Urban Planner: August 11, 2011
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Urban Planner: August 11, 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].

Jason Nunes of the Meligrove Band. Photo by Tsar Kasim from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

In Today’s Urban Planner: a panel discussion about the future of the book industry in Canada, a musical launch for the Bicycle Film Fest, an auction with proceeds going to provide affordable bikes for people around the world, and more awesome offerings from SummerWorks.

BOOKS: The Design Exchange in collaboration in RGD Ontario presents “Book: Burning Questions,” a panel discussion about the future of books and the book industry in Canada. Experts in the publishing, graphic design, and other cultural fields will talk about the future of the book and publishing industry in the face of digitalization, access, cultural shifts in storytelling, and new trends in book design. This panel coincides with the “Out of Sorts: Print Culture and Book Design” exhibit at the Design Exchange, which runs until August 21. Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), 6:30 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: As part of the Bicycle Film Fest, there will be a Bikes Rock kick-off launch party celebrating, what else, bikes! The festivities will include live music from local power-pop outfit The Meligrove Band, along with Octoberman, SPIN, and Christien Summers. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $12–$15.
ART: ArtCycle 2011 is a public art action from which 75 per cent of the proceeds will go towards Bikes Without Borders, an organization dedicated to bicycle-empowerment projects aiming to provide access to affordable bicycles to everyone on the planet; the other quarter of the proceeds will go towards the artists themselves. There will be live music by Tonella, Nate Gerber, and Tony Desmarteau. London Tap House (250 Adelaide Street West), doors at 8 p.m., $10 online or $12 at the door.
SUMMERWORKS: The annual SummerWorks Theatre Festival continues to bring edgy independent theatre and music acts to audiences eager to get a sneak peek at next year’s biggest hits. Check out our top 10 theatre picks and our music series guide for our suggestions. Tonight, see Perhaps in a Hundred Years, a science-fiction play about three friends awaiting the future while stuck in outer space, or else check out Third Floor, a modern take on a Hitchcockian mystery, involving a brand-new condo, a prank, and neighbours who become partners in crime. The Music Series features Jennifer Castle and Bruce Peninsula tonight.