In today's Urban Planner: Dancing for charity, discussing the effects of the U.S. election with former U.S. ambassador Michael Wilson, and Sam Sutherland celebrates the release of his book Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk.
CHARITY DANCE: As if you needed a reason to go out dancing, tonight you can do it for charity. Salsa for Smiles features live music from Yani Borrell and the Clave Kings, as well as DJ Suave. There will be salsa lessons and great door prizes. But the best part of all is that proceeds go towards Transforming Faces, a charity that helps fund cleft lip and palate treatments for children around the world. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
POLITICS: Whether we like to admit it or not, what happens south of the border affects our lives. Former U.S. ambassador and U of T chancellor Michael Wilson has played a key role in Canadian public life as a politician, diplomat, business leader, and active community volunteer. Join him for a discussion on the current U.S. presidential election and how the outcome could impact Canadians. Hart House, Great Hall (7 Hart House Circle), 7 p.m., FREE.
BOOKS: As former assistant editor of Exclaim!, the current online producer of AUX, and member of pop-rock band Junior Battles, you might say Sam Sutherland knows a bit about music. And to prove it, he’s gone and written a book: Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk. Join him tonight as he celebrates the launch in conversation with Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham. Appropriately, the night will wrap up with a secret late-night performance by a classic Canadian punk band. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., FREE.
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