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

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WORDS: The winner of the 2009 Toronto Book Awards will be announced this evening by David Miller at the Toronto Reference Library awards gala. For a good overview of each of the five competing books, have a look at the City of Toronto’s Book Awards pages. The fifteen-thousand-dollar award is granted each year to the book with the most literary or artistic merit that best reflects Toronto. The five finalists were announced in a ceremony last week at the newly renovated Bloor/Gladstone library. Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon (789 Yonge Street), 6 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Get your Hallowe’en chill on early with DVxT’s adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, performed on-site at the historic Campbell House Museum. The performance uses all three floors of the house as a stage, and combines the heritage setting with contemporary sound and projection technologies to create the play’s ghostly atmosphere. The production run begins with tonight’s preview (tickets available only at the door), and continues to November 7. The Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $15–$35.
MUSIC: Jude Macdonald, Bonnie Bowman, and Gregory Graham drop in as ghoulish guests for the seventh Murder Folk Night old-time sing-along at the Board of Directors gallery. Organizer Ryan Kamstra suggests bringing noise-making things, but will have bells and other noise-makers available to borrow. The Murder Folk Scratch Band plays accompaniment to the general chorus. A songbook is available for the eager to study in advance, but we’re guessing most of you will be familiar with communal sing-song favourites like “The Cat Came Back,” “Ring of Fire,” and “Highway to Hell.” Board of Directors (1082 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., pay-what-you-can ($5 suggested).
SCIENCE: The Discovery Channel’s Science and the City (a segment on Daily Planet) pays a visit to the Ontario College of Art and Design to experiment on willing subjects. The TV show is filming an episode involving the science of colour, and interested participants can submit themselves to host Alan Nursall’s playful speculations. Participation is open to anyone looking for a chance to get on television or to learn something interesting about the way we see. Ontario College of Art, Great Hall (100 McCaul Street), 9 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: The International Festival of Authors has found a fascinating way to both advertise for the upcoming 2009 festival (beginning October 21), and introduce unsuspecting Torontonians to dramatic literary readings. Veteran and amateur Toronto actors perform Random Acts of Reading for the benefit of rush-hour crowds, after which IFOA staff will hand out free copies of books written by some of this year’s participating authors. Look for lots of Torontoist coverage of this year’s International Festival of Authors, starting later today. Union Station (65 Front Street West), 6:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.; and Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 12 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.; FREE.

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