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Urban Planner: June 24, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: the Dora Awards, an avant-garde film salon, and a music showcase at The Piston.

Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus will host the 2013 Dora Awards. Detail of a photo by David Leyes.

  • Film: While most festivals are geared towards some specific audience—like the Inside Out Festival or the Jewish Film Festival, for instance—where ReelHeart International Film Festival separates itself from the pack is by welcoming all submissions, as long as they have what the organizers deem to be “real heart.” Big Picture Cinemas (1035 Gerrard Street East), 12 a.m., Tickets $12. Details
  • Performing Arts: The 34th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, honouring the best of the past year’s theatre productions in Toronto, are hosted this year by The National Theatre of the World’s Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus (who we’ve previously called the city’s best hosts.) If you aren’t so lucky as to be attending as a nominee (or their plus one), and balk at the $125 VIP ticket, there’s a new ticket geared towards working theatre artist wages: a $25 ticket gets you into the “overflow” theatre where the awards will be simulcast screened. It also gets you into the post-awards late night street party on Front Street. St. Lawrence Centre For the Arts (27 Front Street East), 7 p.m., $25–$125. Details
  • Film: This month’s edition of the avant-garde film salon Early Monthly Segments focuses on the work of German programmers and filmmakers Wilhelm and Birgit Hein, and the collaboration between American artists Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. (The two shorts’ combined run is exactly one hour, but there’ll be discussion about the films post-screening.) Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $5—$10 suggested donation. Details
  • Music: At One After Another, in the back room of The Piston, Gavin Slate and friends will take turns at the mic while Junkshop DJs spin in the front. Besides Slate, the bill includes Robyn Dell’unto, Todd Clark, Jessica Mitchell, and more, plus video projections from Gavin Michael Booth. (And also, drink specials.) The Piston (937 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $5. Details

Ongoing…

  • Theatre: One of the Fringe Festival’s greatest successes, and definitely Soulpepper’s biggest post-millennial hit, Ins Choi’s corner store comedy Kim’s Convenience returns for another extended run into the the summer season. Most of the principal cast, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as larger-than-life patriarch Appa, are back. Here’s our review of the first Soulpepper remount. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 7:30 p.m., $5–$68. Details
  • Music: The 2013 Toronto Jazz Festival descends on the city this Friday with a huge “free for all” event. That means all of Friday’s programming at every Jazz Festival venue is, yes, completely free of charge. There will be concerts from local favourites Molly Johnson and Mary Margaret O’Hara, plus a show by Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves, who will be launching the fest from its epicentre, Nathan Phillips Square.

    Here’s a rundown of some of the shows worth checking out on Friday—and during the rest of the festival, when you’ll actually have to pay. Multiple venues, 12 a.m., Prices vary. Details

  • History: The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.

    Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), 12 a.m., $27 (Includes general admission). Details

  • History: Looking to brush up your cultural and history knowledge on all things Toronto? Heritage Toronto 2013 Tours offers you an enormous chance to learn tons and tons about the city you love via walking tours, bike tours, and more. Some of the events on the agenda of this weekly series include tours of Fort York, Korea Town, Don Valley, and Black Creek. It’s running all summer long so don’t miss out! Multiple venues, 12 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Film: While most festivals are geared towards some specific audience—like the Inside Out Festival or the Jewish Film Festival, for instance—where ReelHeart International Film Festival separates itself from the pack is by welcoming all submissions, as long as they have what the organizers deem to be “real heart.” Big Picture Cinemas (1035 Gerrard Street East), 12 a.m., Tickets $12. Details

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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 us with all the details (including images, if you’ve got any), ideally at least a week in advance.

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