In today's Urban Planner: a day-long NXNE party showcases bands from across North America, join Smith Westerns and Dusted for a bonfire on the Toronto Islands, connect with nature in a discussion with the one and only David Suzuki, and the Luminato and NXNE festivities continue.
PARTY: Gigs, gigs, everywhere! With bands of all shapes and sizes taking over Toronto this week, there will of course be an appropriate amount of parties to celebrate their welcome. Case in point, the I Blame Yoko NXNE Showcase (one has to wonder if Paul McCartney had anything to do with the naming of this event). This completely free musical bonanza features buzz bands from across Canada and the United States like Serena Pryne and the Mandevilles, Son of the Sun, The Waxbills, and much more. The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 12:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: If all the mayhem of NXNE hasn’t been enough to whet your musical appetite, perhaps a musical bonfire party will do. Join acclaimed bands Smith Westerns (a three-piece indie band from Chicago) and Dusted (the musical project from Holy Fuck frontman Brian Borcherdt) as they invite you to an evening that will include much musical rejoicing over on the Toronto Islands. Now that’s how you forget about a long day at work. Artscape Gibraltar Point (443 Lake Shore Avenue), 5:30 p.m., FREE.
Fans of nature, rejoice. Canada’s favourite environmental activist—David Suzuki, of course!—is dropping by the Art Gallery of Ontario for a discussion with author Richard Louv about how we can get kids to connect with nature and the health benefits nature provides. There will also be a Q&A and book signings, and Faisal Moola from the David Suzuki Foundation will moderate. AGO, Weston Family Learning Centre Gallery School (317 Dundas Street West), 6:15 p.m.–9 p.m., $20. SOLD OUT
LUMINATO: Toronto’s multidisciplinary arts fest is celebrating its sixth installment this summer, and though the calendar feels a bit more sparse than previous years, there’s a lot of good stuff to check out.
NXNE: Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 11 to 17, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.
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