Urban Planner: May 23, 2009
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Urban Planner: May 23, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s daily guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every morning. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

Photo of the CBC’s atrium by Michael Chrisman.

FUN: As part of this weekend’s Doors Open Festival (which we previewed on Thursday), CBC has decided to go the extra mile. They’ll be giving public tours of the building today, with behind-the-scenes access to their television and radio studios, and a chance for the public to meet some of their favourite celebrities. Plus, CBC personalities like George Stromboulopoulos, Being Erica‘s Erin Karpluk, Little Mosque on the Prairie‘s Carlo Rota, and the investors from Dragon’s Den (to name a few) will be appearing from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the CBC Building’s pictured Barbara Frum Atrium. For a more comprehensive schedule of tour listings and where you can head to meet your favourite news anchor, check out the community section of the CBC website. Canadian Broadcasting Centre (250 Front Street West), 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVALS: The 2009 Over The Top Festival (also previously previewed) continues today at various locations around the city. Notable events include Five Blank Pages’ final show at the Mod Club (722 College Street, 7 p.m., $12), the world premiere of PVC-1 at the NFB (150 John Street, 7 p.m., $10), and the Tiny Masters show at the Whippersnapper Gallery (589A College Street, 7 p.m., $12).
WORDS: This Is Not A Reading Series For Tots is back today for another adorable event at the Gladstone Hotel. Co-presented by Torontoist’s fave family-fun planners Bunch, along with Little Paper, today’s programme will feature presentations from children’s authors Rebecca Upjohn, Martha Stewart Konrad, and Tomi Ungerer. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 9:30 a.m., PWYC (free for tots).
BENEFIT: Last November, cyclist Chris Kasztelewicz lost one of his legs during a road rage incident here in Toronto. Tonight at the Toronto Free Gallery, there will be a cycling-themed fundraiser in his honour. Goldsprint will host a $5 stationary-biking competition, there will be raffle prizes from some of the event’s thirteen sponsors, and DJs Gabor Podor and Triple X will spin all night long. Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC ($10 suggested).