Urban Planner: July 20, 2009
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Urban Planner: July 20, 2009

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Photo of the Beaches Jazz Festival by sniderscion from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

HISTORY: The Beach is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Toronto, and its distinct charm and small-town-in-a-big-city feel are the main reasons (besides the whole beach aspect) that make this area so popular. As an exploration of the unique people and experiences of this area, seasoned journalist Glen Cochrane wrote The Beach: An Illustrated History from the Lake to Kingston Rd. with his wife, Jean. Today, he and the Beaches Library present the life and history of the Beach neighbourhood. He’ll be sharing photos from the book and personal stories of the places he and his wife have lived in for four decades. Beaches Library, Program Room (2161 Queen Street East), 7–8 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Canadian music history is often overlooked when compared to the flashier, well-travelled histories of American music—but it’s certainly not for lack of things to write about. Editor for the roots music covered in Exclaim! Magazine and co-author of the Canadian music themed tome (Have Not Been The Same: The CanRock Renaissance), Jason Schneider has written Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots Of American Music… From Hank Snow To The Band as his contribution to the pool of Canadian music history. Tonight you can celebrate the launch of this new book at the Dakota Tavern. Share stories of your favourite Leonard Cohen lyric, or wax-nostalgic about The Band’s early days as the Hawks while toasting to an era in music that the current crop of Canuck bands never got to experience firsthand. Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 8–10 p.m., FREE.
FILM: At the beginning of this month, the Toronto Film Society kicked off their summer season with the theme of “Hitchcock and Friends.” Tonight is a double bill with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1973 film Young and Innocent, and Lawrence Huntington’s 1953 crime thriller The Franchise Affair. Both films are based on books by Josephine Tey, who wrote mystery novels in the ’40s and ’50s, and Huntington’s film is a rare find. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $15 at the door.
ANIMALS: For the next week Ontario Place will play host to the Purina Pro Plan Dog Show. Watch as dogs perform in obstacle courses involving jumping through hoops, running through tunnels, balancing on teeter-totters, and jumping over hurdles. The show will feature the specially trained McCann Dogs. Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), 10–6 p.m., $11.75–$17.75 (park admission).