Urban Planner: May 31, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 31, 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].

It’s time to talk about Toronto’s relationship with graffiti. Like in this FLIP HOP video from Che Kothari on Vimeo.

Today in Toronto: a closing party for the CONTACT Photography Festival, an opening party for the Worldwide Short Film Festival, and a City Hall community summit to discuss the hot topic of graffiti.

PARTY: For the past couple of weeks Toronto has been a haven for shutterbugs and photography fans alike at the CONTACT Festival, sponsored by a certain bank which has been slapping its name on everything. This year’s McLuhan-centric fest gave us plenty of amazing exhibits to ogle, but like all good things, it must come to an end. Fortunately, like the best things, it shall do so with a big wrap party. Festival staff, artists, and guests will all congregate to close CONTACT on a high note, and also to hear the announcement of the BMW Exhibition Prize recipient. Spoke Club (600 King Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Good things come in small packages—as do funny things, scary things, sweet things, heartbreaking things, and so forth—at the Worldwide Short Film Festival. The week of bite-sized big-screen stories kicks off tonight with a showcase of award-winning short films from around the world, as well as a gala reception. If there’s anything half as good as their Charlie Bit My Finger tributes, then it’s bound to be an entertaining evening. Check out our humble recommendations for the rest of the fest here. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., $20.
SUMMIT: Graffiti has been a bit of a hot-button topic at City Hall since our illustrious and oft-illustrated mayor declared war on tags and murals citywide. The graffiti community was quick to return fire, putting both sides at a bit of an impasse. The City of Toronto—led by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17, Davenport)—has decided to put down the pressure washer and open lines of communication by holding a community summit on the subject. Speakers will include artists, curators, business owners, and Rob Ford’s special adviser on the arts, Jeff Melanson, as they explore both sides of the controversial issue. The event will also be available for live streaming. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.