Urban Planner: November 25, 2010
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Urban Planner: November 25, 2010

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Pat Stanley’s paintings, on display until December 5, envision Toronto’s concrete architecture as a cornerstone of its future natural landscape. Image courtesy of the artist.

Today in Toronto, we’ve got the return of the One of a Kind Show, an art exhibit inspired by Toronto’s concrete architecture, a reading from literary superstar Derek Walcott, and the autumn edition of the Naked Frames video festival.

CRAFT: The return of the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale is as sure a sign as any that the holiday season has arrived. The queen of craft shows, running from today until December 5, is the perfect place to get all that pesky shopping out of the way, with over eight hundred artisans hocking their wares. From handcrafted wooden toys to unique textiles to an enormous variety of artisan foods, garnishes, and preserves to sample (seriously—don’t eat before you go), this is one holiday event that is not to be missed. Like all smart shopping venues, the endless hall of crafts is windowless and clock-free, so don’t be surprised if you emerge from its depths and find out that it’s January. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Boulevard); 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; $10–$12/adults, $6.50/seniors and students, kids under twelve FREE.
ART: Concrete buildings don’t make many people’s hearts start beating faster, but look around and you’ll notice that their clean, institutional lines make up a fair chunk of Toronto’s landscape. Inspired by the book Concrete Toronto, Pat Stanley’s paintings foresee a bleak future for Toronto’s concrete architecture, fusing past and future in a vision of these buildings being taken over by the natural world. Her pieces represent iconic structures such as New City Hall, Rochdale College, and the Gardiner Expressway, starkly superimposed on a canvas of natural chaos. Stanley’s show runs until December 5, with an opening reception tonight. Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (984 Queen Street West), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: What’s that whooshing sound you hear? It’s the sound of book nerds and academics from across the city high-tailing it to Ryerson for an appearance by literary superstar Derek Walcott. Born in Saint Lucia, Walcott is known for poetry and plays that interweave strands of mythology, magical realism, and postcolonialism. His work, which earned him the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, echoes the syncretic nature of Caribbean culture, fusing elements of African, Asian, and European traditions. Tonight, he’ll read, speak, and answer questions, but be sure to arrive early, because seating is limited. Ryerson University, Library Building, room LIB-72 (350 Victoria Street); 7–9 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m.; FREE.
VIDEO: Quarterly video festival Naked Frames returns for its autumn edition tonight, once again paying homage to “all things cool and all types of weird.” The festival was designed to honour videos and animations made with little to no budget, and tonight’s edition features contributions by Neil Kingma, Mike Geiger, Diego Maclean, and more. The evening will feature live music from Gentleman Reg, and a top secret after-party/meet-‘n’-greet will take place after the screenings, with the location only announced at the event. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue); 9 p.m.; $10/regular, $8/members, $5/students.

CORRECTION: NOVEMBER 25, 2010, 10:40 AM Rather than Concrete Toronto, this article originally mistakenly called Coach House’s book about architecture Virtual Concrete—and described Pat Stanley’s work and show based on the book as “his” work and show, when Stanley is, in fact, a woman. Torontoist regrets the errors.