In today's Urban Planner: mayoral candidates meet, poetry communities come together, and PrideCab hits the stage.
- Politics: If the end of the provincial election has created a political void in your life, you might consider heading to the Metro Hall Rotunda tonight as March of Dimes Canada and Community Living Toronto host a Toronto Mayoral Candidates’ Meeting focusing on issues most relevant to people with disabilities. Confirmed candidates include Olivia Chow, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz, and John Tory. Space is limited, and only one member per family will be admitted to the event. Accessible seating is available. RSVP in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Metro Hall (55 John Street), 6 p.m., FREE with advance RSVP. Details
- Poetry: Whether spoken word, blank verse, ballads, haikus, or limericks are your thing, words(on)stages welcomes you to the second instalment of words(on)pages, its reading series at The Central. The event organizers aim to bring together people from all corners of the poetry community for an evening of readings and performances. The night will feature work from Julie Joosten, Aisha Sasha John, and Matt Miller. Have some words you wish to share? Open mic sign-up begins at 7 p.m. The Central (603 Markham Street), 7:30 p.m., PWYC. Details
- Music: Toronto-based Sarah Burton has toured North America with her unique sound, combining elements of folk, rock, country, swing, and blues. After playing a show with Royal Wood at the Almonte Town Hall, Burton was inspired to put down the guitar and create a piano-based album. The majority of that project, Make Your Own Bed, was recorded in Almonte, on the very piano that inspired its sound. Burton and friends celebrate the launch with a special performance at the Lula Lounge. Derek Downham (Arrows), the album’s producer, opens the evening. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $10–15. Details
- Performing Arts: Just a few days before Toronto hosts an estimated 1.2 million people for WorldPride, some of our city’s own most talented queer-identified youth take to the stage in PrideCab. Chy Ryan Spain directs seven members of the Buddies Queer Youth Arts Program in an evening of original, multidisciplinary work created by the ensemble. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $10, or FREE for ages 25 and under. Details
- Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
Art: “The greatest art always returns you to the vulnerabilities of the human situation.” – Francis Bacon
“In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.” – Henry Moore
These quotations, which welcome visitors to “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” immediately establish the exhibition’s tone and focus. Each artist’s distortions of the human figure, shaped by their wartime experiences, capture the vulnerability of our mortal forms. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $25 adults. Details
- Festivals: Returning for its 20th year, NXNE is celebrating the milestone by offering audiences another vast selection of events to sift through and enjoy over the course of nine days. While music may still be its focal point, the festival has developed over the years into a mirror image of SXSW—a multidisciplinary arts extravaganza that people look forward to all through the winter as if it were a light at the end of a dark and dreary tunnel. After enduring an especially long and brutal stretch of cold weather this year, it will feel especially rewarding to slap on a wristband and squeeze every ounce of pleasure out of the 2014 lineup. Multiple venues, all day, Various prices. Details
- Film: Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), all day. Details
- Theatre: If you haven’t heard of Twelve Angry Men, you’ve likely seen it parodied in a number of movies and television shows over the years. Now here’s your chance to see the real deal, on stage, thanks to the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in a claustrophobic deliberation room as one dissenting juror unravels what is supposed to be an open-and-shut murder case. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $29–$74. Details
- Theatre: First things first: the Tarragon Theatre mainspace is now licensed. That means that during its current production, The God That Comes, starring Hawksley Workman—which has set up the space like a dark, sultry 1930s cabaret with crystal chandeliers, long white tablecloths, and deep crimson curtains—you can sip a glass of red while one of Canada’s best rockers uses his beautiful voice to scream into your face. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $40. Details
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