Urban Planner: October 20, 2008
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Urban Planner: October 20, 2008

FASHION: L’Oreal Fashion Week officially launches today at Nathan Phillips Square. Canadian designers will be strutting their stuff all week long as they launch their 2009 spring collections. The Bay’s new CEO Bonnie Brooks, accompanied by Fashion Design Council of Canada president Robin Kay, will be on hand this afternoon to cut the ribbon on the fabulous tented studio. Stay tuned for Torontoist’s full Fashion Week preview. Nathan Phillips Square, 2:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Krista Muir and Luther Wright & the Wrongs will be stopping in at Rancho Relaxo tonight for an exceptional Monday night show. The Schomberg Fair has been invited to open the evening’s musical fare. Organizers promise to wrap up the night early so that everyone can get a jump on the sweet dreams the show may inspire. Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street), 9:30 p.m., $8.
BENEFIT: Performers for Life are holding their 7th Annual Spotlight! Benefit featuring Thom Allison, Janna Polzin, and Paula Wolfson, among others. All proceeds go to Fife House, an organization providing safe and affordable housing for people living with AIDS. Tickets will get you two free drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and a silent auction, plus a chance to win a nice door prize. Canon Theatre Lobby (244 Victoria Street), 6 p.m., $50.
LITERATURE: Canadian history writer Christopher Moore reads from Maggie Siggins’s new book Marie-Anne: The Extraordinary Life of Louis Riel’s Grandmother. Siggins discovered the incredible story of Riel’s progenitor while doing the research for her recent book Riel: A Life of Revolution. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: The Impatient Theatre hosts three back to back improv shows tonight, starting with The Incubator at 8 p.m. ($5), a showcase of newer improv talent. Big In Japan follows at 9 p.m. with their performance of OMFG ($5), using a unique approach to longform improvisation. The night finishes with a free performance of improvised true stories by the cast of Munchausen at 10 p.m. Savannah Room (294 College Street), 8 p.m.
Photo by Henry Roxas from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.