Urban Planner: June 3, 2009
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Urban Planner: June 3, 2009

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Jan Gehl’s “Metropolis for People.” Courtesy of the City of Toronto.

LECTURE: Danish Urban Designer Jan Gehl presents his work and rounds out his lecture with a discussion of what makes good public design. The architect and (actual) urban planner has been at the forefront of pedestrian and pedal-friendly design in cities around the world for the past twenty years. This is the first of two lectures exchanging public space ideas with Danish designers, co-presented by the City of Toronto. Design Exchange, trading floor (234 Bay Street), 3–5 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Canadian Red Cross is bringing the International Committee of the Red Cross’s new stunning photo exhibit to Toronto for three days. “Our World—at War” features the work of award-winning photojournalists James Nachtway, Ron Haviv, Chris Morris, Franco Pagetti, and Antonin Kratochvil of New York’s VII Photo Agency. The touring exhibit was launched in support of the ICRC’s new “Our World. Your Move” campaign and will only be on view in Toronto until Friday (June 5) before moving on to the next city. Hilton Toronto, Governor General Room (145 Richmond Street West), 10 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: From the feel-good-music department comes Mr. Something Something’s new album, Shine Your Face. The band launches their new release with two shows back to back at Supermarket tonight. Be prepared to dance—movement is inevitable. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $10.
WORDS: Ottawa’s Rob McLennan launches two new collections of poetry, Gifts and A Compact of Words, with a reading at the Pivot Reading Series. Prince Edward Island’s Steven Mayoff contributes some of his latest fiction. Poet Marianne Apostolides will also be reading. The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: There are still a few things to laugh about on the Ossington strip, despite the latest gentrification controversy. The Ossington has a monthly stand-up comedy night scheduled the first Wednesday of each month. Greg Alsop takes the helm as host tonight, segueing between eight stand-up acts. Budding comics can sign up at 8 p.m. for a handful of additional open-mic spots scattered throughout the evening’s more professional performances. The Ossington (61 Ossington Street), 9 p.m., pay-what-you-can.