Urban Planner: November 2, 2009
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Urban Planner: November 2, 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].

This piece of artwork by Jenn Morphy will be one of the works on display at the NACO Gallery Café today as part of their Day of the Dead celebrations.

DEATH: Today is the Mexican Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), which, to those who observe, means creating altars to their lost loved ones that are covered with painted skulls and marigolds, and bread of the dead (Pan de muerto) and other favourite foods of the deceased are eaten. The NACO Gallery Café on Dundas Street has gotten into the spirit of things this year, with a window display, an altar, day of the dead–inspired art, and live music. They’ve also gotten many businesses and homes in the Dundas West community to celebrate with them, with places such as Zoots Café, Hen House, and Beadle each contributing something to the festivities. NACO Gallery Café (1665 Dundas Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
MONEY: We’ve already seen one of the certainties of life on the list today (death), and now we can add another: money problems. Today marks the beginning of Credit Education Week Canada, and to kick off the number-crunching a panel of Canadian financial experts will be offering their advice to couples on how to manage their collective paycheques. Alison Griffiths from the W Network’s Maxed Out will host, while Patricia Lovett-Reid from the Business News Network, Pat Foran from CTV, Sean O’Shea from Global, Ellen Roseman from the Toronto Star, and Jonathan Chevreau from the National Post will provide the advice. Metro Central YMCA (20 Grosvenor Street), 9:30–11:30 a.m., FREE (RSVP here or call 416-228-2526).
FILM: The Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival starts today with an assortment of the best short and feature-length films from Spain, Canada, the United States, and Latin America. The films to be screened tonight explore stories of finding your roots though dance (I Am Andean), the political struggles in Bolivia (Warriors of the Rainbow), and a group of transsexuals living in Castro’s Cuba (Sexuality). Spanish Centre (46 Hayden Street), 6 p.m., $10 ($8 for students and seniors).
FOOD: The West End Food Co-op brings you a night of delicious food and music and a chance to meet some of the farmers who help create the organic eats you’ll be enjoying, all to launch the co-op’s new bond campaign. The co-op is all about creating a sustainable and community-based food culture in Toronto, with programs like the Sorauren Farmers’ Market and a planned full-service grocery store acting as conduits through which local, organic, and fair trade products can be shared with the community. Some of the producers scheduled to attend the party are Field Sparrow Farm, Clover Roads Organic Farm, and Heritage Line Herbs, while musicians Lutia Lausane, Alex Hickey, Maria Kaastan, and Cafe Con Pan are set to entertain. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7–9 p.m., FREE.