Urban Planner: June 2, 2010
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Urban Planner: June 2, 2010

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A tour of the Distillery District is part of tonight’s ROM Walk. Photo by Photo by bensonkua from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

WALK: The Gooderham and Worts Distillery was founded in 1832; thirty years later, it was the world’s largest distillery, producing over 2 million gallons of whiskey. Although the distillery closed in 1990, it became the foundation for one of the city’s most beloved historical districts. The Distillery District is one of the highlights on tonight’s “Whiskey, Wharf, and Windmill” ROM Walk, along with the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse and Little Trinity Church. These walks are among the highlights of summer in the city, and a variety of tours will be offered until October 3. Meet at King Street East and Trinity Street (look for the blue umbrella), 6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: A match made in hipster heaven, Broken Bells is a duo consisting of The Shins’ vocalist James Mercer and musician/producer Brian Burton, better known by his stage name, Danger Mouse. Both bring something different to the mix—Mercer provides the melodic constant, while Burton comes armed with his experimental sensibilities—and the result is a highly satisfying, symphonic rock sound. Tonight, Broken Bells performs in Toronto, joined by California quartet The Morning Benders. Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes’ Boulevard, CNE Grounds), 7 p.m., $35.50.
TALK: Transit is a word on everybody’s lips these days, especially since Dalton McGuinty decided to postpone the construction of Toronto’s utopian dream, Transit City, due to a supposed budget deficit. Since fighting for streetcars in Toronto in the early ’70s, Steve Munro has been a vocal activist for improving Toronto’s transit infrastructure. He frequently writes about it for Spacing, and his blog is considered required reading on the subject. Tonight, he speaks about the need for improved transit in the face of the peak oil crisis. City Hall, Committee Room #1 (100 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: The Authors at Harbourfront Centre series was established in 1974 with the goal of providing a Toronto forum for enlightened discussion of books, writers, and words. Since then, luminaries like Salman Rushdie, Margaret Drabble, and Thomas Keneally have graced the Harbourfront stage, and tonight, the series continues with authors Lydia Kwa (Pulse), Linda Holeman (The Saffron Gate), and Holly LeCraw (The Swimming Pool), speaking on a panel moderated by Quill & Quire‘s Meaghan Strimas. Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West); 7:30 p.m.; $8/regular, FREE/students.