Today: a new season of Canada Reads kicks off, an exhibition explores the world of the urban, and get some exercise with a few games of manhunt.
BOOKS: Everybody wants the latest electronic gadget for Christmas, but whatever happened to the joy of receiving a good book? If reading is still your thing and you’re looking for possible gift recommendations, check out the launch of Canada Reads 2013, where you’ll get a chance to look at the new books, get them signed by the authors, and meet the celebrity judge panelists. Hosted once again by Jian Ghomeshi. CBC Broadcast Centre (250 Front Street West), 12 p.m., FREE.
ART: Here’s an opportunity to look through different lenses and perspectives and see the concept of city life in a different light. Urban Art 2012 gathers a number of artists for their take on urban issues, lifestyles, and decay. Curated by Phil Anderson. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), opening reception 7 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
MANHUNT: Yes, it’s getting quite cold outside, but that isn’t stopping these giant editions of manhunt from pushing forward. There are five games total to be played (including a run of capture the flag and freeze tag), so dress warmly, bring your cell phone to communicate with team members, and trust no one. Meet at the southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Bay Street, 8 p.m.–12:30 a.m., FREE.
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