Urban Planner: March 11, 2009
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Urban Planner: March 11, 2009

Photo of Sloan’s Patrick Pentland by David Topping.

MUSIC: East-coast indie powerhouse Sloan headline the Mod Club‘s Canadian Music Week kick-off with Zeus and Will Currie and the Country French joining as the opening acts. For the second show tomorrow night Hexes and Ohs replace Zeus on the bill, making it arguably the show to see at Canadian Music Week this year. A limited number of wristband wearers will be admitted, so if you’ve gone for the four-day pass, get there early. Mod Club Theatre (720 College Street), 8 p.m., $25.
MUSIC: Other clubs jumping on the bandwagon for this year’s CMW inaugural night are the Annex Wreck Room, Rancho Relaxo, Clinton’s Tavern, and The Horseshoe. Eye Magazine and the MuseBox kick off their own three-night Canadian Music Week showcase at the Gladstone featuring The Job, Everything All the Time, Foxfire, Lioness, and Mansion for night one. Check the easy-to-follow master schedule for further details, but note that Joshua Radin’s performance at the El Mocambo is SOLD OUT. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $10. ($50 for four-day wristband).
WORDS: Young and old grace the stage for a pair of literary events happening at Humber College’s Assembly Hall. At noon, Joseph Kertes—Humber’s Dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts and winner of the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour—reads from his novel Boardwalk as part of the ongoing Humber Reading Series (12 p.m.). Later in the day, Diaspora Dialogues presents “Young Writers from the Etobicoke Edge,” part of a new creative writing program for high school students which pairs up young writers with their more experienced counterparts. Tonight local students read recent works alongside their mentors Marjorie Chan, Anthony De Sa, Rosina Kazi, Kerri Sakamoto, and Christopher Stidham. The Assembly Hall (1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive), 6–8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: A slew of talented Toronto musicians—including Dave Clarke on drums and Julie Penner on violin—join Charles Spearin for the first of two live performances of his acclaimed Happiness Project (see our recent review of the record release). Spearin’s lush reinterpretations of the neighbourhood sounds he recorded will be fascinating to hear fully orchestrated. The show begins tonight with an opening performance from keyboardist Laura Barrett. The band Muskox performs opening duties tomorrow. The Music Gallery (197 John Street), 8 p.m., $20.
FILM: Cindy Sherman‘s photography launched her into the New York City art scene as a celebrity at a time when her boyfriend, cable talk show host Paul H-O, was fading into obscurity. This month’s Doc Soup offering Guest of Cindy Sherman hilariously documents their failed relationship—doomed by her celebrity stature and his inability to cope with being her “plus one.” The film, co-directed by H-O and filmmaker Tom Donahue, gives the audience a rare insider’s look at the New York art world and the nature of fame and relationships. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., $12.