Urban Planner: August 9, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 9, 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].

Photo by Whitney Kemble, courtesy of Poor Pilgrim.

MUSIC: Bruce Peninsula’s Matt Cully created Poor Pilgrim a few years ago as a weekly independent music series. The former showcase has since evolved into an annual Summer Solstice day trek following site-specific music events scattered around the Toronto Island. The strike waylaid those plans a bit this year, but better late than never. Cully advises bringing your own flashlights, food, and drinks, and getting to the Ferry Dock early to allow for the weekend crowds. Toronto Island Ferry Dock, Hanlan’s Point Ferry (9 Queens Quay West), 3:45 p.m., FREE (plus $6.50 for the ferry).
ANIMALS: The Toronto Zoo hosts their Conservation Awareness Weekend, an event involving orangutans, sharks, elephants, and potentially you. Zoo visitors can meet the orangutan keeper at 1 p.m., and view paintings made by the keeper’s simian charges (awesome!). At the zoo auditorium, three free screenings of Rob Stewart’s stunning film Sharkwater are showing every two hours starting at 11:30 a.m. Today only, for the price of a loonie that goes directly toward elephant conservation, visitors can get a special behind-the-scenes look at the zoo’s elephant habitat. No elephant paintings, though. Toronto Zoo (361A Old Finch Avenue), 11 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE with price of admission ($21).
MUSIC: Wavelength 475’s midnight-scheduled Actual Water includes a mishmash of Creeping Nobodies and Brides members who sound a little like they’re playing under water. Edmonton’s The Famines add some garage music flavour to the bill, and Toronto’s The Boars (members of I Can Put My Arm Back on You Can’t) put their hands together for a taste of “post-Kraut metal.” Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 10 p.m., pay-what-you-can ($5–10 suggested).
ART: The Power Plant’s curatorial interns take a stab at hosting Sunday Scene this afternoon. Stacy Ernst (who’s completing her Master’s at York University) and Katherine Pill (currently completing a double master’s at the Art Institute of Chicago) offer their own insight into the gallery’s current exhibit “Universal Code.” Thanks to the Hal Jackman Foundation and NOW Magazine, gallery admission is free all summer. The Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West), 2–3 p.m., FREE.