Urban Planner: March 22, 2012
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Urban Planner: March 22, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: a new art exhibition takes a look at structures in the Don River Valley, a cabaret recreates the songs of the Beach Boys, young musicians take on the work of famous composers, Ben Sures releases his debut CD, and Canadian Music Week continues.

A new exhibition looks at 'Mongrel Buildings' in the Don River Valley. Image by Lauren Poon.

ART: Now that it’s basically spring already, you might consider taking your bike for a ride down the wonderful Don Valley trail. You might also consider Mongrel Building—an exhibition of mongrel structures in the Don River Valley. The event takes a look at changes in the landscape and moments created by human activities. Gladstone Hotel, Art Bar (1214 Queen Street West), Opening reception, 7–10 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC/CABARET: Though we may have had to wait a good 40 years for the recently released Smile album, who can really complain when it comes to new Beach Boys music? For the fans out there, the latest installment of the Songbook Series looks to take the music of the Beach Boys and present it in cabaret format—where a variety of artists take the stage to recreate your favorite tunes (a full reinterpretation; not an acoustic cover). Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $15.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: March madness not your thing? Well, how about taking those interests to a more classical level with this programme of young musicians playing works by female composers. Join violinist Véronique Mathieu and pianist Stephanie Chua as they explore pieces from Clara Schumann, Kaija Saariaho, and Ana Sokolovic. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $21.50.

MUSIC: The John Lennon Songwriting Contest has spawned a winner in Ben Sures, who is releasing his CD, Gone to Bolivia The show features Don Kerr, Kathryn Rose, Meg Dolovich, and more. This gig sounds like a sures thing (okay, that was awful). Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK: Bands and films and comedians—oh my! Canadian Music Week is upon us again, filling our evenings from March 21 to 25 with acts from across the world. Check out our full coverage of the festival with daily picks, nightly reviews, band profiles, and other magical tidbits we pick up, and make the most of it. It is, after all, the first CMW in recent memory that maybe won’t require an umbrella, which is cause for celebration in and of itself.

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