Today in Toronto: share your feedback on plans for the Port Lands, visit an exhibit that pits the city against the country, listen to a discussion about a book that goes behind the scenes of horse racing, and hear Andrew Downing and John Southworth's performance of Easterween.
TOWN HALL: The Ford ferris wheel may be dead, but the next phase in consultations on the Port Lands is moving full steam ahead. Following an initial consultation in December, the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative is back to test ideas at feedback workshops. After an open house last weekend, the first workshop took place last night and the second one is scheduled for tonight. Don’t sweat it if you can’t make it down to the meeting itself; you can join the discussion online too. Westin Harbour Castle, Metro West Ballroom (1 Harbour Square), 6:30–9:30 p.m., FREE.
ART: It’s a battle that’s been played out many times before—as far back as Aesop’s fable about the country mouse and city mouse. An art exhibit, which is holding its opening reception today, focuses on the comparisons between country and city living. HERE and THERE touches on the city’s environmental footprint and the impact urban expansion has on wildlife. Five artists will have their pieces on display, including Thomas Lappano, Kellen Hatanaka, Jim Mezei, Alexa Hatanaka, and Adrian Forrow. Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: Horse racing has been in the news recently thanks to the provincial government , but you can see a different side of the sport tonight. Kevin Chong will join journalist Douglas Bell to discuss his new book My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings. The book is a look at life behind the scenes of the racing world, complete with a primer on betting. Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor gallery (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $5 (FREE with book purchase).
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE: What is a cabaret-opera styled song cycle you ask? Well, we’re not entirely sure, so you should head to the Lower Ossington Theatre today or tomorrow to check it out yourself! What we do know is that Andrew Downing and John Southworth’s Easterween will feature a seven-piece orchestra with video projections that will tell the “magic-realist tale of a mythological egg hunt set during an eternal winter.” The performance includes a dozen songs that will guide the musical narrative of young love in its quest to save springtime. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $15.
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