Urban Planner: October 18, 2012
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Urban Planner: October 18, 2012

In this Urban Planner: celebrate Toronto's art; a surf-rock band brings its groove to the Horseshoe Tavern; and a conference of technological innovation and ideas kicks off.

Celebrate art, like this mural, with a panel discussion tonight. Photo by Taejon Cupid.

ART: Do you enjoy public art? Well, you’ve got a chance to appreciate it with others, at a panel discussion and party called “Community. Art. Change. Celebrating 20 Years of Artists Engaging Communities.” Attendees will mingle with community arts collaborators and learn more about how artists have effected social change in Toronto. Yorkdale Community Arts Centre (3401 Dufferin Street), 2–5 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: We’re halfway through October and it already feels like last January. But never fear: here’s a gig that’ll remind you of sunnier days. Crushed Out, a Brooklyn-based surf-rock band, is dropping by Toronto to promote their latest LP, Want to Give. Even better, they’ll be opening for New York rock-and-roll legends The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9:15 p.m., $21.50 advance, $25 door.

CONFERENCE: Technological geeks of Toronto unite! For the next few days, Digifest will be bringing a wealth of digital innovations and ideas to town. This TED-like conference features speakers from around the globe who will offer their thoughts on “hacks,” new media, video games, brainwave technology (!), and much, much more. The event also features workshops, panels, and exhibits. Corus Entertainment (25 Dockside Drive), runs Thursday to Saturday, times and ticket prices vary.

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