Urban Planner: October 14, 2009
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Urban Planner: October 14, 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].

20091014urbanplanner.jpg Still from Ivan and Ivan, directed by Philipp Abryutin. Courtesy of imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival.

FILM: Torontonians love a good film fest. We also love a good film fest showcasing global aboriginal filmmakers and media artists. That’s why the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is celebrating its decennial anniversary. The festival, which begins today and runs through Sunday, will feature more than 125 works created by Indigenous peoples, including film, video, radio, and new media that address both traditional and contemporary themes. To kick off the festival, an opening ceremony will take place at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (1 p.m.) with a prayer and musical performances. Tonight’s opening gala (7 p.m.) at the Bloor Cinema will feature two Canadian films: Reel Injun, a documentary that deconstructs Hollywood images and stereotypes surrounding Native peoples, and Tungijuq, a short film starring singer Tanya Taqaq that celebrates the Inuit hunting tradition. Various locations and times; workshops and panels FREE, regular screenings $7, opening- and closing-night screenings $12 ($10 for students and seniors), festival pass $100 ($60 for students and seniors).
PARTY: In the second of a quarterly series of impressive events, “Press Pass II” will provide a forum for media workers and wannabes alike to mingle and smooze. The event is hosted by local artist and former Torontoist editor and contributor Sarah Lazarovic, alongside journalist and founder and host of ArtStars*, Nadja Sayej. Comic artist Michael Comeau, whose art has been featured at Magic Pony and the Cut and Paste zine fair, will be in attendance to sketch your picture for a hand-crafted press pass, while David Waldman of Kid With Camera fame will be snapping photographs throughout the evening. There will also be a few people in attendance with legit press passes, including CBC’s Kathryn Borel and pop culture columnist and comedian Nick Flanagan. The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: If it seems like Wilco is trying to break your heart tonight with the first of two sold-out shows at Massey Hall—it’s true. If you’re without tickets for that show, you can always check out local songstress Amy Millan for a dose of country-infused folk-rock. Millan will be showcasing her own catalogue of tunes filled with heartbreak and sorrow. Stepping away from Stars and Broken Social Scene to pursue her solo career, Millan is touring to promote the release of her second album, Masters of the Burial, which was released on Arts&Crafts last month. This much-anticipated release comes three years after her solo debut, Honey From the Tombs. The Mod Club (722 College Street), 8 p.m., $15.
MUSIC: If you’re into music off the beaten path, you can discover new and independent musicians with the help of the “Wednesdays Go POP” hump-day series at Supermarket. Tonight’s show will open with singer-pianist Theo Tams, who was recently spotted Busking for Change for War Child Canada. Toronto-based pop-rockster Marianne Turner, along with the son of legendary Canadian rocker Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall, and folk-rock duo Old Man’s Beard will round out the bill. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue); doors at 8:30 p.m., first set at 9:30 p.m.; PWYC.

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