Urban Planner: March 25, 2011
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Urban Planner: March 25, 2011

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Shimmy along with The Balconies tonight at the Mod Club. Photo courtesy of Audioblood.

Today’s Urban Planner has a little something for everyone: First Nations stories about the past and future; holistic ways to live your chaotic modern life; music to clap along with; an adaptation of a Shakespearean classic; eclectic art; and a songstress who does her thing—Tom Waits style.

FESTIVAL: The Toronto Storytelling Festival is a ten-day celebration of the ancient oral art of native storytelling. This year’s theme is “The Seventh Generation: Past, Present and Future,” inspired by the belief that we should consider how our actions will affect the next seven generations when making decisions and choices. There will be a range of performances, workshops, and forums relating to the First Nations philosophy and storytelling. Runs until April 3. Various locations and times, FREE–$200 workshops.
HARMONY: The Body, Soul and Spirit Expo returns from its five-year hiatus from Toronto today, and runs until Sunday. Focusing on the interconnected physical, emotional, and spiritual, it is for those interested in creating a healthier, more mentally conscious and holistic lifestyle. Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Boulevard), 3–10 p.m., $12 or $25 for a three-day pass.
MUSIC: The Balconies and Sweet Thing are two Ontario bands who can bring an automatic grin to your face and somehow get you shimmying and clapping along with their infectiously catchy pop-rock tunes. And tonight, they’re playing back to back, so make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes on. Mod Club (722 College Street), doors at 6 p.m., $17.50.
STAGE: Toronto/Montreal collective Idée Fixe creates Lear, an adaptation of the Bard’s classic, King Lear, about a king who needs his children to prove their love for him and banishes them when they cannot do this. This retelling focuses on the titular character’s act of self-sabotage and the reasons we do things we know we shouldn’t. Runs today and tomorrow. Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay), 8:30 p.m., $12-$15.
ART FUNDRAISER: SYNTHESIS brings together some of the city’s most innovative artists in all disciplines to raise funds for this autumn’s Queen West Art Crawl. The eclectic performances and exhibits include a clown artist, a short musical inspired by textile art, a PowerPoint comedy lecture illustrated by our own Brett Lamb, and much more. Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement (6 Noble Street), registration at 7 p.m., performances at 8 p.m., $80.
MUSIC: Elana McMurtry and The Palomino take the stage for two sets at the metal wonderland that is Iner Souster’s gallery and performance space. The comfy mismatched rocking chairs and sofas lining the space are the perfect place to relax and see the bluesy, jazzy chanteuse. The Sixth (1642 Queen Street West), doors at 9:30 p.m., $5 Juno wristbands or PWYC.