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WORDS: Writers, storytellers, and prose poets will battle it out at The Story Slam, presented by the Toronto Poetry Project. The event, which takes the format of a typical poetry slam but features only stories, will see a dozen performers use five minutes and ten seconds each to tell narratives—everything from ghost stories to erotic fiction—without the aid of any musical instruments, costumes, or props (erotic or not). Tonight’s keynote slammer is Randy Jacobs (a.k.a. RC Weslowski), a Vancouver-based spoken word performer, who will do a twenty-minute set of story poems and weirdness. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: The Toronto Urban Music Festival (TUMF) kicks off tonight with a performance by Juno Award–winning local hip-hopster Kardinal Offishall. Kardi will be joined under the CNE Bandshell by Alex Dimez, Fifth Letter Fam, Gangis Khan a.k.a. Camoflauge, Cookie Couture, and Crown A’ Thornz. Amidst the music, a dozen of Canada’s best breakdancers will battle it out in an elimination competition. Established in 1997 to showcase Canadian rap, hip-hop, and R&B music, TUMF has become the country’s largest urban-music festival. The festival runs through September 6 and will also include conference workshops, seminars, and master classes. Canadian National Exhibition (200 Princes Boulevard), 7:30 p.m., FREE (with CNE admission).
ART: Campbell House Museum is hosting a joint show with the works of Bonnie Brooks and Heather Kocsis. The show, which runs through the end of September, will feature Brooks’s mixed media works on wood panels and canvas and Kocsis’s three-dimensional representations of architecture using layers of reclaimed, weathered wood. Brooks’s mixed media and Kocsis’s wood assemblage both centre on everyday aged objects and buildings, evoking nostalgia and a curiosity about the people and stories behind them. Campbell House Museum, which was built in 1822 and is the oldest remaining building from the original town of York, offers a charming backdrop for the show. Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West), gallery hours 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., opening reception 3–8 p.m., FREE.
COMMUNITY: There is still another month left to take part in this year’s ROMwalks, a series of bi-weekly guided walking tours led by Royal Ontario Museum volunteers. The outings, which take place on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, allow residents and visitors to hop on the heel-toe express and explore thirteen distinctive city neighbourhoods. Participants in tonight’s walk through The Grange Neighbourhood will learn about the rich history of the community, while exploring spaces of living, work, leisure, culture, and worship: George Brown House, John Cawthra House, Beverley Mansions, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Italian Consulate, The Grange, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. George the Martyr Churches. The Grange neighbourhood (meet at Dundas and McCaul streets), 6 p.m., FREE.