Urban Planner: May 26, 2014
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Urban Planner: May 26, 2014

In this Urban Planner: handing out the Harolds for independent theatre, and spinning yarns for Father's Day.

Evany Rosen spins some storytelling magic at The Spoke this month.

  • Theatre: An annual celebration of Toronto’s independent theatre scene, The Harold Awards have for the last 19 years seen each year’s previous “Haroldees” name their successors, in a daisy chain of winners from each “house” that stretches back to the original 1995 winners. Over the years, the awards have evolved somewhat, and now include citations for emerging artists and partial funding by local theatre companies, but the spirit of the awards, named after a particularly passionate theatregoer (and heckler), remains playfully tongue-in-cheek. A ticket to the event includes a buffet—doors open at 7 p.m., and the ceremony will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen St West), 7 p.m., $12. Details
  • Performing Arts: Storytelling series The Spoke has a special edition planned for Father’s Day, at a special venue (Double Double Land, just up the street from its usual haunt, Videofag). Storytellers lined up for “In the Name of the Father” include actor and filmmaker Aaron Poole, comedian Evany Rosen, and cast members from Outside the March’s sold-out show, Vitals. Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., PWYC. Details


  • Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
  • Film: Now in its 24th year, the Inside Out festival offers an eclectic mix of LGBT-themed films from Canada and around the world. Setting up shop at venues ranging from the TIFF Bell Lightbox to Videofag, the festival mixes screenings, panel discussions, and receptions for equal parts edification and entertainment—all in the name of “challenging attitudes and changing lives.” Multiple venues, all day, . Details
  • Music: After a month of “spring break,” Danny Michel’s School Night Mondays return to their weekly residency at the Dakota Tavern. The previous March residency had special guests like astronaut Chris Hadfield and fellow local songwriter Royal Wood, and given that every previous edition has sold out (it’s door tickets only, so get there early), the night is likely to continue to feature quality guests (plus Michel and his band, of course). Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $20. Details

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