Urban Planner: October 5, 2010
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Urban Planner: October 5, 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].

Geoffrey Pugen, film still from Bridge Kids, 2010.

Today in Toronto: A multimedia art exhibit featuring kids with E.S.P., a celebration of Chilean wines, a workshop for making apple preserves, and yet another mayoral debate.

ART: Multimedia artist Geoffrey Pugen explores reincarnation, adolescence, mythology, and parapsychology in Bridge Kids, an installation of film, found footage, photography, and other formats at Gallery TPW. Pugen uses the works of J.B. Rhine as a basis for his virtual world, in which a tree house can become a gateway to another dimension and telepathic children navigate a world without adults. Having been exhibited from Berlin to Melbourne, Pugen’s work causes the audience to question exactly how reality and performance intersect. The exhibition will be accompanied by an essay by Eli Horwatt. Gallery TPW (56 Ossington Avenue), 12–5 p.m., FREE.
WINE: Wines of Chile will be setting up their decanters in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Peter F. Bronfman Hall today, to give Torontonians a little taste of South America. The Chilean Wine and Food Festival brings over one hundred wines from thirty Chilean wineries to Canada—many for the first time ever—for a day of tastings and discussions on the fine art of vino. A carefully selected spread of eats will be included alongside the wine in the price of admission, with all proceeds from the festival donated back to the museum. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), 2–9:30 p.m., $65.
WORKSHOP: Last year Torontoist got to talk to the non-profit fruit picking organization Not Far From the Tree about their initiative to maximize the city’s arboreal output and ensure no fruit trees would go to waste. The program is now going strong into it’s third year, and helping locals prepare for the coming Winter with a seminar on fruit preserving, focusing on the year’s remaining apple crop. Host Michele Chandler will lead a fully hands-on workshop, instructing on how to turn those apples into sauce, butter, liqueur, and other treats to last through until Spring. No materials or supplies required, and participants get to take away the fruits of their labours—pun only moderately intended. The FoodShare Kitchen (90 Croatia Street), 6–9 p.m., $50.
DEBATE: It’s less than a month before the mayoral election determines the leadership of our fair city, and that means more and more debates as the candidates battle for your attention—and your vote. Tonight CBC invites listeners to attend a live radio broadcast of Visions for the City, a debate hosted by Matt Galloway in which the candidates are invited to share their visions of Toronto’s future. The Toronto Community Foundation’s 2010 Vital Signs Report will kick off the proceedings, with an audience question and answer period to follow. Sure, the topic may be vague, but the newly pared down four-man lineup should have no trouble finding hot button issues to argue over. Get more municipal election coverage from Torontoist here. The Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West), 7:30–9:30 p.m., FREE (with limited seating).