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].
My Suicide, a film by David Lee Miller, will be part of the 2010 Sprockets Festival, beginning this Saturday and running until April 23.
KIDS: The Toronto International Film Festival’s Sprockets festival (which we covered earlier this week) runs from Saturday until April 23. Its aim? To breed a whole new generation of cinemaniacs. The lineup features jaw-dropping animation, thoughtful documentaries, and even includes some more sophisticated offerings for older teens. Sprockets proves once and for all that film festivals are more than just forums for sleepy art films with subtitles. Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Centre Cinemas (4861 Yonge Street) and Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas (2190 Yonge Street); Saturday–April 23, various times; $6.60/kids (per film), $10.61/adults (per film).
MUSIC: Remember the party at the end of Empire Records? Well, Record Store Day is kind of like that, albeit with fewer faux-grunge ’90s tunes. The event celebrates the unique culture of the independent record store, and indie music shops all over Toronto will be participating. A sure bet is Sonic Boom, which will be holding a mini-festival with prizes, giveaways, performances by Sloan, Adam Green, Buck 65, Valery Gore, Meligrove Band, and Metz, and spins from DJ Shit La Merde and DJ jj. Sonic Boom (512 Bloor Street West), Saturday 3 p.m., FREE (with non-perishable food donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank).
FILM: This year’s Toronto Jewish Film Festival (running until April 25) features a special series about the important place Jews hold in the history of North American comic culture, from Superman to Maus. The festival starts Saturday, and on Sunday, comic book author Paul Buhle will kick off the People of the Comic Book series with a talk on Jews and comic art, with a special forum later the same day featuring Buhle, comic book writer Harvey Pekar (of American Splendor fame), and graphic novelist Ben Katchor. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue); Paul Buhle talk: Sunday 11 a.m., Comic Art Forum: Sunday 4 p.m.; FREE.
MARKET: The sun is here to stay, the flowers are blooming, and the annual Drake Spring Market has returned to kick off the season. The market will transform the corner of Queen and Beaconsfield into a good old yard sale, with a twist: a FREEcycle table will offer early-comers the chance to take home free treasures from the Drake’s history. In addition, there will be baked goods, surprises, and antiques from the General Store, and a variety of goodies for sale from local merchants and organizations. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
ART: The idea of a Toronto art biennial or triennial is picking up steam, and this Saturday, From the Ground Up, a free public platform, will be held by MOCCA and the Power Plant Gallery to address the possibility. Members of the city’s art community will speak and examine how the city might fund and curate such an event, why Toronto is the place to hold it, and how it would incorporate the local arts scene if it were to happen. Speakers include MOCCA and the Power Plant’s curators, David Liss and Gregory Burke, art critic Peggy Gale, AGO director Michael Teitelbaum, OCAD president Sara Diamond, and a variety of other personnel from both large and small local art hubs. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (952 Queen Street West), Saturday 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; FREE.
TALK: This Sunday, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 will hold the second of its three LET’S TALK: TTC Riders & Workers public town hall meetings. Sunday’s session will be moderated by Diane O’Reggio, the president and CEO of Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund (Canada). Also present will be ATU Local 113 president Bob Kinnear and front-line TTC staff. Each audience member will get an electronic doohickey to vote on issues raised by the moderator and have an opportunity to ask the panellists questions. Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute (2450 Birchmount Road), Sunday 1–3 p.m., FREE.