Urban Planner: January 25, 2009
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Urban Planner: January 25, 2009

PLAY: Nothing says “winter fun” like the rush of toboggans against the night-time backdrop of the city skyline. Neige Blanche (see the Facebook event here) is an open-invitational toboggan affair, underway this evening in Riverdale Park. Bring your own sled (or other method of snow transportation), a thermos of hot chocolaty goodness, and—if so inclined—portable music. Riverdale Park, 9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Michele Landsberg has a reputation for stirring up shit. She is also an officer of the Order of Canada, has won the Governor-General’s award, is a best-selling author, has been a long-time columnist for The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, and is an endless activist for social justice around the issues of feminism and the rights of women (and occasionally men). She’ll be sitting down for a conversation with Ralph Benmergui as part of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company’s Conversations on the Green series to discuss how Jewish culture has influenced her work. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallet Theatre (27 Front Street East), 7:30 p.m., $15.
FOOD: World famous Cupcake Camp needs people to eat cupcakes. Seriously! The cupcake conference was thrilled to receive more than a hundred baker registrations for Toronto’s premiere, and now it’s time to share. Love cupcakes? Who doesn’t? Here’s a chance to eat them, talk about them, get ideas about them, and make plans to bake some for the next session. Labspace Studio (2A Pape Avenue), 2–5 p.m., $5.
ART: The Gardiner Museum has a new exhibit by Quebec ceramic artist Léopold L. Foulem, a sculptor who subverts everyday objects with abstract ideas (on until May 3). Curator Robin Metcalfe and Foulem sit down in conversation and explore the themes of his “Récupération” exhibit this afternoon. In the meantime, the David Kaye Gallery has a concurrent exhibit on of Foulem’s work, entitled “Bouquets: recent sculpture” (on until February 22). Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park), 4 p.m., $8.
FUNDRAISER: The East Toronto Community Coalition is giving the public a taste of what they might lose should the big box stores succeed in wiping out local merchants (an issue we’ve touched on previously). A food-tasting fundraiser is underway today in support of the legal team that represented the community at the recent Ontario Municipal Board hearing. Cheese, sushi, and wine are all on the table, plus raffles and live music. Ralph Thornton Centre (765 Queen Street East), 3–7:30 p.m., $20 (kids under 12 are free).