Urban Planner: April 22, 2011
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Urban Planner: April 22, 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].

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Chameleon musician and sometime superhero Maylee Todd performs solo tonight at the Girls Rock Camp fundraiser at the Garrison. Photo by Ryan Szulc.


In today’s Urban Planner: take a (virtual) walk through the city at the ROM, observe the (virtual) weight of happiness (as expressed in movement), dance to real rock stars at the Girls Rock Club fundraiser, and see what’s virtually the worst film of the past decade (or even of all-time?), before it TEARS YOU APART!!!

TOUR: So you spend a lot of time in the downtown core, but you’ve never given much thought to the flora and fauna around you, save for when the weeds overrun your back porch, or the raccoons outsmart your latest pest-proof green bin? The ROM and the Toronto Botanical Garden have teamed up this April (it’s Nature Month, don’t you know?) and are offering a virtual tour, tonight only: Life in the City: A Nature Walk. Hosted by the Botanical Garden’s Liz Hood, the guided exhibit will take you through the downtown core, explaining the biodiversity of the land Toronto was built on—and what new life has flourished in our urban centre. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 6–8:30 p.m., FREE w/ half-price museum admission ($8–$12).
DANCE: Tonight, dancer Meagan O’Shea, the creative force behind popular public performance pieces like dance like no-one is watching, is presenting her first preview of her new solo show, The Atomic Weight of Happiness. The show runs all next month, with weekend performances only, featuring a rotating cast of other intriguing, physically expressive performers. Hub 14 (14 Markham Street), 8 p.m., $20–$25.
MUSIC: The ladies behind Girls Rock Camp (one half of all-star cover band Sheezer) are hosting a fundraiser tonight for their summer school for shreddin’ sisters. On the bill are Tomboyfriend, Planet Creature, and a particularly inspiring lady, Maylee Todd (playing solo, without her Pegwee Power boys). The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $10.
FILM: Filmmaker Tommy Wiseau has embraced how audiences have interpreted his 2003 self-made film The Room as an unintentional schlock comedy masterpiece, which could speak to his desire to entertain audiences (regardless of how they enjoy his work), or to recoup his costs (the $6-million film famously grossed less than $320 in its initial run). He’s appearing at all five of this weekend’s screenings; Torontoist‘s own John Semley (who has a profile of Wiseau which we’ll be publishing later today) will introduce tonight’s first screening. The Royal (608 College Street), 9:15 p.m & 11:59 p.m., $15.

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