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Urban Planner: May 3, 2012

Today: a free classical music concert at the Four Seasons; the CONTACT festival looks at the Rolling Stones and the works of acclaimed Israeli photographer Adi Nes; graduates of OCAD host a gigantic exhibition of their work; a discussion on gender identity; and Hot Docs continues.

Celebrate the world of the Rolling Stones at CONTACT. Photo by Philip Townsend, courtesy of Cressida Murray.

MUSIC: Spice up your lunch break with a show at the Four Seasons Centre called The Grain of the Voice, part of their free midday concert series. This particular edition sees two Toronto music groups join forces–Aradia Ensemble and Choir, who focuses on early classical music, and Darbazi, who focuses on the musical traditions of Georgia. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 12–1 p.m., FREE.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographers and lovers of photography are having a field day now that the CONTACT festival has officially taken over the city. Yesterday, we showcased our own photographers’ selection of can’t-miss shows, but if you really want to get in the spirit, here are two that are opening tonight:

  • 50 Years of The Rolling Stones digs through the archives to bring you rarely-seen pics of the legendary rock and roll band; tonight’s opening party features live musical guests including Holly Andruchuk, Modernboys Moderngirls, and Julian Taylor Band. Analogue Gallery (673 Queen Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
  • The exhibition dedicated to acclaimed Israeli photographer Adi Nes collects most of his well-known photographs from the early ’90s until today. Nes’ work, a mix of art history and photojournalism, tackles the military environment and Israeli society, among other themes. Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Olga Korper Gallery (17 Morrow Avenue), Opening reception, 6–9 p.m., FREE.

ART: To all those who have now successfully made it through their final exams–congrats! For OCAD students, special congratulations are in order, as their Annual Graduate Exhibition opens tonight. The event features submissions from over 550 graduating students and includes works in all media. OCAD Main Building (100 McCaul Street), Opening reception, 6:30–11 p.m., FREE.

TALK: Tonight’s Gender Dysphoria talk invites a panel of experts to discuss transgender identity and healthcare, specifically as it affects children and youth. UTAC Lounge (15 King’s College Circle), 7 p.m., FREE.

HOT DOCS: It’s North America’s biggest documentary film fest, it’s celebrating a new home cinema, and it’s got everything from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to a penis museum. What’s not to love? Everything you need to know about Hot Docs 2012 is at our festival hub.


Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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