Urban Planner: August 25, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 25, 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].

20090825urbanplanner.jpg Still from Waterlife, courtesy of the National Film Board.

FILM: Waterlife is an award-winning documentary that follows the troubled waters of the Great Lakes from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean through various perspectives—those of humans, wildlife, and even water molecules. The film, a stirring call to arms that explores issues surrounding the Great Lakes and our environment, health, leisure, politics, and commerce, features earnest narration by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie and an emotive soundtrack by the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Rós, Sam Roberts, Robbie Robertson, and Brian Eno. The film, which was the Canadian Feature winner at this year’s Hot Docs Festival, is being screened tonight and the following two evenings, with Director Kevin McMahon in attendance for a Q&A session on Thursday night. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 7 p.m., $6 ($4 for students, seniors, and NFB members).
PARTY: Our friends over at Spacing are hosting a shindig in celebration of their fall issue, which pays homage to the ‘burbs. From Mississauga to Markham, the new issue—hot off the press today—explores the challenges and opportunities that exist in the outskirts of our city. Tonight’s party will provide a chance for the magazine’s editors, writers, readers, and subscribers to chat and mingle, while enjoying great music, games, and door prizes. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West); 7:30 p.m.; $5 for subscribers, $10 for non-subscribers (includes a magazine).
WORDS: Spawned from the Pecha Kucha Nights, Ignite is a “geek culture” event hosted by cities around the world. Ignite features speakers making five-minute presentations on eclectic topics using twenty slides that auto-forward every fifteen seconds. Toronto’s premier event, organized by Peter Horvath of MAKE magazine and Michele Perras of OCAD’s Mobile Experience Innovation Centre, will begin with a cupcake decorating contest judged by a panel of cupcake experts, followed by presentations from a dozen Ignite speakers. To get a better idea of what to expect, check out some videos from previous shows. Unfortunately, tickets for tonight’s event have all been spoken for (unless you find a clever way to gain admittance), but keep Ignite Toronto on your radar for future events. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., EVENT BOOKED.
PARTY: The Showcho, a monthly variety series showcasing local talent, is celebrating its first anniversary. It has been a year chock-full of music, comedy, spoken word, carnival acts, juggling, puppeteers, indoor badminton, and rapping reindeer. This evening’s celebration will include lively performances by Kathleen Phillips, Deadpan Powerpoint, The Dress Whites, Anderson Council, and Morro. Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street), 9 p.m., PWYC.