Urban Planner: May 26, 2009
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Photo of Billy Joel and Elton John by DeBee1015.
MUSIC: After the devastating cancellation of their show in 2003 (remember that SARS thing?), Billy Joel and Elton John will finally bring their Face 2 Face Tour to the Air Canada Centre tonight. The piano men, who last graced our city with their communal presence in 1995, will blow minds this evening with inevitable renditions of “Piano Man,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” and “Crocodile Rock.” Mr. Joel and Mr. John will be playing a second date this Saturday, in case you can’t make it out tonight. Air Canada Centre (200 Bay Street), 7:30 p.m., $70–$275.50.
BIKES: The City of Toronto is hosting an open house for the new Union Station bicycle station (which officially opens today!). More details on what it’s all about and how to acquire a membership at the 180-bicycle storage facility available here. Union Station (20 York Street), open all day with refreshments from 7–9 a.m., FREE.
WORDS: Tonight at the Drake Hotel, the Walrus Foundation is pleased to host the first of a new quarterly event series. The Walrus Underground’s inaugural edition will feature performances from Blue Rodeo‘s Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, readings from Walrus contributors Mark Kingwell and Nicholas Hume Brown, and a special on-stage discussion that will see U of T English professor extraordinaire Nick Mount appear in conversation with It’s A Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken author Seth. Limited edition Walrus merchandise will be for sale, as well as subscriptions available at discounted prices. Admission includes a copy of the magazine’s most recent issue. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.
ART: Starting today, Mississauga’s Harbour Gallery will curate the Canadian launch of an exhibit from (get this) Academy Award–winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, whose paintings and drawings will be on display at the gallery until June 10. We’re not sure whether it’s weirder that Anthony Hopkins is throwing an art launch or if it’s weirder that it’s in Mississauga. But to the knight’s credit, he ain’t bad. Harbour Gallery (1697 Lakeshore Road West in Mississauga), 10 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.