Urban Planner: April 25, 2012
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Urban Planner: April 25, 2012

Today in Toronto: support the Red Door Family Shelter at an event full of music and poetry, get your fill of dance at one of two shows starting right next to each other, and listen in on Graydon James & the Young Novelists' newest work.

Pulga Muchochoma and Kaitlin Standeven rehearse Rivers. Photo by Guntar Kravis.

FUNDRAISER: Some Toronto ladies are taking up the mantle of Wonder Woman in the name of an important cause. Wonder Women IV is an evening of words and songs in support of the Red Door Family Shelter, which assists women who have been victims of domestic abuse. Tonight’s show will feature Second City vet Kat & the MP3, slam poet Cathy Petch, poet Lizzie Violet, and jazz/pop singer Arlene Paculan herself. The Central (603 Markham Street), 7:30 p.m., $10.

DANCE: Today is the world premiere of a new dance work based entirely on Toronto composer Ann Southam’s score, Rivers. Christopher House’s piece, also named Rivers, features ten dancers who will create a fluid counterpoint to the music. The score will be played live by Christina Petrowska Quilico, who is one of the most respected interpreters of Southam’s music. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $15–$40.

DANCE: If the piece above isn’t up your alley, then head right next door for another dance option. The three-time Dora-Award-nominated show, Paris1994/Gallery, will be on stage for four nights. The work, choreographed by D.A. Hoskins, uses dance to tell the story of two lovers as they “move from the lull of their shared history to the immediacy of the present in a rumination on longing, desire and our reconstructed pasts.” Featuring Hoskins, Tyler Gledhill, and Danielle Baskerville. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $15–$35.

MUSIC: If you’re looking for some folk music to liven up your hump day, head to The Garrison to catch Graydon James & the Young Novelists. The six member group is on tour to promote their upcoming album In The Year You Were Born, which is scheduled for a fall release. The group has been a touring machine the past few years, playing over 150 shows, including stops at Canadian Music Fest, Indie Week Toronto, and NXNE. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $7.

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