 2008

20081002urbanplanner.jpgMUSIC: Today, War Child Canada is presenting “Busking For Change,” a day-long busking event featuring a number of reasonably successful Canadian performers. Among those performing are Our Lady Peace‘s Raine Maida (a fervent supporter of War Child Canada), Chantal Kreviazuk, Zack Werner, The Waking Eyes, and Neverending White Lights. Expect to see lots of teenaged girls unable to control their excitement, and a slough of disgruntled buskers who’ve had their spots stolen by real musicians with stable income. Various locations in the downtown core, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.., FREE (plus the donation to War Child Canada you’ll inevitably end up making).
ART: Curators Chris Mitchell and Jade Rude, in association with the Gladstone Hotel, are presenting “upArt,” a new contemporary art fair which will run until Sunday. The salon-style fair will take place on the entire second floor of the hotel, with site-specific installations in each of the eleven exhibition rooms. The reception for the show is tomorrow night at 7 p.m., but those eager to see the fair will be able to preview the exhibition from 4 to 8 p.m. today. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 4 p.m., $7.
WORDS: Tightrope Books, in association with This Is Not A Reading Series, is presenting a double book launch tonight at the Tranzac. Editors Paola Poletto and Jake Kennedy are releasing Boredom Fighters, an anthology of graphic poetry. As well, writer Sean Stanley and illustrator Kristi-Ly Green will be releasing their new graphic novel, Etcetera and Otherwise. Following a group discussion with the four authors, there will be a “graphic poetry slam” and a DJ set by DJ Hollyrock. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
ART: The Toronto International Art Fair returns today for its ninth year. The four-day event, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, will showcase over 5,000 works from 14 countries. There is an opening preview for the fair tonight featuring appearances from Mayor David Miller, the AGO’s Director of Collections and Research, Dennis Reid, and the Managing Director of the Toronto International Art Fair, Linel Rebenchuk. For those of you that don’t feel like coughing up $190 to attend the preview tonight, never fear: admission during the fair is only $18. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), 6:30 p.m., $190.
WORDS: Author/chef Jennifer McLagan is celebrating the release of her new cookbook Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes, with a demonstration and discussion tonight at the Danforth TYPE Books. The book tells us why we should eat fat and how to select the right fats for use in the kitchen. Bring all your anorexic friends and watch them recoil in horror all night long. TYPE Books (503 Danforth Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
Photo of Raine Maida at last year’s “Busking for Change” by Pete Nema.


  • Gloria

    Huh. Disgruntlement might make sense if the musicians were making money buskers would have been getting. But since 1) the musicians are not playing for their own financial gain and 2) many people who may not have flipped a dollar to a busker might pull out the wallet for a charity … I don’t get it. In this case, not so much “Damn those musicians with stable income!” as “Damn those war orphans!”

  • jen_in_toronto

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed commenters are taking these kinds of tongue-in-cheek comments in Torontoist stories way too seriously.

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  • Robin Hatch

    Amen, jen_in_toronto.

  • Gloria

    @2: I thought it was definitely sarcastic, but I wasn’t sure if it was playful or genuinely critical.
    Since I couldn’t figure out the joke (riffing on *actual* complaints by buskers is the only ironic situation I can think of), I decided to take it at face value … which is still “tongue-in-cheek” but you know, nonsensical.
    If I’m wrong, just lemme know, Robin. Sorry, I’m not complaining about jokes, but jokes I don’t get.

  • Gloria

    Ah, I think I get it now. I guess I couldn’t see Torontoist making fun of buskers.
    Anyway, sorry for the misunderstanding. Carry on.
    (I can’t take things seriously on a blog that wars over graffiti and whether you should be able to have extra cheese on your pasta? Come onnn.)

  • Robin Hatch

    I just thought it would be funny to see a guy wandering aimlessly with nowhere to play his erhu.
    (Are you saying a person shouldn’t be allowed to have extra cheese on his pasta if he/she wants it?)

  • torontothegreat

    Never been a fan of Our Lady Peace, but this is extremely noble of Raine Maida IMO.
    Perhaps this will expand into something even bigger next year, which would be great cause War Child is an AMAZING cause!
    Kudos to all these artists that took time from their busy schedules to give a little something back and (more importantly) raise awareness to a very worthy cause!
    I normally give some bucks to buskers (hey they earn it at least) but I did feel compelled to drop a 20 in the bucket today to Chantal Kreviazuk in FCP and the thing was FULL of 20′s… Great work!

  • torontothegreat

    re-reading my post, I’m not sure I could have fit in the word ’cause’ any more times.

  • Marc Lostracco

    I’ve worked very peripherally with Raine in the context of War Child, and he walks the walk, going to Darfur and Iraq with them and bringing a huge amount of awareness to the NGO. He mentions a bit about it in my Tall Poppy interview with him.
    FYI, the co-founder of War Child Canada, Dr. Eric Hoskins, is actually running as the Liberal candidate for Haldimand-Norfolk at the moment.