In today's Urban Planner: Close out the first month of the year by checking out a panel on design and the media; attending a fundraiser and CD-release party for a compilation album that's raising money for War Child Canada; and seeing Daniel Stolfi's new comedy about bad theatre.
DISCUSSION: How does the role of design change alongside an evolving audience and new forms of media? RGD Ontario and the Design Exchange will examine that topic tonight—as part of Design Week at the DX—at a panel discussion called The Evolving Visual Consumer. Panellists will include Bev Forster, John Furneaux, Adrian Norris, Kaye Puhlmann, and Mikey Richardson, who will each share their take from their respective sectors. Design Exchange Trading Floor (234 Bay Street), 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., $10–$15.
MUSIC FUNDRAISER: A number of Canadian artists are joining forces to support War Child Canada. Impressionable Youth Media has put together a 45-minute compilation album called Sound Affects, with all proceeds from sales going to support the cause. The track list features songs from In-Flight Safety, Wildlife, Hands & Teeth, Brett Caswell, The Elwins, and many others. The CD-release party takes place tonight with performances by some of the contributors. Ticket sales go to War Child. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 8 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: You may have heard great things about Daniel Stolfi’s newest work, A Really Bad Play, after workshop presentations of the show last year received rave reviews. (Sam Mooney said he laughed so hard “my stomach was sore at the end.“) The show features Stolfi (a Canadian Comedy Award winner), Jessie Gabe, Shawn Ahmed, Ryan Allen, and Trevor Small, and runs from today until Saturday. The Pia Bouman Theatre (6 Noble Street), 8:30 p.m., $15–$20.
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