Urban Planner: April 21, 2011
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Urban Planner: April 21, 2011

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].

Chewstick Collective members Derek Simmons, on bass, and Chris Finsness, on guitar, performing at the Spinning Wheel, Bermuda, June 5, 2010. Photo by Nick Kozak/Torontoist.

In today’s Urban Planner: multitask by going to a picnic and checking out the just reopened Evergreen Garden Market; watch environmental films, hear a local singer-songwriter, and talk about nuclear power, all in one place; see some student art; take in some Bermudan art and poetry; or listen to solo performances from musicians across the country.

CELEBRATION: In anticipation of Earth Day on Friday, Evergreen Brick Works is kicking off its 20th anniversary with a series of Earth Day activities. This is its platinum year of “making the world more livable” and want you to join in creating the world’s longest picnic table. Enjoy the BBQ on offer or bring your own picnic, spend the day outdoors listening to live music, and see the reopening of the Evergreen Garden Market, hosted by Breakfast Television’s Frankie Flowers. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), 5 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Another pre–Earth Day event is a presentation of Earth Keepers: A Survival Guide for a Planet in Peril by Sylvie Van Brabant, along with two short films on nuclear power. This is part of the monthly MINT Film Festival, where thought-provoking Canadian films will be shown along with a full schedule of musical guests, speakers, and a Q&A session rounding out each screening. April’s musical act will be Mark Sepic and presenter Anna Tilman from the Institute of Concern for Public Health will be speaking about the “Effects of Nuclear Power on Public Health.” Rainbow Cinema Market Square (80 Front Street East), 6 p.m. pre-screening activities, 7 p.m. screening, $9-$10, students and seniors $7.
ART: The University of Guelph-Humber’s graduating media studies and image arts cohort will be showcasing their photographic artwork tonight in 20/20. This year’s theme is the idea that our interpretation of the future can colour our recollection of the past. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC/POETRY: Wishing that spring would hurry up and make its way to the city? The Chewstick Foundation, a Bermuda-based performing arts organization, is sharing its tropical vibe through eclectic live music and poetry. Dedicated to breaking down social barriers and providing opportunities for storytellers and creative minds to present their work, this weekend they are showcasing 12 performers whose talents range from folk to reggae to spoken word to soul. Running for three nights, you can catch them tonight at The Trane Studio (964 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: Mark Hamilton (Woodpigeon), Magali Meagher (The Phonemes), and Jon Janes (The Mountains and The Trees) are all playing solo shows tonight as part of their Ribbon Rail Review: Crossing Canada by Rail tour. Hailing from their respective cities of Calgary, Toronto, and Corner Brook, they are travelling and playing across Canada to prove that it is possible to tour the country and hit smaller towns such as Peterborough in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 10 p.m., $10.