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Coveted designs at last year’s Interior Design Show. Photo by Leftist from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
Today’s Urban Planner marks the beginning of a few days of design indulgence with the 2011 Interior Design Show; art gallery openings reflecting on urban life; and a few indie kids try to win Gene Simmons’ heart—or at least get him to open up his wallet!
DESIGN: The thirteenth annual Interior Design Show/IDS11 will showcase more than three hundred exhibitors within a wide range of design disciplines. The event kicks off today with the Conversations in Design symposium, featuring discussions with influential designers, such as Robert Fabricant of frog design, Jason Bruges of Jason Bruges Studio, and Douglas Coupland. Later tonight, in addition to a preview of the fantastical displays of usable art, there will also be a party where you can mingle with the movers and shakers of the design world. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), symposium, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., $75–$250; preview and party 7–11 p.m., $55–$150 (VIP tickets).
GALLERY: The Show & Tell Gallery, a site for contemporary artwork, is hosting two openings inspired by urban life. Ryan Dineen will be presenting his third solo show for the gallery, At This Juncture, which features a series of cityscape paintings that draw heavily upon his personal experiences growing up in an urban setting. Matthew Janisse’s second exhibit for the gallery, Residue, focuses more on the decay of the city, marked by both nature and man-made circumstance. Both shows run until February 20. Show & Tell Gallery (1161 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Sometime last year, Gene Simmons appeared on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos announcing his love for Canadian music and stating that he wants to cash in on the action. He’s still searching for that elusive act that will make him even more money, and so tonight he’s slated to be at Cherry Cola’s to check out local acts Inner City Elegance, Eleven Past One, and Courage My Love. Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Cabaret and Lounge (200 Bathurst Street), doors at 6 p.m., $5.