Urban Planner: October 18, 2010
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Urban Planner: October 18, 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].

Allie Hughes opens for Avi Buffalo tonight at the Horseshoe Tavern. Photo by Agata Piskonuwicz.

In today’s Urban Planner, buy a Bixi Toronto membership and party at Steam Whistle Brewery, take in lectures by the laymen at Trampoline Hall, rock out live with Avi Buffalo and Allie Hughes, or watch the Weakerthans do so across Canada on the Royal Cinema’s screen.

PARTY: We wrote last week about how the Bixi Toronto bike share program is closing in on its target of a thousand subscribers by November 30. Tonight, in partnership with Steam Whistle Brewery, they hope to surpass that number with a party for existing members and an open invite for non-members to show up, buy an annual membership, and join the club (and party). Free food from local restaurants and beer from Steam Whistle will be enjoyed by all of Bixi’s soon-to-be-cycling members. Steam Whistle Brewery, The Roundhouse (255 Bremner Boulevard), 6:30 p.m., FREE (for Bixi members; annual membership is $95 plus taxes).
LECTURE: Popular lecture series Trampoline Hall announced this edition’s curator, Buffy Childerhose, before the lecturers were publicly revealed, but we can now tell you that attendees will see Scott McLaren talk about “The Lazy Sociopath”; Muhanned Al-Nuaimy-Barker on “What’s In a Name?”; and Rajeev Ruparell on science, religion, and faith. Our usual suggestions for Trampoline Hall apply: if you don’t have your ticket already, show up unreasonably early to get one of the few and coveted at-the-door tickets. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), tickets at the door on sale at 6:30 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 8 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: Teenage Sub Pop signees Avi Buffalo coast into town on the strength of their self-titled debut album, released this spring to near-universal acclaim (says Metacritic, anyway). They’ve got local songstress Allie Hughes (whose Southern Souls video for “O Chad” we’re still loving) as an opener; her typically flamboyant set will start at 9:15 p.m.—so don’t be late. The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), doors at 8 p.m., $13.50.
FILM: The Weakerthans‘ exhaustive cross-Canada tour of 2009, with twenty-five shows spanning from St. John’s to Whitehorse, is documented (in HD) in a new concert and tour film, We’re The Weakerthans, We’re From Winnipeg. For this one-night-only screening, not only will director Caelum Vatnsdal be in attendance to answer questions after the film, but Weakerthans lead singer John K. Samson will play a short solo set at 9:30 p.m. to start the night off. The Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 9:30 p.m., $18 ($15 in advance at the Images Festival website or Soundscapes).