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An image from the Global Bike Project’s new exhibit, Carril Bici, opening tonight at LE Gallery. Photo by Scott Ramsay.
In today’s Urban Planner: the Chosen Ones’ and Sea Change’s two-year celebrations (of sales and cabarets, respectively); the city finals for Toronto’s best slam poets; an exhibit about Cuba’s relationship to the bicycle; and music to dance to at Steam Whistle Unsigned, Silent Shout, and Loving in the Name Of.
PARTY: The Chosen Ones’ two-year anniversary party tonight promises cake, champagne, and a sneak peek at the clothes and wares up for grabs in this weekend’s exhibition sale. It’s the final sale weekend at 107 Shaw Gallery for the Chosen Ones, who will have a new home in June. 107 Shaw Gallery (107 Shaw Street), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
OPENING: With the weather turning warmer and the Bixi program launching next week, we have bikes on the brain; so do Frank Maidens, Scott Ramsay, and Anibal Davila. Their new exhibit, Carril Bici, showcases how bicycles are used and creatively modified in Cuba. LE Gallery (1183 Dundas Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE
POETRY: The Toronto Poetry Slam Finals, featuring eight of the city’s best spoken-word artists, will take place tonight under the auspices of honoured guest Marc “slam papi” Smith, the Chicagoan credited with inventing the poetry-slam movement. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), doors at 7–10 p.m., $18 in advance, $23 at the door.
CABARET: Like Chosen Ones, Theatre Caravel is also celebrating two years of its regular event, the Sea Change cabaret. Tonight’s edition features new work from Nobody’s Business Theatre, Tony Ho and special guest Henri Fabergé, magician Amnesiac Jack, and more. CineCycle (129 Spadina Avenue, entrance in alleyway), doors at 7:30 p.m, $7.
MUSIC: It’s one of those nights when there’s a wealth of choices for the live-music partier. Just a few of these include the 18th edition of Steam Whistle Unsigned, with The Darcys and Wildlife headlining (Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Boulevard, 8 p.m., $5); a special edition of Silent Shout, with high-intensity dance music from Kidstreet, Powers, and more (The Garrison, 1197 Queen Street West, 9 p.m., $7); and the return of Loving in the Name Of, a popular cover-night party featuring local rock stars like Matt Murphy and Katie Sketch covering everything from Bowie to Fleetwood Mac. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $5.
HOT DOCS: Toronto’s annual celebration of documentary films has about 200 of them to choose from. To help you hit the hits and skip the misses, we’ve reviewed most of the feature-length films, and compiled them all for your in our oh-so-handy Hot Docs hub.