Urban Planner: November 23, 2011
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Urban Planner: November 23, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: random acts of science take over the streets; the CBC kicks off the 2012 edition of its literature competition, Canada Reads; the Design Exchange honours design excellence at its annual awards; and indie-pop singer Jenn Grant plays at Hugh's Room.

Jian Ghomeshi at Canada Reads 2010. He officially unveils the 2012 edition today. Photo by {a href=http://www.flickr.com/ardenstreet/4150999874/} ardenstreet{/a} from the {a href=http://www.flickr.com/groups/torontoist/}Torontoist Flickr Pool {/a}

SCIENCE: You thought you left science behind after Grade 9 biology, but today’s the day you may come face to face with the past. Amgen Canada and Let’s Talk Science will be making their way around the city conducting “Random Acts of Science,” to spread the word about science education. If you’re in the Union Station, First Canadian Place, or Yonge-Eglinton areas, you may get a quick refresher on how to make “hot” ice or learn how to get cornstarch to dance. Various locations, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.

LITERATURE: The CBC is launching the next edition of its annual literature competition today. The 2012 version, called Canada Reads: True Stories, will focus on non-fiction titles, with Jian Ghomeshi introducing the 10 books and celebrity panellists. The Canadian books on this year’s list range from a memoir to the story of a man-eating tiger, by authors such as Roméo Dallaire and Ken Dryden. CBC Broadcast Centre Main Atrium (250 Front Street West), 12 p.m., FREE.

DESIGN: It’s awards night at the Design Exchange, with a dinner ceremony to unveil the winners in design excellence. The 20th edition of Canada’s National Design Exchange Awards will recognize the work of Canadian designers and their clients, and the evening will also include the official launch of the Winner’s Exhibition. The 50 winning projects will be on display until February 26. Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), 6 p.m., $150–$175.

MUSIC: Nova Scotia–based singer-songwriter Jenn Grant is playing in Toronto tonight, and if you missed her at NXNE this year, now’s your chance to see her live. Grant is a current nominee for one of CBC Radio 3’s Bucky Awards for best vocals; she released her most recent album, titled Honeymoon Punch, at the beginning of the year and it has received strong reviews. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), 8:30 p.m., $20–$25.

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