Urban Planner: September 18, 2012
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Urban Planner: September 18, 2012

Today: Meet the young stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Between the Sheets debuts at the Tarragon Theatre, and authors Brian Culvert and Chris Cannon launch their Canada Party Manifesto.

Soprano Sasha Djihanian is one of the many new Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio members you can meet today. Photo courtesy of Chris Hutcheson.

OPERA: Why not add a touch of class to your normally fast-fooded lunch hour today and check out some opera? The members of the 2012/2013 Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio are putting on a special “meet the artists” showcase. These young stars are some of the best in the country, and just at the beginning of their promising careers, and they’ll each be performing their favourite arias. Canadian Opera Company (145 Queen Street West), 12 p.m.–1 p.m., FREE.

BOOKS: Authors Brian Culvert and Chris Cannon are on a mission to do what no mild-mannered Canadian has done before: convert our neighbours to the south with their book America, But Better; The Canada Party Manifesto. It’s not all in the name of Tim Hortons, hockey, and maple syrup—Culvert and Cannon have real ideas that could restore America to its former glory, and will discuss them with writer Marni Jackson. Presented by This Is Not a Reading Series. Gladstone Hotel, The Main Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), doors at 7 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m., $5 or FREE with purchase of book.

THEATRE: Two women enter an ordinary parent-teacher interview and find raw, unexpected confrontation in Between the Sheets. Written by Jordi Mand and directed by Kelly Thornton, this play examines the intense drama between two women on the brink of disaster—one fiercely protective of her family, the other fighting for the one she always wanted. Presented by Nightwood Theatre, starring Susan Coyne and Christine Horne. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $30.

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