Urban Planner: August 4, 2011
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Urban Planner: August 4, 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].

Tommy Taylor’s You Should Have Stayed Home is a retelling of his G20 experience. Photo courtesy of Praxis Theatre and The Original Norwegian.

In Today’s Urban Planner: celebrating queer and trans communities with beer and Ace of Base; SummerWorks kicks off with an adaptation of a harrowing G20 experience, two retellings of ancient myths, and an opening-night party; our city’s castle turns 100 years old; a kickoff for a poetry odyssey; and Atom Egoyan dispenses nuggets of wisdom.

FESTIVAL: The Queer Beer Festival is the first of its kind in North America, celebrating the queer and trans communities and at the same time celebrating Canada’s fascination with beer. Throw Ace of Base into the mix, and now you’ve got a festival! (Read more about it here.) Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place (210 Princes’ Boulevard), 4 p.m.–10 p.m., $38.50–$48.50.
SUMMERWORKS: You Should Have Stayed Home is an adaptation of actor Tommy Taylor’s Facebook note on his arrest and detainment during the G20 summit. Playing on the first day of the SummerWorks Festival, this is a critical and comedic look at how he was detained for an entire day without being charged. Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 5 p.m., $15. Also worth checking out tonight—in addition to our top 10 picks at this year’s festival—are Hero and Leander, a new musical about two mythic star-crossed lovers (shortlisted for the 2010 RBC Tarragon Under 30 National Playwriting Competition) in its first production after years of workshopping, Eurydice, another update on an ancient myth with names like Justin Rutledge and Elly Ray Hennessey, and a kick-off party with bands such as Raoul and the Big Time, the Elwins, and Modern Superstitions. The MOCCA Courtyard (952 Queen Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
BIRTHDAY BBQ: It’s a little strange that just 100 years ago, someone decided to build the only full-sized castle in North America. While the castle’s legacy is different than what Sir Henry Pellatt would have liked, it is still amazing that somehow Toronto ended up with a castle. The Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma is holding a Grand Summer BBQ to celebrate the centennial of the castle, with a cocktail reception, multi-course BBQ dinner, live music, and dance. 1 Austin Terrace), 6 p.m., $39.
POETRY: The Fish Quill Poetry Boat Tour, a rather unusual and interesting poetry tour, consists of eight poets travelling the Grand River by canoe and dispensing poetry along the way from August 5 to 13. Eight performers will take four canoes and paddle their way from Elora to Six Nations Grand River Territory, stopping at various towns along the way to give free public readings in cafés, galleries, and local heritage sites. Appropriately, they are kicking off their tour with a launch at the Boat in Kensington Market. The Boat (262 Augusta Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
TALK: In Summer School Presents: Atom Egoyan, the critically acclaimed filmmaker will be giving an informal talk about his work, his creative process, and what’s on his agenda. It’s part of the Drake Hotel’s talk series that gives audiences a chance to hear from some of the city’s most influential creative people. Lounge, Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.