Urban Planner: November 29, 2011
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Urban Planner: November 29, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: the CP Holiday Train is making a stop with musical entertainment for a good cause; Brick magazine is hosting a launch party for its 88th issue; and Kathryn Calder takes to the stage to promote her most recent album.

The CP Holiday Train stops in Toronto this evening. Photo courtesy of Canadian Pacific Rail.

FUNDRAISER: Chugging into town today is the annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. The train will get you into the holiday spirit with festive lights and musical entertainment—Toronto’s stop features Valdy and The Brothers Dubé—all while raising donations and funds for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Since 1999 the train has raised $5.6 million and 2.45 million pounds of food and this year it will make 130 stops in six provinces and eight states. CP Lambton Yard Office (750 Runnymede Road), 6:15 p.m., FREE (donations accepted).

LITERATURE: Brick magazine is celebrating the launch of its latest issue, Brick 88, with a party at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. This edition of the publication—which Annie Proulx called “the best literary publication in North America”—features selections from the Derek Walcott Archives, a chat between John Ralston Saul and would-be assassin Vaso Cubrilovic, and Jonathan Lethem discussing his experience with micropsia. The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (120 St. George Street), 7 p.m., $5.

MUSIC: After stints with the Immaculate Machine and the New Pornographers, Kathryn Calder released her first solo work in 2010. Now she’s back with her sophomore album, Bright and Vivid, which has the maturing artist playing a mix of songs from electro-pop to more bluegrass style pieces and will showcase her work on stage at the Horseshoe Tavern tonight. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9:15 p.m., FREE.

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