Urban Planner: January 10, 2013
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Urban Planner: January 10, 2013

Today: check out the launch of Grade A Publication, jazz singer Beverly Taft performs a few sets of music, watch Brandon Morrow's famous 17-strike out performance, and The Next Stage Festival continues.

Photo courtesy of Beverly Taft.

ART: In honour of DIY culture, check out the launch of Grade A Publication, which aims to create an open dialogue on a possible cultural revolution in art-making. Attendees are invited to piece together their own versions of the book by picking out individual loose-leaf pages and putting them together. If you still aren’t convinced, the event is marketing itself as an “ANTICHRIST SUPERMARKET.” Yep. OCADU (230 Richmond Street West), 7 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: You don’t need to wait until the jazz festivals of the summer to get your fill of smooth sounds. Toronto vocalist Beverly Taft, who has been playing the jazz circuit for quite a while, will be dropping by for two sets of music with guitarist Reg Schwager and upright bassist Steve Wallace. Click here to listen to some of her music. Cherry Street Restaurant (275 Cherry Street), 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., $10.

SPORTS: Though this isn’t shaping up to be a major sports year (no Olympics, no soccer cups, and only partial hockey), 2013 could still be an exciting year for the Blue Jays. To get back into the baseball spirit, consider checking out this full-game screening of Brandon Morrow’s 17-strikeout performance from 2010. Besides the game, there will be a beer tasting by Muskoka Brewery and cheese pairings by Taste Bud. Craft Beer House (838 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

NEXT STAGE: The Next Stage Festival, a curated “best of” offshoot of the popular Toronto Fringe Festival, runs daily to January 13. It features cutting-edge theatre about hockey, subway interactions, suburbia, and more. We’ve interviewed several of the artists, and reviewed all ten of the festival’s plays. Many shows are selling out, so buying tickets in advance is highly recommended.

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