Toronto the Good?
Tomorrow night, the Spacing folks are throwing their fourth annual Toronto the Good event along with the ERA Architects, Toronto Society of Architects, Heritage Toronto, Wireless Toronto, and [murmur]. The organizers are hoping attendees will get together to discuss the idea of an 'urban centre' and how that could work here in Toronto.
The event will also play host to an interactive map of the city (last year, attendees were asked to place markers where they got drunk, had their first kiss, and got busy for the first time), a public text message display board and a few other artistic displays.
The venue for this event, the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District is spectacular, and it's not a bad deal for food included at $10/head, but what last year's event really came down to was a glorified schmooze-fest with opportunities for rubbing elbows with architects galore.
That resulted in the event being called Toronto the Meh by some, and I can't say I disagree. I'm a fan of Spacing, and I appreciate the intention of trying to provide a venue for intelligent debate, but the format and focus of the night just seemed totally off.
What kind of value can you really get with such disparate, disconnected conversations? If anything, it would seem this is an ideal kind of thing for the guys at TorCamp to take on. In any case, blogTO will be checking out the event and will have photos and a round-up shortly thereafter.
Where: The Fermenting Cellar (Distillery District), 55 Mill Street
When: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 7:00pm
How Much: $10/person. Cash bar.