Urban Planner: October 22, 2008
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Urban Planner: October 22, 2008

TRANSIT: While your SUV is in the shop, why don’t you participate in an open discussion on public transit in Toronto? Metrolinx (an agency of the Province of Ontario) has released the first draft of their 25-year plan for public transportation. It’s titled The Big Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and they want to hear what you think of it, so head down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (after having thoroughly read the 114-page draft regional transportation plan and registered in advance on-line). Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), 5–9 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: No Toronto neighbourhood will be spared at CBC Radio 1‘s Accent on Toronto 7. Sean Cullen, Martha Chaves, Carrie Gaetz, Perry Perlmutar, Ali Rizvi, and Gilson Lubin will make fun of everyone from Forest Hill housewives to Parkdale hipsters in a roast sure to deliver a range of jabs as diverse as Toronto itself. Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $15–$25.
FILM: An Inconvenient Truth getting tiresome? Revitalize your compassion for mother earth at the ninth installment of the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film and Video Festival. Featuring over eighty films, this year’s festival includes a focus on issues surrounding food, and an opening night showing of Blue Gold: World Water Wars, an award-winning documentary about the privatization of world water supplies (not to be confused with Water World). Various locations, October 22–26, $8–$15.
THEATRE: Pyaasa, a one-act play addressing issues related to the Hindu caste system, previews tonight at Theatre Passe Muraille. Written and performed by Anusree Roy, the play is part of the theatre’s Fall Festival of Four Plays series. Seating for Kshatriya and Brahmin only; untouchables may stand at the back. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), October 22–November 15, $15–$25.
MUSIC: What do Martha and the Muffins and Alexisonfire have in common apart from incredibly thought-provoking band names? They’ve both won CASBYs! The 2008 Canadian Artists Selected by You Awards take place tonight, presented by your angry teenaged neighbour’s favorite radio station, 102.1 The Edge. All joking aside, the line-up looks like it could be fun, but too bad you have to win the tickets through an annoying call-in contest. So sit back on your armchair in your favorite briefs, grab a bag of ketchup chips, and watch City and Colour, Tokyo Police Club, USS, Neverending White Lights, and Sloan on YouTube and MySpace instead (you get to choose your own setlist this way too! We’ve thought of everything here at Torontoist). The Kool Haus (132 Queen’s Quay East), 8 p.m., if you feel like trying to sneak in.
PROTEST: Details are scarce, but Greenpeace at the University of Toronto is recreating a boreal forest clear cutting on campus today to protest the logging practices of your mother’s favourite facial tissue company, Kimberly-Clark. Dress as a lumberjack (think red plaid), head down to the pre-protest $5 vegan lunch at Hot Yam, and get ready for what was described to us as “creative tactics and good times.” International Student Centre, University of Toronto (33 St George Street), 12:30 p.m., FREE
Photo by Kevin Steele from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.