Urban Planner: September 14, 2011
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Urban Planner: September 14, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: it's not meatless Monday, but head to Revue Cinema for meat-free film and food; visit the opening reception of a photo exhibit about the GM van plant closure; catch a play called PEOPLE4CHANGE about people trying to do good; listen as Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers take to the Drake stage; and, oh yeah, there's this festival called TIFF and we can help you make your picks.

Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers. Photo by Clare Waqué.

FILM AND FOOD: Missing last weekend’s vegetarian festival already? Fear not! Tonight, The Epicure’s Revue film and food series goes meat-free with a documentary called Forks over Knives, which explores the link between diet and illness. You can satisfy your appetite at the event with samples of vegetarian and vegan food from Soup ‘n Such Café, crudacafe, Blue Plate, and others. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 6:30 p.m., $10–$12.

PHOTO: Steam Whistle Brewing is hosting the “Extended Family Photo Exhibition,” which pays tribute to the community at the General Motors van plant that officially closed in Scarborough in 1993. The exhibition—which officially opens tonight with a reception—showcases the sense of loss in the community and amongst the 2,800 former employees following the closure. Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: LemonTree creations brought you Still Life at SummerWorks—one of our top picks—and for the first time the group has become a presenting company to bring you work from other local companies and collectives. Their first pick is PEOPLE4CHANGE by TheThem, which opens tonight and runs until September 24. The play follows three young professionals as they try to make a difference after witnessing a traumatic event. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $15–$20.

MUSIC: East Coast musicians Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers hit the stage tonight to preview their upcoming album, In The Time Of The Great Remembering. Singer-songwriter Caplan’s raspy voice is backed by his band, featuring a “gypsy-esque arrangement of strings, woodwinds, piano, and banjo-rich hue of dark folk.” Also playing at the Drake this evening as part of the Audio Blood TIFF showcase are the Balconies and Sandman Viper Command. Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $10.

TIFF: In case you live under some sort of Toronto-sized rock and haven’t heard yet: the Toronto International Film Festival is on from September 8–18. We have full coverage of the fest, including loads of reviews and interviews, a survival guide, and other fun TIFF-y stuff to help make this TIFF the TIFF-iest TIFF that you ever TIFF’d.

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