Urban Planner: October 30, 2009
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Urban Planner: October 30, 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].

Two of the beautiful Hart House viols, all six of which will be played tonight for the first time in public in over thirty years. Photo by Christine Guest.

MUSIC: Acquired in 1929 by then Governor General Vincent Massey, the magnificent Hart House viols make up a collection of six late sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century instruments widely considered not only to be valuable cultural and historic relics, but objects of great beauty. Tonight and tomorrow, you can experience these instruments as they were meant to be—played by extraordinary musicians. The incomparable Montreal-based viola da gamba ensemble, Les Voix humaines, returns to the Toronto Consort series to perform on these rare instruments. Together, the musicians and viols will bring to life Henry Purcell‘s genius and inspirational Fantasias, written as a young man of twenty in 1680. This concert marks the first time all six viols have been played together in public in more than thirty years and promises to be a magical experience. Trinity St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $19–$46 (tickets available online or by calling 416-964-6337).
HISTORY: Ghost stories and tales of cold-blooded murder are best served up in the dark. Journey back to a time before streetlights, skyscrapers, and flashy signage lit up the night, and pay a visit to the ghosts of early Ontario. Be prepared to get your creep on during tonight’s walk through the darkened streets of Black Creek Pioneer Village and restored nineteenth-century buildings. See the crime scene of the Black Donnelly murders, watch the classic horror film Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and finally soothe your jitters with a Halloween beer from the new on-site brewery. The tour is recommended for adults and children with steady nerves. Black Creek Pioneer Village (1000 Murray Ross Parkway), 7–11 p.m., $20 in advance (call 416-667-6295), $25 at the door.
FILM: If you still can’t get enough of them despite Toronto’s obsession with all things zombie, you should attend the first ever Zombie Short Film Festival. Open to entries from all over the world, the festival’s only criteria was that each film had to be twenty-five minutes or fewer and—you guessed it—zombie related. With such loose guidelines, you can only imagine the crop of ideas and talent that resulted. Submissions ran the gamut from musicals, cartoons, music videos, and stop-motion animation. (Who knew zombies could be so versatile?) The top-ten finalists screened tonight will be narrowed down to three by a panel of judges, then voted on (via applause) by the audience, determining who wins five hundred dollars and the coveted Zom D’or prize. The Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $15.
FUNDRAISER: While there are endless Halloween parties taking place across the city tonight and over the weekend, Rock-for-a-Cure stands out for its purpose—raising money for Toronto’s own SickKids Hospital. Hosted by Josie Dye from The Edge 102.1, tonight’s concert features chart-topping, Juno Award–winning Canadian band Mobile, who’ll follow local indie openers Chasing Eve and Roguesix to the stage. As added incentive to supporting a good cause and having fun, guests will be entered into a raffle to win a trip from Breakaway Tours. The WreckRoom (794 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $40 advance, $50 at the door, costumes preferred.
CYCLING: The folks at Critical Mass bring you another group bike ride this evening, encouraging cyclists to make some noise and draw attention to two-wheeled transportation during the thick of Toronto’s rush-hour traffic. As tonight’s ride is Halloween themed, be sure to wear a costume (and one that won’t get tangled in your chain!). Since it’s still quite dark this time of year, a well-lit bicycle is highly recommended. Meet at the corner of Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue, 6–9 p.m., FREE.