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 Toronto Reference Library Atrium by Andrew Louis.
IDEAS: TEDxTO, the highly anticipated—by us at least—independent Toronto version of TED, happens in a sold-out session at Theatre Passe Muraille today. Luckily, Torontoist is co-hosting a live webcast of the event with the Toronto Public Library. Join us on the main floor of the Reference Library all afternoon to witness a meeting of minds among architects, authors, journalists, performers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries who pose and discuss the question of “What’s Next?” Toronto Reference Library, main floor stage (789 Yonge Street), 1–7 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: Earlier this week we previewed “Thirty in Twenty,” a time-travelling food-photography exhibit that should have had all of our readers drooling about French Cooking, romance, and camping in a VW van. The Department Gallery Mainspace takes the exhibit to the next level with a three-part food-and-wine-tasting series from favourite Toronto chefs. Tonight Bertrand Alépée and Jason Inniss (of Amuse-Bouche) re-create menu items from L’Oasis of La Napoule. Department Gallery Mainspace (1389 Dundas Street West); 7–10 p.m.;The exhibit itself is FREE, tasting is $63 for one event or $157.50 for all three, in advance only.
ART: Red Bull 381 Projects hosts the opening reception of “Tower Block” (on until October 10), Cedric Bomford’s completed installation work in the Red Bull Gallery. Bomford, an internationally known artist, has spent all of August using leftover construction materials to fill in empty or abandoned spaces in the gallery’s building. The exhibit is accompanied by two printed publications—an artist edition for Red Bull 381 Projects, and a free version available at the gallery. Red Bull 381 Projects (381 Queen Street West, suite 200), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
ART: Hunter and Cook launches issue four—not at their affiliated gallery, but at Wrongbar. The launch includes performances from Constantines members Dallas Werhle and Wil Kidman’s Neil Young cover-band Horsey Craze, plus Josh Reichmann, Wet Dirt, DJ LP, and DJ Mikey Apples. Cover price for the launch party gets you a free copy of the brand-spanking issue. Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), 9 p.m.–4 a.m., $10.
MUSIC: Andy Rourke, best known as The Smiths’ bass player, performs a DJ set in the Drake Lounge as part of the venue’s TIFF launch. The special appearance from Rourke (now a Manchester DJ) serves as an after-party for the 8 p.m. ArtStars presentation of TIFF’s “Future Projections” artist video program launch. The session also serves as the after-party for MOCCA’s new “ARENA: Road Game” hockey art exhibit opening just down the street (former Leaf Darryl Sittler will be there). The Drake serves until 4 a.m. during the run of the festival. Drake Hotel Lounge (1150 Queens Street West), 10 p.m., $5.
PHOTOGRAPHY: If you’re walking around Broadview and Gerrard today, don’t be surprised if someone asks to take your picture. Former Torontoist photographer John Beebe and his associate Michelle Gibson will be shooting and printing large-scale intimate portraits of passers-by as part of an ongoing series of same-day installations called “Being Toronto.” Gerrard Street and Broadview Avenue, 1–7 p.m., FREE.