Urban Planner: January 21, 2013
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Urban Planner: January 21, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: a debate series tackles new ways of considering Toronto, historian Bruce Bell unearths stories of old Toronto, Chelsea Wolfe plays the Drake, and stand-ups pack into Unlovable.

Comic John Hastings. Detail of a photo by Tim Leyes.

DEBATE: Toronto’s amalgamation has been an especially contentious topic for the past few years, in large part because of long-simmering tensions stirred up by our (still, for now) current mayor. So it’s a natural topic for the Department of Unusual Certainties‘ urban ideas debate series, New Discourses for a Tired Century. Part of the Offsite Design Festival, this debate will tackle the following statement: “Be it resolved we can no longer treat the city as a whole.” Kristina Ljubanovic and Sabrina Dominguez will argue for “yes,” and Marcin Kedzior and Thomas Provost will argue for “no.” Gladstone Hotel (1215 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

LECTURE: Historian and storyteller Bruce Bell holds court this evening at C’est What. He’ll be telling stories of old Toronto. C’est What (67 Front Street East), 7:30 P.M., $20.

MUSIC: The Drake’s usual Elvis Mondays showcase has been postponed to Tuesday this week, in order to accommodate special guest Chelsea Wolfe, who’s in the middle of a North American tour. She’ll be playing an intimate acoustic set in the Underground, with opener King Dude. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15 in advance.

COMEDY: Scrappy west-end stand-up showcase Laughable returns tonight, with a typically stacked roster of comics, including Alex Pavone, who just finished a four-night headlining stand at Yuk Yuk’s; cabaret curator and storyteller Paul Hutcheson; and John Hastings, who’s been making a name for himself in the U.K. Steph Tolev hosts. Unlovable (1415-B Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.

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