In today's Urban Planner: light up the sky during a walk against leukemia and lymphoma, experience Toronto's first Dishcrawl along Queen Street West, check out ProArteDanza's newest dance performance, and listen in on readings by six authors at Coach House's fall launch.
FUNDRAISER: If you stumble upon an illuminated sky in the downtown core tonight, you may have come across the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light The Night Walk. The annual event—which raises money and awareness for blood cancer research—has supporters carrying illuminated balloons in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. David Pecaut Square (55 John Street), 5:30–9 p.m., FREE (participants raise money through pledges).
FOOD: You may have partaken in a pub crawl once or twice in your life, but chances are you’ve never experienced a food crawl. Dishcrawl—a startup in various North American cities—is hosting its first Toronto event, where food lovers can unite to explore a secret lineup of restaurants. The goal of the group is to connect participants to other foodies and introduce them to local restaurants and chefs. The inaugural edition will take place on Queen Street West, but the plan is to visit a new neighbourhood monthly. Queen Street West (location sent by email) (Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $39.
DANCE: ProArteDanza is unveiling its newest show, Season 2011, at Fleck Dance Theatre. The award-winning group will feature performances from a number of Toronto choreographers, including a world premiere from the National Ballet’s Guillaume Côté. Performers Johanna Bergfeldt, Valerie Calam, Marc Cardarelli, Tyler Gledhill, Louis Laberge-Côté, Ryan Lee, Marissa Parzei, Brendan Wyatt, and Mami Hata will showcase a mix of classical ballet and contemporary dance in the performance, which runs until Saturday. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $22–$39.
LITERATURE: Coach House Books is launching its Fall 2011 season with a celebration at the Dance Cave. There will be a mix of readings from novels and poetry collections from six authors, including Sina Queyras, Tristan Hughes, Rob Benvie, David McGimspey, Leigh Kotsilidis, and Jenny Sampirisi. Coach House claims the evening will be “like the best wedding ever, but with fantastic readings instead of the usual boring speeches and vows.” Dance Cave (Lee’s Palace) (529 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.
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