Urban Planner: June 16, 2014



Urban Planner: June 16, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: shortlisted authors, and grown-ups reading things they wrote as youngsters.

A previous edition of GRTTWAK. Photo by Evan Mitsui.

  • Books: The Trillium Awards, Ontario’s signature annual literature awards, has been narrowed down to a short list. Many of those shortlisted authors have been confirmed for their author readings and reception, including playwright Hannah Moscovitch (This is War), poet and essayist Austin Clarke (Where the Sun Shines Best), and T.O.-based francophone writer Marguerite Andersen (La mauvaise mère). Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Offbeat: Popular Toronto reading series Grown-Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids (or GRTTWAK for short) is not only re-launching—it’s now being produced as a CBC Radio series. Founder and host Dan Meisner welcomes to the stage adults reading their teen journal entries, childhood writing assignments, or anything that dates back to their formative years. The reading list is now full, though there is a “wait list,” and advance tickets are recommended, as this event routinely sells out. After the readings, the event will segue into a launch party for the new CBC series. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 7:30 p.m., $10. 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
  • Festivals: Returning for its 20th year, NXNE is celebrating the milestone by offering audiences another vast selection of events to sift through and enjoy over the course of nine days. While music may still be its focal point, the festival has developed over the years into a mirror image of SXSW—a multidisciplinary arts extravaganza that people look forward to all through the winter as if it were a light at the end of a dark and dreary tunnel. After enduring an especially long and brutal stretch of cold weather this year, it will feel especially rewarding to slap on a wristband and squeeze every ounce of pleasure out of the 2014 lineup. Multiple venues, all day, Various prices. Details
  • Film: Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), all day, . Details
  • Theatre: If you haven’t heard of Twelve Angry Men, you’ve likely seen it parodied in a number of movies and television shows over the years. Now here’s your chance to see the real deal, on stage, thanks to the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in a claustrophobic deliberation room as one dissenting juror unravels what is supposed to be an open-and-shut murder case. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 8 p.m., $29–$74. Details

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CORRECTION: June 16, 2014, 3:50 PM This post originally stated that the Bent Lens screenings will focus on Derek Jarman and Bruce LaBruce. They won’t.