Urban Planner: January 1, 2009
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Urban Planner: January 1, 2009

GREETINGS: Since the days of fur trading, it has been tradition on this continent to pay your respects to the Master of the Fort. In current parlance, that means citizens of Toronto—if they can get out of bed—can go to City Hall today for the Mayor’s Levee. Mayor David Miller and city councillors will be available to exchange greetings with the public. The City will also provide refreshments and unnamed local entertainment. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: The most important question we asked when we woke up this morning—after “why can’t I remember anything?”—was “where can I get a greasy breakfast?” All day today, right up until 5 p.m.,the Gladstone Hotel will be serving brunch, which includes special recipes to sooth your hangover. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., priced per order.
MUSIC: The Drake Hotel lounge will be open tonight, serving up a slice of ’70s soul from the disks of DJ General Electric. Not many bars will be open today (hotel bars are an exception), so this regular Thursday “Temptation” is extra special. Drake Hotel Lounge (1150 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., FREE.
FAMILY: As luck would have it, most of Toronto’s major attractions are open today. That includes the CN Tower (but not its restaurant), Casa Loma, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Toronto Zoo. Go out and play. Various Locations (see links for details), all day.
Photo by Toronto Ron from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.