Urban Planner: December 17, 2009
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Urban Planner: December 17, 2009

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The Olympic torch crossing Canada. Photo courtesy of VANOC/COVAN.

SPORTS: They ran with it, they canoed with it, they rode with it on horseback—and now they’re carrying the Olympic torch on the TTC. The big flame arrives in Toronto today on its cross-country Olympic Torch Relay to Canada’s victorious year in the Winter Olympics (we can hope, can’t we?). The torch will take three days to traverse the city, during which it will travel via the hands of retired TTC employee and Gold Medallist Murray Dowey as he rides the College streetcar. The city has a big party planned when the torch arrives this evening that includes fireworks, a whole lot of music, and an Extreme Trampoline show. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 5:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Recently revived weekly comedy free-for-all Pirate Video Cabaret presents a seasonal salute with Pirate Video Cabaret: The Holiday Show. The show features live comedy performances from Chris Finn, Mike Moses, Nikki Payne, and more, including the Williamson Playboys, who somehow manage to make old-time grandpa music hilarious. The night includes videos, too (of course). The Holiday Show features short pieces from animator Evan DeRushie, editor Jared Raab (who notes in his trailer re-mix of The Sound of Music that the movie was made by only one producer), Dylan Osborn, The Boom…and the list goes on. Very funny stuff. Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), 8:30 p.m., $5.
DANCE: The Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement presents its holiday run of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, on through December 20. While the school has been performing the ballet annually for the past twenty-four years, each year it renews the choreography to best match that year’s student performers. The production uses more than a thousand props and costumes and includes more than a hundred dancers from the school. All proceeds from the ballet go toward the school’s dance programs and bursary fund. Humberside Collegiate Institute, Lismer Hall (280 Quebec Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $17–42 (adults) and $12–37 (students/children).
PHOTOGRAPHY: A group of Ryerson MFA students from the documentary media program present their first group show, Underexposed (on until December 22). Organized by Ben Lenzner and Maja Zonjic, the exhibit seeks to showcase the students’ latest and best documentary work in photography, new media, and performance installation. Layal Al-Haidari, one of the exhibitors, also happens to be a singer and will be performing live at the opening tonight. Beaver Hall Gallery (29 McCaul Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE.