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Urban Planner: May 11, 2012

In today's UP: sorely missed ex-mayor David Miller hosts an Occupy the Mic town hall; new work at the Mayworks Festival and Festival of New Ideas and Creation, and closing work at over a half dozen theatres; local talent at an international launch for Her Royal Majesty; and rapper Wordburglar has an all star line-up for his record launch for 3rdBurglar.

TALK: Remember when Toronto had a mayor who liked ideas? Talking about them, listening to others, open-mindedly debating their merits? Former mayor David Miller, who was always gracious and comfortable with the part of his job that entailed people putting mics in his face, holds one as the MC for tonight’s Occupy the Mic NowTalk series, featuring guests like comic Arthur Simeon and policitian/musician Andrew Cash. Miller and his guests will be debating the root causes and tactics of the Occupy movement, and the benefits (if any) the movement may have (or have had) for Toronto. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), doors at 6:15, 7 p.m. start, $15 (plus HST & 2 per cent service charge).

THEATRE: Last chance theatre round-up! And there’s a lot of it tonight and this weekend:

LAUNCH: The Paris-based literary arts magazine Her Royal Majesty has co-ordinated launch parties for their 12th international issue in seven cities around the world. Toronto’s event features readings from Susanna Fournier, Ryan Kerr, and Grace O’Connell, and musical performances by Thom Gill & Johnny Spence, Graham Wright of Tokyo Police Club, and more. Placebo Space (1409 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m., PWYC.

RAP: For his third album, MC Sean Jordan, better known as WordBurglar, dug deep into the roots of Toronto’s local rap scene, enlisting luminaries like More or Les and Fresh Kils to contribute to his appropriately titled 3rdBurglar. He’s also welcoming them as guests, along with Timbuktu, Chokeules, and many more, at tonight’s massive CD launch for the album. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $10 (includes CD).

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  • Anonymous

    Is David Miller “sorely missed” as mayor ? Really?

    I just wonder what would he have done differently (in hindsight, obviously), to prevent the urban/suburban schism, the ascension of the Ford idiocracy and their relentless beat-down of anything resembling rational civic planning and discourse. Because he certainly did nothing in his last 12-18 months in office (shades of Jimmy Carter’s “rose garden strategy”).

    Instead of blathering on about the occupy movement (which seems in dubious taste, given he went AWOL for the G20 police riots), Miller still owes this city an explanation for (or at least, a theory on) the disaster that ensued in the wake of his administration.

    • Testu

      There’s no excusing the mess that was the G20, but has anyone managed to handle the megacity urban/suburban divide?

      I don’t think you can blame the Miller admin for failing to integrate a bunch of fundamentally different regions into a coherent city. Maybe we can’t un-ring that bell, but it seems like amalgamation was a really terribly idea that hasn’t improved civic planning or administration for anyone involved.

  • Anonymous

    Sure, Miller has a nice glow in comparison right now, but don’t forget that he responded to bullying by striking outdoor workings by threatening the citizens with fines when they gave up waiting in frustration and left their bags in the lines at dumping stations.

    If he wanted to keep having his voice heard on issues for Toronto, he should have run for reelection.