Urban Planner: September 15, 2009
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Urban Planner: September 15, 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].

Winter Gloves will be playing at the Hard Rock Cafe this afternoon as part of TIFF’s Canadian Music Café. Photo by Evelyne Gagnon.

MUSIC: The Canadian Music Café is held in conjunction with TIFF every year to help get Canadian music noticed by the international media in Toronto for the festival. This year, fifteen Canadian artists and groups will take to the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe on Yonge Street in hopes of snagging that elusive film deal that will get their music on the big screen and hopefully into viewers’ iTunes after the show. Some of the performers are already known names, like Hawksley Workman and Amy Millian (both playing on Thursday), but most of them are more obscure or up-and-comers. Today, Stef Lang, Spiral Beach, Emma-Lee, Winter Gloves, and Jets Overhead will be playing. Hard Rock Cafe (279 Yonge Street), 1–5 p.m. daily until Thursday, FREE.
MEETING: You know that things are a bit off-balance when your entire neighbourhood is having an identity crisis. Fuzzy Boundaries is a burgeoning community group having this exact problem with their nameless neighbourhood. They are rallying the community to come up with a good name for this south of the Junction that stretches roughly from Davenport to the base of Perth Avenue and between the train tracks that run east of Dundas and west of Lansdowne. Tonight, Fuzzy Boundaries is holding their second discussion about the naming for community members and other interested Torontonians. CBC broadcaster Jane Farrow will be present to talk about the experience of the Active 18 group, which was involved in the naming of their West Queen West community. Chris Kwaczek of Fuzzy Boundaries will be there to discuss the neighbourhood demographics. St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church (110 Franklin Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS/MUSIC: Slam poetry and hip-hop have always been connected through their similar rhythm patterns and mutual use of powerful words. Tonight, Toronto Poetry Slam and Hip-Hop Karaoke Toronto will combine for the first time to create Slamaoke. Hip-Hop Karaoke isn’t the same sort of karaoke you’d find at your local pub; with Hip-Hop Karaoke you have a DJ backing you up, and more than five hundred “classic jams” to choose from. For Slamaoke, there will be two rounds of poetry slams and several rounds of hip-hop karaoke, with space for four poets to compete from the audience. Tonight’s featured poets are Tomy Bewick, Krystle Mullin, and Made Wade, with hosts Dave Silverberg and Abdominal keeping the party going. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: For the next week, Toronto will be inundated with critically acclaimed film and music, so why not add some Baroque opera to the mix of refinement? Tonight, Opera Atelier and Tafelmusik Orchestra will put on their 7th Annual Open House at the St. Lawrence Hall in celebration of their 2009–2010 season. Opera Atelier puts on lavish performances of opera, ballet, and drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. Tickets for a full performance range from $35–$135 a seat, and tonight’s performances are free (good deal!). St. Lawrence Hall (157 King Street East, 3rd Floor), 7–8 p.m.; doors at 6:30 p.m., FREE (call 416-703-3767 ext. 24 for more information).