Urban Planner: May 11, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 11, 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].

Emily Haines of Metric. Photo by Kate Yang-Nikodym, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Today in Toronto: a literary festival for kids, a fundraiser for CAMH featuring George Stroumboulopoulos and members of Metric, an event that’s all about revenge, and a post-opera boot camp concert.

LITERATURE: If you notice an onslaught of people in the Queens Quay area today, don’t worry; it’s not the sudden arrival of busloads of summer tourists who have been waiting for good weather. Rather, it’s the fifth annual Forest of Reading Festival of Trees, which is Canada’s largest children’s literary festival. The two-day event welcomes more than 8,000 readers to Harbourfront Centre for a variety of activities, including ceremonies and ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers, which features authors Matt Beam, Brandon Mull, David Ward, and Tim Wynne-Jones in reading and Q&A events. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., $13.
FUNDRAISER: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health will host the UnMasked After Party tonight to raise money for Canada’s largest care provider for people with mental health issues and addictions. The party will feature emcee George Stroumboulopoulos, and Emily Haines and James Shaw of indie band Metric will perform an acoustic set. More than 700 food, music, and art lovers are expected to come together for the event, which will also include a live art auction with pieces by Douglas Coupland, Edward Burtynsky, and Charles Pachter. 99 Sudbury Street, 6:00 p.m., $150.
LITERATURE: They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but we think it’s served even better as a free event with vengeful duets, staged readings, and more. This evening, Coach House Books and Sean Dixon present Revenge Night in Kensington in honour of the publication of his new work, The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn. The novel, which is set in the Kensington Market area, examines ideas of vengeance, grudges, and forgiveness set against a backdrop of gentrification and the ensuing battle between a young rose seller and a building developer. Michael Winter and Christine Pountney will sing the vengeful duet, Sheila Heti and Michael McManus will perform a reading, Bob Wiseman will perform a revenge song, and Andrew Kaufman will supply some vengeful anecdotes. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 8:00 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Future opera stars have spent the past week attending an opera boot camp in Toronto, and the top 11 performers get to show off their chops tonight during an “evening of arias” at the Opera Week Toscanini Celebration Concert. The singers have been intensely preparing with Vincenzo Scalera of La Scala and Joan Dornemann of the Metropolitan Opera for the concert that celebrates the 65th anniversary of the reopening of La Scala by legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini. George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street) 8:00 p.m., $25–$35.