Urban Planner: May 2, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 2, 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].

The 2011 Harold Awards, given in memory of notorious theatre patron and heckler Harold Kandel, will fete new (and unsuspecting) inductees tonight at the El Mocambo. Detail of a painting by Kirsten Johnson.

In today’s Urban Planner: VOTE in the federal election, celebrate Toronto’s most passionate independent theatre contributors at the 2011 Harold Awards, and get spastic and silly with the merrymakers of YACHT.

VOTE: The event everyone over the age of 18 should make time for today. Exercise your democratic right and civic duty to vote in the federal election (don’t forget, your employer is legally required to give you three hours off if you’re working while the polls are open.) Still trying to get the lay of the land? Our politics hub has a riding-by-riding guide to Toronto, and a full set of issue primers that compare the major parties’ platforms. Throughout the day we’ll be posting additional coverage, including a liveblog that will begin as news starts to come in this evening. 9:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Elections Canada has full voting information.
THEATRE: Harold Kandel passed away in 1994, but the passionate theatre patron—who was notorious for his habit of heckling performers according to the content and quality of the show—is annually commemorated at the Harold Awards. “Haroldees” are selected by the previous year’s winners for their contributions to independent theatre in Toronto, and are announced at the boisterous awards ceremony, which tonight will feature election updates as well as snacks, drinks, and surprises. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: Portland, Oregon’s YACHT, a “genre-and-media-spanning life project” known for their eccentric videos and snazzy beats, roll into town tonight, with openers Light Asylum. Their oddball antics and live show might be just the thing to help you forget all the tension and histrionics of the last month’s election campaign. Lee’s Palace (429 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. (doors), $16.

CORRECTION: May 2, 10:11 AM This post originally including a listing for a fundraising event in support of Drum Artz Canada. Organizers have decided to reschedule the event due to tonight’s election, and so we have removed it to avoid confusion.