Urban Planner: August 24, 2011
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Urban Planner: August 24, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: it’s a music-filled Wednesday in the city, so jam your backpack full of snacks and something to sit on for Dave Borins' picnic release party; Barry Manilow hits the stage at the BlackCreek Music Festival; Australian band the Little Stevies make a stop at Hugh's Room; and the War on Drugs are in town to promote their newest album.

The War on Drugs play the Drake tonight. Photo by Maryanne Louise.

MUSIC: Summer is coming to a close and our picnicking time is rapidly dwindling. Dave Borins must know it, because he’s scheduled a picnic party in the park to launch his new CD, The Room Lights Up, so grab some food and a blanket and head over to Trinity Bellwoods Park tonight. The singer-songwriter and his band will play acoustic versions of music from the album and will be joined by other Toronto artists from the roots music scene. Trinity Bellwoods Park (100 yards north of main entrance on Queen Street West), 8 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: If the sweet sound of Barry Manilow‘s voice is your thing—and with over 80 million records sold it’s a lot of people’s thing—you can visit the BlackCreek Music Festival tonight where Manilow will be performing with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. His new album, 15 Minutes, is influenced by Britney Spears and the joys and pitfalls of fame and fortune, but fear not long-time fans: Manilow still plays many of the classics that made him famous. Rexall Centre (1 Shoreham Drive), 8 p.m., $56.50–$141.25.

MUSIC: Australian alt-pop band the Little Stevies are on their first Canadian tour and are making a stop at Hugh’s Room. The band is made up of two sisters from Melbourne, Sibylla and Bethany Stephen, joined by friend and bassist Robin Geradts-Gill, and they will be playing music from their newest album, Attention Shoppers. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), 8:30 p.m., $10–$12.

MUSIC: American indie rock band The War on Drugs is set to play a show at the Drake tonight to promote their latest album, Slave Ambient, which has received early praise on this side of the border. The album is the band’s fifth release, and the tracks have been described as “hazy, slack (but somehow still epic) rock jams.” Also on stage tonight are Caveman and Porcelain Raft. The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $12.

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