Urban Planner: May 9, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 9, 2011

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The founding members of Theatre 20 sing at the company launch at the Panasonic Theatre. Photo courtesy of Racheal McCaig Photography.

In today’s Urban Planner: saving the Fort York bridge, old-new photography tricks, Atom Egoyan in conversation, Theatre 20’s first concert, and Mantown’s hard drinking comedy at the Hard Luck Bar.

ACTIVISM: Councillors, supporters, and urban planners are still flabbergasted that the Fort York Pedestrian Cycle Bridge, three years in the planning and weeks away from starting construction, has been derailed by a last-minute objection by members of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. The bridge, which was supposed to be finished in time for next year’s War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations, could now be delayed for up to four years, if not canceled outright. A meeting to rally supporters, get letters signed, and get the project pushed through is scheduled for this evening, a short walk from where construction was set to begin. 15 Stafford Street, 6:30 p.m., FREE.
PHOTOGRAPHY: With the proliferation of digital cameras, the art of recording images with analog and more esoteric equipment is fast becoming a rare one. To launch the Alternative Process Photography Symposium, and in conjunction with the CONTACT Photography Festival, tonight’s keynote address will be by Sam Wang, speaking on incorporating alternative methods into a digital photographer’s repertoire. A discussion will follow with noted shutterbugs Nigel Dickson, Sandy King, Ron Reeder, Bill Schwab, and Guillaume Zuili. 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst Street), 6:30 p.m., $25.
TALK: To launch the Festival of New Ideas and Creation 2011 at Canadian Stage, artistic director Matthew Jocelyn is sitting down to talk with one of Canada’s most accomplished directors, Atom Egoyan. He’ll be chatting with Jocelyn about his work and his upcoming production of Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender for Canadian Stage’s 2011–2012 season. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
SONG: Theatre 20, the powerhouse new Toronto-based musical theatre production company, is holding its first performance event tonight, entitled The Story Begins. It’s an evening of song selections from a diverse musical theatre repertoire, sung by some of Canada’s best known musical theatre performers, including company members Colm Wilkinson, Louise Pitre, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Tamara Bernier Evans, Eliza-Jane Scott, and Carly Street. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $59–$69.
COMEDY: The boys of Mantown usually chug a beer before their improv comedy set, so it’s a good thing there’s so many drink specials at the Hard Times at the Hard Luck comedy showcase. Besides the improvisers, there’ll be sketch from the Lusty Mannequins, and stand-up from Mark Debonis, who just won first prize (and $25,000) in the Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off. Hard Luck Bar (812 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $5.