Urban Planner: May 13, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 13, 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].

Photographer Steve Carty will be participating in Hermann & Audrey’s interactive art exhibit and panel discussion tonight. Part of the CONTACT Photography Festival.

ART: Self-taught artist and writer Sonja Ahlers embraces the age-old art of collage in her new book, The Selves, which launches tonight—but this ain’t your average kindergartener’s collage. Abandoning sloppy cutouts and white paste, Ahlers’ carefully selected images—her found objects include greeting cards, photographs, stickers, and clippings—are fused with words and illustrations to depict public constructions of femininity. Spoiler alert: Princess Di, the Olsen twins, and Hollie Hobbie all make cameos in the book. In addition to the book launch, tonight’s event will also be an art exhibition of Ahlers’ works. Magic Pony Gallery (694 Queen Street West), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: In their CONTACT exhibit, photographic collective Hermann & Audrey debunk the theory that photography is a “hot” medium, or a form that requires little involvement from the viewer. Photographers like Steve Carty, with his phenomenal light-painting images, shake this concept to the core. Tonight, H&A hosts an interactive event where viewers are given the tools and guidance to create a collaborative art piece, followed by a panel discussion with some of the exhibit’s artists examining the future of photography as an art form. The Bait Shop Gallery (358 Dufferin Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: Long before Google Maps, British-Canadian explorer David Thompson charted the wide, largely unknown expanse of North America in the eighteenth century. He mapped over 3.2 million square kilometres of land, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the Saskatchewan River, and the Great Lakes. Tonight, the ROM will screen George Sibley’s 2009 film Shadows of David Thompson, followed by a talk and book signing with experts William Moreau and D’Arcy Jenish. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park); 7 p.m.; $20/regular, $18/regular, $10/students.
MUSIC: Since opening in April 2009, Bloordale Village’s Holy Oak Cafe has emerged as one of the neighbourhood’s most beloved spots for local music, cozy gatherings, and delicious cappuccinos. This month, Holy Oak hosts everything from board game parties to jazz jams to its monthly book club. Tonight, local songstress Isla Craig, joined by Trudy Poot, stuns the crowd with her ethereal folk ditties. Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., FREE.