Urban Planner: October 8, 2009
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Urban Planner: October 8, 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].

Photo by Jessica Huynh. Courtesy of Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre.

PHOTOGRAPHY: This summer the Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre offered a seven-week documentary photography program to Regent Park youth, during which the more than fifty participating kids ventured out into their community with cameras. The resulting insider portrait of Regent Park can be seen at *Hotshot Gallery’s “FOCUS: Regent Park Through the Lens of Our Youth” exhibit (on until October 12). At the exhibit launch tonight, the gallery will also screen the work of those youth who took part in the summer Video Program. Torontoist photographer Nick Kozak ran a few of the summer workshops and facilitates at the centre. *Hotshot Gallery (181 Augusta Avenue), 6 p.m., FREE.
ART: A much-anticipated Harold Town exhibit opens today (reception on Saturday at 2 p.m.) at the Ingram Gallery. Works by Town, one of Canada’s better-known painters, will be available to purchase for those with deep pockets. For the rest of us, this is a great opportunity to experience Canadian abstract expressionism from one of its chief contributors. It’s also a chance to re-examine Town’s work in the context of a new century. Ingram Gallery (49 Avenue Road), 11 a.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Three Toronto theatre companies (Theatre Smith-Gilmour, WhyNot Theatre, and TheatreRUN) collaborate for Spent, a mocking of greedy executive culture. Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain play two big-shots who wake up one morning to find the market has collapsed, and aren’t sure if they’re still dreaming. The play’s creators were inspired—appropriately—by clowns. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $20 (students/seniors $15).
MUSIC: Seminal Toronto experimental punk artists Tulpa—also known as brothers John and Chris Bottomley, with long-time friend Mike Severin—play a reunion show at Supermarket tonight. The band formed in the mid-eighties, and broke up not long after when the brothers moved on to pursue solo careers. Other well-known Toronto musicians who played with them at the time, such as drummers Glenn Milchem (Blue Rodeo) and Great Bob Scott, and horn players Richard Underhill and Perry White (both of the Shuffle Demons), join them for the reunion. We really enjoyed looking back at clips of Daniel Richler interviewing Tulpa on early editions of The New Music (and yes, that was the voice of CNN news reporter John Roberts). Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 8:30 p.m., $12.