Urban Planner: July 19, 2009
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Urban Planner: July 19, 2009

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East Metro Youths are ready to spin some vinyl. Photo by Nicholas Deny courtesy of East Metro Youth Services.

MUSIC: Monthly all-capabilities DJ night Everyone’s a DJ joins forces with youth-based gallery Whippersnapper to raise funds for the heroic East Metro Youth Services centre. EMYS is a community-based children’s mental health centre that works together with at-risk youth, their families, and health professionals to help the kids reach their full potential. Some of these kids will be showing off their hot track abilities at the all-ages benefit this afternoon. Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College Street), 2:30 p.m., by donation ($5 minimum).
WALKS: Toronto architectural conservateur and author Adam Sobolak takes a stab at interactive street history in the first of what will hopefully be a long series up the wazoo of Yonge Street. “Chicken Fat Perambulation #1” promises to be nothing like the established ambulations around town given by Heritage Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, or even Jane’s Walk. At least so promises Sobolak, whose proudest architectural treatise applied either a Britney or Christina label to all modern architectural movements. Meet at Richard Deacon’s Between the Eyes, a.k.a the giant egg beater (Yonge Street and Queens Quay), 4–6 p.m., pay-what-you-can ($5–10 suggested).
COMEDY: Rumour has it that the Comedy Bar may be a pretty good place to hang out during the Toronto Just For Laughs Festival. Tonight’s double-bill sketch shows aim to prove it. Etched in Sketch (8 p.m.) is teasing us with a house party, since the Comedy Bar parents have taken off to Chicago for a few weeks. The Sketchersons’s Sunday Night Live (9 p.m.) boasts the musical hosting talents of special guest Jerry Minor! Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 and 9 p.m., $8 for both.
FOOD: Twelve of Toronto’s best coffee baristas compete at the Central Regional Barista Championships for a chance to compete at the Canadian championships next fall, and potentially the world finals hosted in London, England in 2010. What does it take to be the best? Contenders serve four each of espressos, cappuccinos, and specialty drinks to a panel of judges within the space of fifteen minutes, and hope for the best. Cappuccinos will be available to the cheering public in exchange for a donation to Coffee Kids charity. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 9 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Toronto’s Young Centre is making up for Gordon Lightfoot’s omission from the Luminato “top ten Canadian guitar tunes” with the first concert of their summer Sunday series. “O Canada” is a tribute double-bill to two Canadian music masters beginning with the great Gordon Lightfoot (2 p.m.). The second tribute comes care of organizer Suba Sankaran who pairs up with her well-known percussionist father Trichy Sankaran (4 and 8 p.m.). The list of contributors includes Andrew Craig, Kurt Swinghammer, Miranda Mulholland, and the Skydiggers’ Andy Maize. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, Building 49), 2, 4 , and 8 p.m., $20 per show or $30 for both.
FESTIVALS: The Festival of India continues at its strike-forced relocation in Captain John’s parking lot. Today’s events are all about yoga, so expect lots of workshops and rubber-mat invitationals. Festivities from yesterday continue as well, including the large complimentary Hare Krishna vegetarian meal. Parking lot across from the Ferry Docks (25 Queens Quay East), 12–5 p.m., FREE.