Urban Planner: February 25, 2011
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Urban Planner: February 25, 2011

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The ladies of Betty Burke release their debut EP, Dirty Mouth of the St Lawrence River, tonight at the Holy Oak Cafe, with guests Evening Hymns. Detail of a photo by Jennifer Rowsom.

In today’s Urban Planner: a panel discussion about censorship and hate speech at the Reference Library, a group exhibition of repurposed threads from The Chosen Ones, Betty Burke release their debut EP, and Mantown throw an out-of-control bachelor party for a long-time married man.

DISCUSSION: PEN Canada is presenting this evening’s panel discussion on hate speech, free speech, and what lies between in an event titled “What We Talk About When We Talk About Hate.” Moderated by our hero Steve Paikin, the panel includes experts on law, human rights, broadcasting, philosophy, and ethics. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., $10.
SALE: Once a month, the Shaw Gallery hosts a weekend vintage-clothing group exhibition called The Chosen Ones, selecting some of Toronto’s best young designers and clothing “repurposers” to participate. This weekend’s vendors include regulars like Chosen and Leilanni Todd, and new vendors like the Muttonhead Collective. A special meet-and-greet and cocktail gathering will happen tonight for those who want to get a preview of the stylish items on sale Saturday and Sunday. Shaw Gallery (107 Shaw Street), 6 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: We premiered their first video earlier this month and mentioned their upcoming debut EP release; now, Betty Burke‘s big night has come. The three lovely ladies will be joined by openers Evening Hymns, who also have a gorgeous debut video under their belts (which they don’t wear in the video—it’s arguably NSFW). Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: The Mantown guys are always looking for an excuse to party, so it matters little to them that it’s been sixteen years since guest of honour Kevin Frank was married. They’ve decided since he didn’t get a proper stag party then, they’re going to throw him an improvised bash tonight. Games, booze, merriment, and strippers are reportedly in the cards. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $5.