Urban Planner: January 31, 2009
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Urban Planner: January 31, 2009

Photo courtesy of the Soft City Collective.

WORKSHOPS: Of the many exciting WinterCity events happening today, this one stood out in particular. The Soft City, a Toronto collective who have created a miniature model of Toronto made from felt, fabric, and stuffing, will be displaying their architectural masterpiece in the Toronto City Hall first floor rotunda for the next two weekends. Kids are welcome to come out to one of their afternoon workshops to make creations they can either take home or contribute to the ever-expanding Soft City. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West, in the rotunda), 2–7 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: Vegan shoe store Left Feet is holding its second annual vegan chili cook-off. Returning champions Magic Oven will take on other local vegan restauranteurs to earn the title of Toronto’s best vegan chili. All proceeds from the $5 admission fee will go towards Out of the Cold, an organization for homeless community outreach. Left Feet (88 Nassau Street), 2 p.m., $5.
DRINK: If vegan cuisine isn’t really your thing, perhaps the Victory Cask Ale Festival will tempt you out of the house. The afternoon festival will feature winter ales, local traditional cask ales, and special deals on conditioned ales from Ontario microbreweries. $8 gets you a souvenir glass and a beer ticket, or for $12, you’ll get two half-pint beer tickets, a food ticket, and a souvenir glass. Additional beer tickets will, obviously, be available.Victory Cafe (581 Markham Street), 12–7 p.m., $8–$12.
MUSIC: Tonight, head down to the Harbourfront Centre, where a live performance by Cuff the Duke will be broadcast to skaters on Harboufront’s Natrel Rink. The concert itself, which is free for all ages, will be held in the ostensibly warmer indoor Lakeside Terrace (235 Queens Quay West, 9–11 p.m., FREE). As well, tonight is the EP release show for Toronto indie outfit Boys Who Say No, over at the Whippersnapper Gallery. Also performing will be Woolly Leaves, Provincial Parks, and the People of Canada. It’s $7 at the door, but $15 will get you admission and a copy of the new EP (587A College Street, 8 p.m., $7).
FILM: Canada’s Top Ten, a film series presented by Cinematheque celebrating the past year in Canadian film, is hosting a few cool events today. At 4 p.m., there wlil be a panel discussion on “The Female Gaze,” featuring female filmmakers who will share their experiences of working in a male-dominated industry. At 7 p.m., there will be a screening of Philippe Falardeau‘s 2008 film, C’est pas moi, je le jure!. Finally, at 9:15 p.m., the first five of the short films selected as Canada’s Top Ten will be shown. 317 Dundas Street West, inside the AGO), 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:15 p.m., $8 per show.