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Urban Planner: May 25, 2012

In today's UP: Slutwalk's second edition; Raging Asian Women for Girls Rock Camp Toronto; Critical Mass rides; Four Corners IV; and Bronx Cheer's T.O. debut, with Adult Contemporary.

Marchers at last year's inaugural SlutWalk. Photo by Nick Kozak/Torontoist.


MARCH: Has it really been just a year since equal rights and feminist activists created SlutWalk, a clever protest to combat “violence, victim-blaming, and sex shaming?” The Toronto event was quickly imitated around the world, but equal rights and sexuality advocates can be proud that it started here in T.O.—we were, enough to call them one of our Heroes of 2011. Starts at Nathan Phillips Square, 5 p.m., FREE.

SCREENING: After the SlutWalk, you might consider going to Rocking Girls & Thundering Women, a fundraising screening of Girls Rock! The Movie, about a U.S.-based camp for young girls learning to shred, drum, and wail (the Toronto version is currently raising funds for its second summer edition). After the screening, there’ll be a performance by the RAW (Raging Asian Women) Taiko Women Drummers—”eight women and 1000 pounds of drums.” The Projection Booth (1035 Gerrard Street East), 6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show, $10–$20.

RIDE: On the eve of Toronto’s Bike Month 2012, which launches officially on Monday, there’s still the regular edition of Critical Mass, the long-running monthly bike ride/protest to raise awareness of cyclists and their rights on the streets of Toronto. The family-friendly event marshalls riders at the Bloor-Spadina Parkette, before setting off on an unannounced route to maximize visibility on Toronto streets. Start from Spadina Avenue and Bloor Street West, 6:30 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: The Four Corners concert series is a model of time management when it comes to band programming. You get to check out four great acts in one go; literally, as the bands play their sets simultaneously. Four Corners IV features Absolutely Free, Odonis Odonis, Young Mother, and Town Ship as the quadrophonic musical guests; before the music gets underway, there’s a buffet meet and greet. Steelworkers Hall (25 Cecil Street), doors and food at 9 p.m., bands at 11 p.m., $6.

COMEDY: Vancouver transplants Conor Holler and Craig Anderson have taken a while to find their comedic feet in Toronto, having put their duo Bronx Cheer on hiatus as the two moved to T.O. on different timelines. They’ve reunited and are relaunching with a new monthly cabaret, Adult Contemporary. The inaugeral show features a diverse group of guests: Picnicface‘s Evany Rosen, Laugh Sabbath / Don’t Get Bored of Us And Leave‘s David Dineen-Porter, and musical act Henri Faberge, plus sketch group Tony Ho, who’ll be debuting new sketches every month at AC. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $5.


Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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