Urban Planner: February 18, 2010
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Urban Planner: February 18, 2010

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 ~Evidence~ from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. ~Evidence~’s work will be featured in “Travellers Exhibited” at Tappo, beginning tonight.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Thank goodness for Flickr. The image-hosting site has become an online mecca for up-and-coming photographers to showcase their talents. The exposure has paid off: a few years ago, several Flickr photographers from around the globe were asked to display their work at an exhibition in Paris. While that particular venture didn’t pan out, it inspired one of the photographers, Toronto’s ~EvidencE~, to contact his fellow artists and organize a show of their work here. The dream has finally been realized, as six international Flickr superstars—New York’s SkyShaper, Victoria, BC’s The Real Darren Stone, Dubai’s DanielKHC, Washington’s brainburger, Hawaii’s Punchup, and ~Evidence~ himself—will display their works in “Travellers Exhibited” at Tappo Wine Bar and Restaurant, which starts tonight and has an open-ended run. Tappo Wine Bar and Restaurant, Distillery District (55 Mill Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The words “Great Aunt Ida” have two connotations. The first, of course, is your crotchety, slightly smelly relative whose purse contains an endless supply of hard candies. The second, however, is the delightful indie pop outfit of the same name led by Vancouverite Ida Nilsen, a former member of bands like The Beans and Radiogram whose impressive resume contains everything from flapper jazz to feminist spoken-word improv. A far cry from croaking gramophones and stuffy parlours, Great Aunt Ida specializes in sweet melodies and warm lyrics that tell stories of striking honesty and subtlety. The band will perform tonight at Roncesvalles’ The Local Pub, joined by Chris Page. The Local Pub (396 Roncesvalles Avenue), 9:30 p.m., FREE.
HISTORY: In 1734, a disastrous fire destroyed much of what is now Old Montreal. Marie-Joseph Angélique, a black slave, was accused of setting fire to her owner’s home, and after trial and torture, was hanged for the crime. Now, almost three centuries after the event, questions are being raised surrounding Angélique’s guilt. Did Angélique actually start the fire? If she did, was it a justified response to her enslavement? Tonight, the Royal Ontario Museum will screen Fire and Fury, Nadine Valcin’s short film about Angélique’s ordeal, accompanied by a discussion about the mysterious events led by Valcin and Dr. Afua Cooper, the author of a book on the topic. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park); 7 p.m.; $20/regular, $18/members, $10/students.
THEATRE: Irish playwright Frank McGuinness is best known for his ability to convey poignancy without sentimentality, and The Factory Girls, an early example of his work, is no exception. Tonight, the Toronto Irish Players premiere their production of McGuinness’s play, which runs until March 6. Inspired by the experiences of his mother, grandmother, and aunts in Donegal, Ireland, the play follows five women working in a shirt factory in the ’70s, facing the threat of redundancy while counting buttons, fastening cuffs, and cutting threads. The Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $40 (opening only; regular shows $15–$18).