Urban Planner: August 20, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 20, 2009

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Artwork by Tyler Vipond from the “Fucking Animals” show at Whippersnapper. Image courtesy of Whippersnapper and Arthur Seko.

ART: Whippersnapper hosts the opening reception for “Fucking Animals,” a new group show on at the gallery until August 20. Why bestiality, one might ask? The way the artists tell it, they were sitting around wanting to make stuff, and this happened to be the thematic direction in which they collectively moved. Exhibiting artists include Katharine Hawrysh, Nina MacQueen, Dan Rocca, Arthur Seko, Christina Spina, and Tyler Vipond. The artists have invited local bands Young Flux and Dorien Shields to play some music, and DJ Joey Kehoe from the Parallels will spin tunes between sets. Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College Street), 7 p.m. reception, 9:30 p.m. party, FREE.
MUSIC: The Warped 45s—the band that may be on their way to cornering the cottage-rock genre—release their debut full-length CD, 10 Day Poem for Saskatchewan, tonight at the Horseshoe. Recent Juno Award winner John Critchley produced the album, which was recorded at his studio here in Toronto. Dakota regulars The Beauties stray from their usual venue to open for the Warped 45s, along with Romney Getty. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $8.
MUSIC: For those who prefer a challenge for their ears, the Music Gallery presents a night of experimental music from the Owle Bird and the Weather Station. By experimental we mean imagine that the wind blowing on the swing set at your grandparent’s farm suddenly plays in tune with the apples falling from a nearby tree onto an abandoned piano. And it sounds beautiful. Music Gallery (197 John Street), 8 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: Speaking of pianos, every Thursday through Saturday night until the end of September select students of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music will be playing at the Intercontinental Hotel’s Skylounge patio. There may be another reason to check it out: the hotel has added a new tapas menu to its food repertoire and refers to tonight as “Grill Thursday.” Toronto Inter-Continental Hotel (220 Bloor Street West), 5:30–8 p.m., FREE (food and cocktails not included).