Urban Planner: May 13, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 13, 2011

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Canadian Stage’s Visionaries program throws a ritzy gala tonight in support of their community initiatives, inspired by opening-night backstage drama. Photo by Natalie Castellino.

In today’s (lucky Friday the 13th) Urban Planner: Miracle Fortress plays Soundscapes, an art exhibition on electronic surveillance, Visionaries throw a swank gala inspired by backstage drama, One Hundred Dollars release a new album, and the wisecrackers of Rap Battlezz bring clever rhymes and colourful characters back to Comedy Bar.

MUSIC: He played an exclusive invite-only show last night with Shad, and he’ll be back in Toronto in June with Junior Boys, but if you want a chance to see Graham Van Pelt recreate the brilliant songs on his Miracle Fortress albums up close and personal, you’ll want to catch his afternoon in-store today. Soundscapes (572 College Street), 4 p.m., FREE.
EXHIBITION: A new group exhibition, Cyber-Surveillance in Everyday Life, opens tonight at the InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, in conjunction with The New Transparency: Surveillance & Social Sorting. Eight artists and designers have drawn inspiration from the constant monitoring (some of it unintentional, some not) of our lives, primarily via online tools. InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre (9 Ossington Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Canadian Stage’s Visionaries, a group of under-40 theatre fans who help the company with its outreach and initiative programs, are throwing their third annual gala tonight. The theme is “backstage drama” (hence the title unScripted: Opening Night), and among the curators for the evening’s assorted performances and displays are Republic of Doyle star Allan Hawco, Rap City host Tyrone ‘T-RexXx” Edwards, and director Weyni Mengesha. There’s a big-ticket (to the tune of $250) VIP dinner at 7 p.m.; the main fundraising party gets underway at 8. One King West (1 King Street West), 8 p.m. (VIP dinner at 7 p.m.), $90.
MUSIC: Widely considered one of Toronto’s (if not Canada’s) best country acts, One Hundred Dollars is finally releasing their follow-up to the Polaris-nominated debut Forests of Tears tonight, a new LP titled Songs of Man (they previewed two songs for Southern Souls recently). The band will be joined by openers Nordic Nomadic, and followed by DJs Karen Mistress F and Dead Cops (VILE). The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), doors at 9 p.m. (first set at 9:30 p.m.), $12.
COMEDY: Last month at Rap Battlezz 13 (see the recap video), there were as many turns, heroes, and heels as at a WWE event, like leading rapper Docile (Thomas Rivas) “selling out” to Gary “I Own you all!!” Rideout Jr. For tonight’s Rap Battlezz 14, the newly corporate Docile will face challenger Killerette (Kayla Lorette) in the title bout; other match-ups include the insane Cannabill (Alex Tindal) vs. Actual Dracula (Jon Blair), and OliveSkin (Marco Moltisanti) vs. Da Psalm Bomb (Bob Kerr). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $8.