In today's Urban Planner: not one, but two new art exhibitions open at Harbourfront Centre; grab a thermometer because the Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival is about to heat up your summer; and join in some free dancing lessons with vibes from the Caribbean.
ART: Here’s a chance for you to check out the opening for two big art shows at the same time. Running with the theme “crossroads,” Harbourfront Centre is presenting exhibitions called “Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour” and “NOT SO FAST.” The former uses art to explore where the city intersects with the lake, while the latter takes on consumer culture and how it connects with how we perceive value. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Thursday, 6–10 p.m., FREE.
BURLESQUE: As if your summer days weren’t hot enough, here comes the 5th Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival. This multi-day event features the very best burlesque dancers our city has to offer, as well as a platform for developing performers. Over the course of the festival you’ll be treated to many burlesque performances, the International Strip Search Competition (to find new talent), and much more. Tonight though, stop by the Meet and Greet Teaser which features 12 burlesque acts as well as live music. Gladstone Hotel, Melody Bar (1214 Queen Street West), 6–10 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: In case you’ve forgotten where you can get your weekly boogie on this summer, be sure to add Dancing on the Pier to your agenda. This weekly event invites dancers of all skill levels to come down, show their stuff, and hopefully learn something new in the process. This week’s get-together features the jammin’ moves of Afro Caribbean and Zouk. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Thursday, 7 p.m., FREE.
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