In today's Urban Planner: give our tall ships a proper farewell before they set sail; revel in some genre-blurring music acts (and more) at the Soundclash Festival; see slam poets reach for the prize at Slamtario 2012; and the Fringe heads into its final weekend.
MUSIC: Harbourfront Centre’s Soundclash Festival has evolved from a “battle of the bands” type award into a three-day festival that’s “genre free, and genre-bending.” What that means—aside from all sorts of food, kids activities, and other ancillary events—is performances from the finalists, and from favourite Toronto acts like LAL and Maylee Todd. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday 6 p.m.–11 p.m., Saturday & Sunday noon–11 p.m., FREE.
TALL SHIPS: The young sailors of Toronto Brigantine sail with the morning tide tomorrow to Niagara-on-the-Lake, to take part in a War of 1812 reeneactment. But before the vessels depart, there’ll be a “Jetty Jollification” and an open house on Toronto’s waterfront, where the crew members will be showing off their rigging (though the event won’t go late—sailors rise early). HTO Park, 7 p.m., FREE.
POETRY: The preliminary bouts of Slamtario 2012, the first annual edition of a provincial slam poetry competition, take place this evening. Tomorrow will be a day of bouts, leading up to the finals. There’s a $1,000 grand prize at stake, so the performer-poets will probably be fine-tuning their sets right up until it’s time to battle. 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst Street), Friday doors at 6 p.m., bouts at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m., $10 ($25 festival pass.)
FRINGE: Whether you want to see a musical or a sketch comedy, a stirring drama or a weird performance, the Toronto Fringe Festival has over 150 different shows, with something for just about every taste—and the best way to narrow down which shows to see is by checking out our 2012 Fringe coverage.
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