Urban Planner: May 15, 2012
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Urban Planner: May 15, 2012

Today in Toronto: grab your kids and head to a children's reading extravaganza, catch some modern-day chamber music with PROJECT Trio, and celebrate Latin culture at a theatre festival.

PROJECT Trio. Photo courtesy of the performers.

LITERATURE: Canada’s biggest reading festival for children is back with a little something for kids of all ages. Forest of Reading Festival of Trees takes place over a two-day period and more than 8,000 readers will be checking out the action. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the festival’s Blue Spruce Award, Harbourfront Centre is featuring an exhibition with 65 artists that have been nominated throughout the years. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), various times and prices.

MUSIC: Chamber music isn’t for everyone, but if it has ever piqued your curiosity, there’s one group that may be just the ticket for you. PROJECT Trio is a high-energy, genre-bending ensemble that also happens to be a YouTube sensation, with more than 70 million views and 70 thousand subscribers to their channel. The trio is made up of beatbox flutist Greg Pattillo, cellist Eric Stephenson, and double bassist Peter Seymour. They are making a one-night-only stop at the Gladstone today. Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m. $10–$15.

FESTIVAL: Celebrate Latin Canadian and Latin American culture at a festival to honour Aluna Theatre’s 10th anniversary. Panamerican Routes (or Rutas Panamericanas) is a two-week theatre festival focusing on human rights, with themes including displacement, migration, violence, and revolution. It’s not all serious, though; tonight’s performance by Loco7 is called Urban Odyssey and features giant puppets depicting experiences of immigration to America. The festival is also running workshops and conference sessions alongside the performances. Theatre Passe Mureille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $30.

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