Urban Planner: May 3, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 3, 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].

Playwright, director, actor, and Harold Award co-founder Daniel MacIvor in This Is What Happens Next. Courtesy Canadian Stage/Guntar Kravis.

TALK: Bill C-56, extending Employment Insurance benefits to the “Self-Employed,” was passed in December by Parliament. Among the professions now eligible for additional benefits are artists, a disproportionate number of whom live below the poverty line in Toronto. The Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists is holding a free info session with a Services Canada representative; while the session will be geared towards dancers and other performing artists, it could be informative for anyone who’s their own boss. The Centre for Social Innovation (215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 120), 4 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTACT is in full swing for the month of May, with large public installations at venues such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, and featured exhibitions at institutions such as Ryerson and established galleries across town. But there are also over two hundred open exhibitions in bars and small art-friendly spaces across Toronto. One of these is the Thru The Roots exhibition, whose opening party is tonight: four recent Ontario College of Art and Design graduates are showcasing together, including Kirsten White (who also moonlights as a member of the Toronto bicycle gang/design collective The Deadly Nightshades). Czehowski (678 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
AWARDS: Once a year on a Monday night, when the theatres in Toronto are mostly dark, the local theatre community comes together to informally celebrate the innovative and rebellious in their midst. The annual Harold Awards, named for notorious theatregoer and heckler Harold Kandel, are awarded to unsuspecting invitees, so if you’re connected in some way to theatre in Toronto and you’ve been invited, it could be because you’re about to be “Harolded” yourself. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: We said “mostly dark” for a reason. Not only does Canadian Stage have regular performances on Mondays, but they also offer a limited number of day-of, in-person-only PWYC tickets. This Monday will be the final PWYC performance of celebrated Canadian playwright/director/monologist Daniel MacIvor’s newest solo show, This Is What Happens Next, which wraps up next weekend. In point of fact, MacIvor was a co-founder of the Harold Awards in 1995; his director for TIWHN, Daniel Brooks, was himself “Harolded” in 1996. Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., PWYC–$45.
MUSIC: Dan Snaith, the musical mastermind behind psychedelic electronic act Caribou, won the 2008 Polaris Prize for his album Andorra, so expectations were high for his 2010 release Swim (so named because Snaith wanted to record “dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water”). By many accounts, including Torontoist’s, the new record might be his best yet. Snaith and his live band will be appearing at the Phoenix tonight (with openers Toro y Moi), to test out his liquid new sound on an all-ages crowd. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), 8 p.m., $15.
FILM: Hot Docs continues today, and so does Torontoist’s coverage of it. Get more Hot Docs right here.