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The Elastocitizens bring their energetic brand of funk to Yonge-Dundas Square for a free show tonight. Photo by Beth Kates.
In today’s Urban Planner: ride your bike with Clay and Paper Theatre and with Critical Mass; AA Bronson and the AGO throw the doors open for Haute Culture; the Out of the Box Festival, and plenty more local music, all over town; and a surprise party for one lucky guest!
BIKE: Today, you can use your bike for activism and entertainment as well as exercise and transportation. Since it’s the last Friday of the month, the Critical Mass group ride will meet at Bloor Street West and Spadina Avenue at 6 p.m., leaving at 6:30 p.m. Before the ride, if you have the afternoon off, you could take in a performance of Clay and Paper Theatre’s The Pedaler’s Wager, which starts at Dufferin Grove Park and winds its way south to finish up at Trinity Bellwoods, with puppets and performances along the way. Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin Street), “doors” at 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., ride/show at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., FREE.
ART: Artist AA Bronson’s new “Haute Culture” exhibit, showcasing more than 300 works from 25 years of General Idea’s output, is getting a proper opening party from the AGO, which is throwing its doors open to all. The Toronto-based trio—Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal—were prolific producers of art in various mediums, including File Magazine, until both Partz’s and Zontal’s untimely deaths in 1994. The Art Gallery of Toronto (317 Dundas Street West), 6 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Tonight’s another great night for local music fans. Spirited funk collective the Elastocitizens headline tonight’s Indie Fridays free concert at Yonge-Dundas Square, and Brooklyn’s Japanther play a show with local sandwich fans Neon Windbreaker and recent Southern Soul subjects Boys Who Say No. For buzz-worthy sets, though, the Out of the Box Festival’s opening-night shows take the cake; at the Toronto Underground Cinema, bands like The Hoa Hoas and Planet Creature will have 3D projections behind them as they play (yes, there will be glasses), whereas over at the Great Hall, the space will be adorned with massive origami hangings to set the mood for more melodic sets by bands like Olenka and The Autumn Lovers and MJ Cyr. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West) and Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), doors at 9 p.m. (first act at 9:30 p.m.), $10 ($15 for weekend pass).
SURPRISE: Nifty idea here from the folks at Cardinal Rule; they’re throwing a Surprise Party, but everyone knows about the party—the surprise is for whom the party is being thrown. Patrons who show up before 10:30 p.m. can enter their name in a draw, and the lucky winner will get a personalized cake, presents, and congratulations from all the attendees. Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Avenue), 10 p.m., FREE.