Urban Planner: July 30, 2009
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Urban Planner: July 30, 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].

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Crossing the Grand Trunk rail tracks at the intersection of Queen Street, King Street, Roncesvalles Avenue, and Lakeshore Road, 1908. Photo from the City of Toronto Archives, William James Series, Fonds 1244, Item 245, courtesy of UBC Press.


WORDS: Urban Planning lecturer Carolyn Whitzman has written about the hundred and twenty-five years of poor planning in her former neighbourhood of Parkdale. Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood, 1875–2002 tells a story of development and city planning gone wrong, and underlines the need to recognize an area’s demographics as standard practice in urban development. The book launches tonight in Roncesvalles Village with a reading from the author and an introduction by poverty activist Michael Shapcott. Another Story Bookshop (315 Roncesvalles Avenue), 5–7 p.m., FREE.
SIDESHOWS: What do a tattooed zombie, a belly-dancing fire-swallower, and a Toronto mentalist have in common? They’ll all be performing at Clinton’s Tavern tonight for the Tattooed Carnival. Zombie Boy, Shetan Noir, and Mysterion the Mind Reader will be joined by a troupe of comedy and burlesque performers for a full-on bar circus. Big Rude Jake’s Blue Mercury Coupe adds the live rock ‘n’ roll flavour. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $15.
MUSIC: Bob Wiseman celebrates the re-release of his first solo album In Her Dream: Bob Wiseman Sings Wrench Tuttle, making it nearly twenty years since he parted ways with Blue Rodeo. There will be some incredible guests performing tracks from the album for the party, including Mary Margaret O’Hara, Kyp Harness, The Great Lake Swimmers, UIC, Final Fantasy, The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, and so many more. The Blocks Recording Club vinyl-edition reissue will be available at the show, and includes the track “Rock and Tree”—a song about the disputed murder of Chile’s President Allende which was cut by Warner Music Canada from the original release due to its perceived libellous nature. Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., FREE.
DESIGN: Fans of modern chic and curvy plastic will get a treat at the Umbra Concept Store’s new product launch this evening. Not only will those who attend be able to meet the designers of the over sixty new products, but the first twenty people through the door will also get a twenty-dollar gift card to spend at the launch. The store will also be serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and giving away chances to win free Umbra stuff. Umbra Concept Store (165 John Street), 6–8 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: The Craft Beer Festival and Summer BBQ returns to the Hart House courtyard tonight (rain or shine), and anyone who likes beer, pork, and live music won’t want to miss it. Members of the Ontario Craft Brewers offer their wares for sampling and tasting sessions, all accompanied by barbecued oinkers served up by Niagara Food Specialties. Music this year comes care of DJ Jason Palma, headlining reggae duo Bonjay, and DJ Grahm Zilla of Thunderheist. Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 7–12 p.m., $35.

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