Today: an art exhibition explores environmental issues, Bob Wiseman releases his new record, and a book launch talks about the invention of Toronto.
ART: Tonight, explore a large exhibition of artwork that deals with various environmental issues, including water conservation, urban farming, and forestry. Eco Art 2013 features the work of over 20 artists, working in a variety of mediums. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), opening reception 7 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Bob Wiseman is celebrating the release of his latest record, Giulietta Masina at the Oscars Crying, over at the Tranzac. Besides a set from the man himself, the night will feature performances by a whirlwind of guests including (deep breath) Mary Margaret O’Hara, Aidan Closs, Drew Smith, Steve Caston, Dwayne Gretzky, Ronley Tepler, Magali Meagher, Jim Guthrie, Mamabolo, Garrett Jamieson, John Southworth, Anne Bourne, and Mark Hundevad. You can listen to the full record on Wiseman’s website. TRANZAC (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., PWYC.
BOOKS: It’s always great seeing Toronto on the front cover of a book, and it’s even better to discuss the state of our city and how it has developed over the years. You’ll have a chance to do both of those things at the launch of Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto, a book that explores Toronto’s ascent as a global city. The event will feature the book’s author, The Grid senior editor Edward Keenan. Former mayor David Crombie will be there, and so will some other special guests. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 8:30 p.m., FREE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.