Urban Planner: May 16, 2012
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Urban Planner: May 16, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: catch an evening of shorts with a Mission Impossible theme, support a great cause at the Transforming Faces fundraiser, celebrate the life and work of June Callwood at "It's All About Kindness Day," and rock out to Maps & Atlases' latest release.

Maps & Atlases. Photo by Drew Reynolds.

FILM: It’s Wednesday and you’re already getting excited for the long weekend, so it’s understandable that you can’t keep your focus for long. That’s no problem, because NFB Mediatheque has a line-up of short films that are just long enough that you won’t lose interest. Today’s theme is Mission Impossible, meaning the films’ subjects will range from an inescapable water tank, to a subway car, to an impossible mother. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $4–$6.

FUNDRAISER: Get your chequebooks ready for a silent auction tonight in support of a great cause. Beautiful Before and After is a silent auction fundraiser for Transforming Faces, with an evening of eating, drinking, and bidding in support of a charity that raises money to treat children overseas affected by cleft lip and palate. The event is being hosted by Canada AM’s Bev Thomson. 68th floor of First Canadian Place (100 King Street West), 6 p.m., $75 (a portion is eligible for a tax receipt).

CELEBRATION: In case you didn’t get the memo, today is “It’s All About Kindness Day” by official mayoral proclamation. The day is in honour of June Callwood, a journalist, author, and activist, who founded over 50 social organizations. The mayoral proclamation encourages Torontonians to emulate the late Callwood’s way of life by making a difference through kind thoughts and acts. An evening celebration with speakers and music is being organized by Parler Fort, Fort York National Historic Site’s discussion series. The event will also showcase the new city park named in her honour, as well as a recently released book titled It’s All About Kindness: Remembering June Callwood. Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard), 7:30 p.m., $10 (FREE for students).

MUSIC: Chicago indie rockers (or math rockers) Maps & Atlases are making a stop in Toronto to promote their latest album, Beware and Be Grateful. The sophomore album has received positive reviews, with the The A.V. Club claiming the “band injects just enough focus and fluidity to make the songs fun, without compromising to the point of becoming another arty, African-inspired Vampire Weekend rip-off.” Joining them onstage tonight are Zechs Marquise and Chang-A-Lang. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $11.50–$13.

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