Urban Planner: August 31, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 31, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. 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].

Photo of Elise LeGrow from Whale Tooth by ryanophoto from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

MUSIC: Elvis Monday is a long-standing staple of the Toronto indie music scene at twenty-five years, featuring performances by Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, and Peaches. Current darlings Whale Tooth play tonight. Mad Highway, Frank Nevada, and People of Canada round out the lineup for this always worth-a-look showcase. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: Dandyhorse magazine, which celebrates bike culture in Toronto, is hosting an end-of-summer pants-optional pedal party to celebrate their third issue (and the fact that they’re one year old). There will be raffles for some neat prizes (a print of artist Elicser‘s original design for the mag’s current cover art, and a 1925 vintage Thistle child’s bike). DJ McNasty and Diana McNally of Girls Night Out will be spinning music and some of Marlena Zuber‘s art will be on sale. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $10 ($5 for subscribers, admission includes a raffle ticket for the Elicser piece).
MUSIC: Murder Folk Night is a recent addition to Toronto’s collection of quirky musical get-togethers, and they work extra hard to earn that “quirky” title. Usually the last Monday of every month, Murder Folk Night is founder Ryan Kamstra joined by an always-changing lineup of local musicians playing morbid folk tunes (sometimes loosely defined as folk, like the Bobby Fuller Four classic “I Fought The Law (And The Law Won)”, which is in their song book). You can expect to hear (and participate in, as everyone who comes has to contribute to the performance) songs about murdering cheating lovers, insanity, suicide, and other various immoral acts. There’ll be “old-timey” song sheets and “world famous lime juice limeade,” an apparent staple of any Kamstra event. Board of Directors Gallery (1082 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
WORDS: Let’s say you want to read, but just don’t have the “uumph” necessary to go to your local library to do so. Thankfully, the Toronto Public Library has exactly what you need—the Digital Bookmobile! Unfortunately you do actually have to get off your couch and visit this seventy-four-foot, eighteen-wheel, converted tractor-trailer as it’s parked in front of the TPL Richview Branch. The truck will play host to digital downloading demonstrations involving the TPL’s vast store of audiobooks, eBooks, music, and videos. The truck is outfitted with HD monitors, broadband internet–connected PCs, a formidable sound system, and portable media players. Although visiting the Bookmobile is pretty cool, you can also stay on your couch and, if you’re a library cardholder, you have access to digital titles through their website. Toronto Public Library, Richview Branch (1806 Islington Avenue), 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.