Urban Planner: August 21, 2008
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Urban Planner: August 21, 2008

FESTIVAL: The Scotiabank BuskerFest is back for its ninth year. This year’s line-up includes over forty of the world’s best buskers from Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. BuskerFest is free with an optional donation to Epilepsy Toronto; since its inception, BuskerFest has raised over half of a million dollars for the organization. Come out to enjoy the circus performers, magic shows, and artistic spectacles, and leave knowing it’s all for a good cause. St. Lawrence Market (92 Front Street East), 10 a.m.–8 p.m., FREE.
ART: The opening reception for photographer Jamie Campbell‘s Untitled goes down tonight. Fresh off of delighting us with mascot heads, Campbell’s latest, he says, “deals with introverted characters attempting to alleviate their individual dilemmas in a variety of last ditch efforts” and is “a visual interpretation of unsuccessful attempts at momentary reprieve.” Disheartening! The exhibition is only open tonight; e-mail Campbell to make an appointment to view it after. Walnut Gallery (966 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Ballet in the Park has returned for another season, presented by Ballet Jörgen Canada. This summer’s productions are Romeo & Juliet and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Both productions are performed outdoors, and both are free to the public. Tonight, check out the premiere of Romeo & Juliet. Etienne Brulé Park (The Kingsway & Old Mill Road), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: The Dancap production of Jersey Boys opens tonight at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The musical is a documentary-style tribute to 1960s rock ‘n roll sensations Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The musical won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, even though any Torontonian would agree the prize should have gone to The Drowsy Chaperone. Most of the score features hit songs by The Four Seasons, though, so it’s probably still a lot of fun. Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $55–$125.
MUSIC: Electronic group The Faint are in Toronto tonight to promote their new album, Fasciinatiion. They’re joined by indie rock group Jaguar Love and experimental electro band Genghis Tron. Should be a good show, but it’s Toronto, so inevitably everyone that went will tell you that it sucked. The Opera House (735 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $20.50.
Photo by uwajedi from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.