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TorontoHenge will set on the city tonight, and we’ll find out whether our next mayor will be for or against our iconic streetcars. Photo by sniderscion from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
In today’s Urban Planner, watch the sun set in the streets (and on some incumbents’ Council careers, on the TVs at our election party); watch dancers against cancer on the Jane Mallett stage; and celebrate political victory (or drown your sorrows) watching two visiting Irish rock ‘n’ roll acts.
ASTRONOMY: Sunday evening was wet and dark, so it may have gone unnoticed, but it marked the first of two days of this year’s TorontoHenge sunsets (we profiled the sunrises back in August), that time of the year when the sun sets in alignment with downtown Toronto’s east-west streets. Depending on your feelings about the election, this evening’s phenomenon might make for some philosophical waxings about our past and future municipal government (it’ll be done and dark in time to get to an election party). Looking west all over Toronto, 6:20 p.m., FREE.
ELECTION: There are going to be plenty of informal gatherings around televisions in Toronto tonight, as people wait for polling stations to report in. Many of the mayoral candidates are holding gatherings, including fringe candidates like Keith Cole, and fake candidates like Steve Murray. Torontoist and ArtsVote have teamed up to host an election party at the Cadillac Lounge, which will have plenty of screens tuned to the results, and plenty of booze to help make things make more sense when the last results have trickled in. Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: A who’s who of local singers, dancers, and actors (including Daniel Stolfi, whose own cancer research fundraiser show we profiled recently) are performing at tonight’s multi-disciplinary fundraiser for cancer research entitled I Move Forward. Curated by cancer survivor Marc Kimelman, the program is a six-part sequence inspired by champion cyclist Lance Armstrong’s acronym of CANCER, with song, dance, and live music sequences tailored to each letter. Jane Mallett Theatre (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $25-$70.
MUSIC: Oddly enough, two Irish bands are headlining in Toronto tonight, and both shows are all ages. Two Door Cinema Club is playing at The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street), doors at 7:30 p.m., $17.50 in advance (Chromewaves lays out the details succinctly). Over in Parkdale, rougher-around-the-edges one-man punk-pop act So Cal (a.k.a. Dubliner Brian Kelly) will headline a strong triple bill including surf-garage duo Tonka & Puma and 8-bit evolved pop band Gravity Wave. Parts and Labour (1566 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $7 in advance.