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].
Dancehall/soul/indie amalgam Bonjay perform tonight at The Garrison. Photo and illustration by Hanna Hur.
Today, ring in the start of the hockey season at Yonge-Dundas Square, Yiddish maven Michael Wex reads from his new book, Dandyhorse launches its latest issue, and Bonjay brings its spice island sound to The Garrison.
SPORTS: The first Leafs game of the season is tonight, once again providing Torontonians with the opportunity to get rabidly excited about a team that hasn’t won anything in over forty years. But it’s not about winning, right? It’s about fun, and that’s what today’s NHL Face-Off festivities will offer in honour of the season opener against the Montreal Canadiens. From noon right up until the end of the game, Yonge-Dundas Square will host interactive hockey-knowledge games, prizes, special guest appearances from former NHL players, and musical performances from Hey Rosetta! (yay!), Down With Webster, and Hedley, as well as live CBC coverage broadcast on the Square’s enormous screens. Yonge-Dundas Square, 12 p.m. onwards, FREE.
WORDS: Alberta-born, Toronto-based writer Michael Wex, himself descended from Polish Rebbes, was established as a sage of the Yiddish movement in 2005 with Born to Kvetch, a hilarious history of the language. This summer, he released a novel, The Frumkiss Family Business, an epic, comic family saga reminiscent of Mordecai Richler and Philip Roth and set in Toronto’s Bathurst Manor. This afternoon, Wex will read from the novel at what is probably Toronto’s Jewiest public library, the Barbara Frum branch, as part of the Toronto Public Library’s eh List Author Series. Barbara Frum Library (20 Covington Road), 2–3:30 p.m., FREE.
LAUNCH: Sure, some of us may be putting our bicycles in storage soon, but luckily we have Dandyhorse to keep us in the pedalling spirit until springtime rolls around. The entirely volunteer-driven cycling magazine launches its latest issue tonight at Parts and Labour. The new issue features a mayoral-election cheat sheet, a new comic by Chimo Chan, photos from Elicser and John Lee, and the first in a series of cycling-memoir essays, this time from Toronto author and journalist Richard Poplak. The launch will feature door prizes (the literal kind) and, like last year, pants are optional. Parts and Labour (1566 Queen Street West); 8 p.m.; PWYC, magazines $6.
MUSIC: With a repertoire that draws from dancehall beats, R&B grooves, and indie aesthetic, Bonjay is what all the cool kids are listening to these days. The band consists of Alanna Stuart on vocals and Pho on beats and effects, and its name comes from Grenada, where spice island slang transformed the French for “good god” (“bon dieu”) into Bonjay. Tonight, the duo launch their highly anticipated album, Broughtupsy, at The Garrison, with electro-soul outfit New Look opening and DJ Kevin Hegge in attendance. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $10.