Urban Planner: July 28, 2011
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Urban Planner: July 28, 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].

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Rae Spoon. Photo courtesy of JJ Levine.


In today’s Urban Planner: watch films that are so bad they’re almost good and help raise money for SickKids Hospital; Rae Spoon and Gentlemen Reg bring their folk electronic sounds to the Tranzac; and Phantogram just keeps increasing its Canadian fan base.

FILM: The Defending the Indefensible film series is a double bill of films that upon release were ridiculed by reviewers and critics but are now cult classics. The night starts off with the film Equilibrium, where Christian Bale tries to deal with a world where feelings are illegal. The film series’ curator, Andrew Parker, will provide non-constructive criticism and commentary while VP of the series, Sasha James, will attempt to defend the film. Then Ghostbusters II will screen while Matt Brown of the One Minute Film Festival and Torontoist’s very own John Semley will debate the merits of the film as a 1980s classic. All proceeds go to the SickKids Hospital. Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), Equilibrium 7 p.m., Ghostbusters II 9:30 p.m., single film $10, double bill $15.
MUSIC: Love is a Hunter, Rae Spoon’s new album, shifts away from his prairie-driven folk roots to a more twitch-driven electronic sound, though it maintains his introspective lyrics. He plays with another strong drum loop and folk-blues rocker, Gentlemen Reg. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., $10 advance, $12 at the door.
MUSIC: If psychedelic space rock is more your sound, then upstate New York duo Phantogram is just what the doctor ordered. Touring their debut album, Eyelid Movies, they’ve been to Toronto for at least four or five visits, each time attracting a much bigger crowd. In fact, this show has been moved from the Hoxton to the much larger Mod Club. Also on the bill are the Glitch Mob and Com Truise. Mod Club (722 College Street), 10 p.m., $20.

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