Urban Planner: August 17, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 17, 2009

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Photo of 2008’s Thrill The World in Los Angeles, California, by xlordashx.

DANCE: Thrill The World has been something of a worldwide social phenomenon for three years now, and this year’s event, scheduled for October 24, holds a special significance after Michael Jackson’s passing. This is why Thrill the World Toronto is readying the troops with a “Thriller” practice session every Monday night in August at the University of Toronto’s Wycliffe College. This year, they’re officially registered with Thrill The World, and, like every year, they’re trying for the world record—why not help them get there in the year that will most likely be the biggest yet for synchronized zombie dancing? University of Toronto, Wycliffe College (5 Hoskin Avenue), 7:15–8 p.m., FREE.
CHARITY: The Ontario Association of Food Banks has taken a novel approach to collecting donations—they’ve taken their campaign to the farmers’ markets of Ontario. The Buy Local, Share Local program puts collection booths at certain farmers’ markets on certain days where you can shop locally and give back locally at the same time. On their tour of approximately twenty-five farmers’ markets, today they are settling in at the Sorauren Farmers’ Market, collecting for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Tomorrow they’ll be at the Riverdale Farmers’ Market, and the program runs till October, so you have tons of time to donate to a good cause. Sorauren Park, 3–7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Dwayne Morgan is one of those multi-hyphenate artists who you know got where he is today through a lot of hard work. He founded Up From The Roots Entertainment in 1994 to promote African-Canadian and urban-influenced artists. He’s performed with Russell Peters, K-OS, Kardinal Offishall, and many other Canadian and international artists, and tonight he’ll perform his spoken word at the Lula Lounge. While Morgan has dabbled in music, photography, theatre, and film, spoken word is his main creative outlet, with three books and several awards to his credit. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), 9 p.m., $15.
POLITICS: The beleaguered Green Party is looking forward tonight with a buffet reception (and promises of many schmoozing opportunities) followed by a talk. Four Strong Green Women will see party leader Elizabeth May, deputy leader Adriane Carr, writer Alanna Mitchell, and host Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu discuss the Green Party’s future plans. The talk will be followed by a book signing, and, naturally, the food on the menu will be locally sourced and will include organic items. Whistler’s Grille & The McNeil Room, (995 Broadview Avenue), 6:30–10 p.m., $75 at the door.