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Still From H2Oil, courtesy of Loaded Pictures.
FILM: Given that the world’s stash of oil is finite (and some say nearing depletion), and that mining oil is proven to be hazardous to the environment, the production of oil in Alberta is a hot-button issue among activists and economists alike. Tonight, Olivia Chow will be hosting a screening of the 2009 documentary, H2Oil, followed by a discussion with H2Oil Director Shannon Walsh, Indigenous Environmental Network activist Clayton Thomas-Muller, and HERO Project advocate David Booz. They will be discussing the environmental impact of oil sands development in Alberta, among other issues surrounding oil production in Canada. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE (reserve tickets by emailing Chowo1c@parl.gc.ca or by calling 416-533-2710).
LECTURE: Trampoline Hall is back with another installment of unique lectures given by fascinating artists/pundits/people-about-town. Amy C. Lam, co-founder of conceptual comedy duo Life of a Craphead, curates and set designs while Misha Glouberman hosts a night that seems to focus on children (and the terrible things they do to us). Doc Matt Dunn talks about squash, Alexandra Napier lectures on people without siblings, and Xenia Benivolski will cover a lecture titled “When children think I’m a loser.” Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., rush tickets can be bought from 6:30 p.m. for $5.
FAMILY: It’s the last day to doff your tunic or squeeze into that bodice for the Casa Loma Renaissance Festival. This is the fifth year that the family-friendly fair has been held at Casa Loma. This year, the festival features duelling knights, themed shoppes, archery lessons, and a magician named Zoltan the Adequate! Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace); 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; adult (18–59) tickets are $17, child (4–13) tickets are $9.25, and youth (14–17) and senior (60 plus) tickets are $11.
BOOKS: Word Out!, a teen-focused summer reading program run by the Toronto Public Library, is throwing a Battle of the Books today. The event will see actors Megan Fahlenbock and Christian Potenza (voice actors from the Teletoon show 6teen) and FLOW 93.5 FM host J. Wyze battling for supremacy of their favourite summer reads. Fahlenbrook is repping Charlotte Gingras’s Pieces of Me, Potenza is battling for Jonathan Friesen’s Jerk, California, and Wyze is supporting Lisa McMann’s Wake. Expect prizes, food, and heated literary debate. North York Central Library (5120 Yonge Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE.