Urban Planner: September 24, 2009
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Urban Planner: September 24, 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].

Detail of the 1869 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin. Photo by Martin Lipman, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts.

MUSIC: Since 1985, the Canada Council for the Arts has been amassing (on a small scale) more than twenty-six million US dollars worth of antique instruments for the benefit of Canadian musicians. This week the Canada Council hosts the Musical Instrument Bank’s largest national competition ever to decide who will take home one of thirteen pieces—plus a cello bow—fabricated between 1689 and 1902. This week the competing Canadian musicians have played before a jury of three experts, and the winners, who will be announced today, will take home the instrument of their choice on loan for a period of three years. The fourteen winning musicians play a showcase performance tonight at the Glenn Gould studio (RSVP here for tickets), to be aired on Bill Richardson’s In Concert next Sunday (October 4). Glenn Gould Studio (Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West), 10 a.m. (winners announced), 8 p.m. (performance), FREE.
COMEDY: We mentioned the Toronto Improv Festival, ongoing until September 27, earlier this week, but if it’s stand-up comedy you want, you could try Ian Lynch’s one-year anniversary show of “Filthy at Fire.” Lynch has been noted for his vulgarity, which should give a hint about his flavour of humour. The line-up for the anniversary show includes Ian Lynch, Shelley Marshall, Jared Sales, Bobby Mair, Zabrina Chevannes, Deborah Primeau, Laura Cilevitz, Julia Hladkowicz, Allyson Smith, Will O’Neill, Allison E Dore, and Rhiannon Archer. Fire on the East Side (6 Gloucester Street), 8 p.m., $5.
MEDIA: Fellow news blog Digital Journal gave us a heads up about a panel discussion they’re hosting tonight on the “Future of Media.” While their promo video is a little dry, they do have an interesting group of journalists on the panel: the CBC’s Rachel Nixon, CTV’s Richard McIlveen, Rogers Communications’ Keith McArthur, BlogTO’s Tim Shore, and Digital Journal’s Chris Hogg and David Silverberg all discuss the future of journalism and the survival of the news economy. The cool raffle prizes they’re giving away—laptops, cameras, hard drives, and GPS gadgets—really inspire the most excitement. Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.
ART: The Toronto Public Space Committee hosts a strategy session tonight to brainstorm about potential Art Attack activities during this year’s upcoming Nuit Blanche. And what would an Art Attack strategy session be without an accompanying open jam? Bring your ideas, but also art materials you like to draw with. Park between Metro Hall and Roy Thompson Hall, next to the fountain; 7 p.m., FREE.
TV: Torontonians can’t get enough coverage of the dirty goings-on behind the Igor Kenk enterprise. The latest glimpse is Pedal Power, a new documentary from filmmakers Robin Benger and Christopher Sumpton (with additional footage from filmmaker Anthony Corindia), airing tonight on CBC. The one-hour program looks at a selection of bike activists and radicals, most of whom are not currently facing charges. Airing CBC-TV, 8 p.m., FREE.