Urban Planner: May 12, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 12, 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].

Still from the film Dot.Dot.Dot. Courtesy of Zoom Student Film Festival.

WORDS: Thousands of little saplings are rooting for their favourite authors as part of the fourth annual Forest of Reading Festival of Trees, the children’s choice award celebration that is Canada’s largest children’s literary festival. Since the fall, thousands of Ontario students have been reading the Ontario Library Association‘s nominated titles from categories that correspond to their age range, and will now vote on their favourite book. The Blue Spruce, Red Maple, and White Pine Awards will be handed out today, while tomorrow’s ceremonies will include awards for the Silver Birch Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Express categories. The celebration will also feature readings, book signings, and children’s workshops related to writing and illustration. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 10 a.m.–2 p.m., $13.
FILM: Toronto’s cityscape boasts more than one thousand residential towers and the launch of a new web documentary will give a voice to the inhabitants of these buildings. For the making of The Thousandth Tower: Stories from Inside a Toronto Suburban Highrise, six local residents were given cameras to document their day-to-day life. The film, which is the first instalment of the NFB’s collaborative documentary project, HIGHRISE, also examines the Mayor’s Tower Renewal project and the phenomenon of global suburbanization. Mayor David Miller will be in attendance for tonight’s launch, along with special guests including the Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott. City Hall (100 Queen Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The fourteenth annual Zoom Student Film Festival aims to showcase the hard work and talent of the next generation of local and international filmmakers. High school students and youth under the age of twenty were invited to submit short films in the spirit of this year’s theme, “Democracy in Motion,” in celebration of the freedom of expression granted to young artists. Following tonight’s screenings, a panel of judges will present the Zoom awards in the categories of experimental, documentary, animation, and narrative films. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., $10.
PARTY: A bunch of folks from the journalism biz are gathering to discuss putting pen to paper over a pint. Press Pass is a quarterly series of events co-founded and hosted by our friends Nadja Sayej of ArtStars* and former Torontoist editor and contributor Sarah Lazarovic. Tonight‘s special guests include National Post writer Nathalie Atkinson, Toronto-based photographer Zach Slootsky, and music writer Helen Spitzer (aka DJ Spitzie Spiz). The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.