Urban Planner: May 7, 2012
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Urban Planner: May 7, 2012

In today's UP: the rock. paper. sistahz Festival's opening reception; Playwrights Canada Press celebrates Canadian theatre; the Harold Awards celebrates Toronto theatre personalities; and Trampoline Hall explores being hardcore, "stealing" movies, and time tenses.

Members of AfroLatino Dance Company, who're taking part in the rock.paper.sistahz festival. Photo by Bohdan Turok.

FESTIVAL: The multidisciplinary rock.paper.sistahz Festival already held a few events over the past weekend, but tonight’s the official opening to a week of music, dance, visual art, storytelling, and more, produced by b. current’s resident artists. This evening’s reception will feature “off the wall art” by Sandra Brewster, music from Lisa Michelle, and performance art from Tanya Pillay. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), FREE.

READINGS: Last Monday, playwright Maja Ardal kicked off a week of readings to celebrate the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 40th anniversary. Tonight she does the same for the affiliated Playwrights Canada Press‘ 2012 Spring Launch, joined by fellow writer/readers Sky Gilbert, Anusree Roy, and Ronnie Burkett, and more; Jon Kaplan and NOW‘s Susan G. Cole host. Revival (783 College Street), 7 p.m., FREE.

AWARDS: While some of Canada’s best playwrights read from their work at the above event, the people who put those plays on stage in Toronto—actors, producers, technicians, and more—will be gathering at the 2012 Harold Awards to celebrate the most devoted (and often least recognized) people in our city’s independent theatre scene. Host actress Caroline Gillis will be joined by musical guests Blair Irwin and John Hughes, and many surprised and grateful winners. El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 8 p.m., $10 w/ canned good donation.

TALK: You never quite know what you’ll learn at a Trampoline Hall lectures-by-amateurs event, but by gosh, you’ll learn something. Tonight‘s curator Lauren Bride has picked Jordan Lewis, Yuula Benivolski, and Damian Rogers to speak about (respectively): “The art of sneaking into movies”, “I told you guys I was hardcore”, and “Fuck the now: We need the past and future.” What few at-the-door tickets there are will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. (for the full skinny on Trampoline Hall’s ticketing and door policies, go here.) The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $5.

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