FESTIVAL: The TrekZac FestiCon, a day-long celebration of Star Trek, returns to The Tranzac today for its second year. The mini-convention kicks off at 1 p.m. with a Steam Whistle Brewing beer tasting, along with performances from Laura Barrett, Mackenzie King (formerly Ontario Power Generation), and Woodhands frontman Dan Werb. At 3 p.m. the “convention” begins and will include a lecture by David Dineen-Porter, a demonstration of Klingon ceremonies and rituals, and a panel discussion entitled “Am I a Borg?” which will be moderated by Trampoline Hall host Misha Glouberman. From 6–8 p.m., the Star Trek: TNG fan film Chains of Betrayal will be screened, there will be a Star Trek trivia contest and Star Trek-themed craft making, and, best of all, visitors will get the opportunity to control a video game with their brainwaves (seriously). At 8 p.m., there will be a showcase of comedy and music, featuring performances from the Bicycles, Laura Barrett, Woodhands, The Cheap Speakers, and The Rural Alberta Advantage. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 1 p.m., $5–$10.
WORDS: To celebrate Drawn & Quarterly’s two new releases, there will be a launch party held this evening at The Central. Drawn‘s co-founder Matthew Forsythe is releasing Ojingogo, a new graphic novella that follows a girl and her pet squid through various presumably moral-developing journeys. Also being released is Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek‘s Pohadky, an illustrated series of folk tales heavily influenced by the cultural backgrounds of Shewchuk and Colek (pre-Christian Ukraine and Czech Republic, respectively). All three authors will be giving short presentations on their works followed by a Q & A and autograph signing. The Central (603 Markham Street), 5 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: There is a free all-ages festival taking place today at the North Kipling Community Centre in Rexdale. urbanNOISE will feature performances by Canadian urban artists such as BrassMunk, Joti Dhillon, and Bal-E-Lasara. This year’s theme is unity, with an emphasis on members of the Toronto community joining forces in order to speak out against neighbourhood violence. The free, all-ages event will be hosted by MTV Canada personality Gilson Lubin. North Kipling Community Centre (2 Rowntree Road), 3 p.m., FREE.
ART: Shine is a group exhibition opening today at the Side Space Gallery. The artists involved have all at one point been employed by Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre; contributing artists include Rodrigo Clavero, Lauren Remouche, Tamara Steinberg, and Zahide Ugur. The launch will also feature performances from Elizabeth Cinello, Yvette Martin, and Rea McNamara. Side Space Gallery (1080 St. Clair Avenue West), 5 p.m., FREE.
Photo from last year’s TrekZac FestiCon by The CJM.