In today's Urban Planner: support public art with Beautiful City, celebrate Human Rights Day at the Write For Rights concert, new writing at Amazing New Stuff, and emerging filmmakers at Personal Visions.
MEETING: Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the City of Toronto’s billboard tax, exhausting the outdoor advertising industry’s efforts to quash it by legal means. Now that the money’s about to begin flowing, the Beautiful City campaign is gearing up again to ensure the tax they fought so hard for will be used as intended, for arts funding. Starting at 9 a.m. today, city council’s budget committee is meeting. Beautiful City is encouraging Torontonians to attend and support those calling for the City to pay up. City Hall Committee Room 1 (100 Queen Street West), 9 a.m. to “late,” FREE.
RALLY: Today is International Human Rights Day. Here in Toronto, Amnesty International has joined forces with TenFour Communications to present a Write For Rights event. Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Alex Neve, will speak briefly about the letter writing campaign, and there will be musical performances by Snowblink, Jeremy Fisher, Todd Clark of Pilot Speed, and others. The Extension Room (30 Eastern Avenue), 6 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
READING: Writers will read from their work at this month’s “holiday” edition of Amazing New Stuff. Three names are on the bill: playwright and novelist Anton Piatigorsky, poet Mathew Henderson, and songwriter Raven Shields. The Common (1071 College Street), 7:30 p.m., PWYC.
FILM: Suburban Beast’s night of short-film programming, Personal Visions, was supposed to happen at Videofag in Kensington Market, but the response on social media has been so enthusiastic, the event’s been moved to the swanky new Daniel’s Spectrum in Regent Park. Among the films being presented are Tess Girard’s Old Growth (recently named to Canada’s Top Ten Shorts list by TIFF), and Trevor Anderson’s The Man That Got Away, featuring original music by Bryce Kulak, as well as remixes from Cadence Weapon, Chad VanGaalen, and Shout Out Out Out Out. Daniel’s Spectrum, Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas Street East), 8 p.m., $10.
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