Urban Planner: March 6, 2012
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Urban Planner: March 6, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: head over to a free screening of graffiti documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, followed by a talk with two local graffiti artists; raise money for Toronto's First Post Office and catch a show about the War of 1812; listen to an evening of poetry at Paupers Pub; and catch folk singer Doug Tielli playing songs from his debut solo album.

Doug Tielli. Photo courtesy of the artist.

FILM AND TALK: The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Free After Three program (free entry for high school students after 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday) is presenting a screening of the graffiti documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. The Academy Award–nominated film is about a French man’s efforts to find and befriend Banksy—but in the end the camera ends up turned back on him. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Toronto graffiti artists Sean Martindale and Pascal Paquette. All of this is part of the AGO’s Toronto Now Series. Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall (317 Dundas Street West), 4 p.m.–6:30 p.m., FREE.

FUNDRAISER: Hearken back to the days of yore at an evening to raise funds for the Toronto’s First Post Office museum. Single Thread Theatre Company and the Town of York Historical Society are presenting Petticoats, Scoundrels and Soldiers: The Faces of 1812, a show with music and humour about the War of 1812 as seen through the eyes of some of its most important figures. St Lawrence Hall (157 King Street East), 7:30 p.m., $15–$25.

POETRY: Stop by Canada’s longest running poetry reading series tonight and listen in on three great poets. On stage this evening at the Art Bar poetry series will be Alessandra Naccarato, a two-time finalist in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word; Jane Munro, a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award; and English poet Rob Welch. Paupers Pub (539 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., FREE (donations accepted).

MUSIC: Toronto folk singer Doug Tielli spent a few months on Toronto Island, where he enjoyed life at a slower pace and recorded songs for his recently released debut solo album, Swan Sky Sea Squirrel. You may not have heard Tielli’s solo work before, but he’s a fixture in the local scene as part of acts such as The Silt, Drumheller, and The Reveries. Holy Oak (1241 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.

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