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Urban Planner: July 1, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: drink Canadian brews, celebrate Canada Day, and eat as many dumplings as you possibly can.

  • Food: Visitors to this event should expect taps, not Thomson, when they arrive at the Evergreen Brick Works to sample a selection of Canadian brews and food. The Brewer’s Backyard event brings together seven participants, including Great Lakes, Nickel Brook, Kanga Meat Pies, and cider from Spirit Tree. The event is all-ages and admission is free, with various prices for food and drink. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
  • History: See Canada’s past intertwine with its future as 40 people become Canadian citizens at Toronto’s immersive historical learning centre. The day will include traditional folk music by Chris Dube, horse-drawn wagon rides, and special tours. You can even offer to treat a new Canadian to a celebratory patriotic pint: starting today, the Village’s brewery will be serving their new maple porter. Black Creek Pioneer Village (1000 Murray Ross Parkway), 1 p.m., $11–15. Details
  • Fundraisers: If your belly is of the bottomless sort, you might consider entering Tibet Kitchen’s third annual momo (traditional Tibetan dumpling)-eating competition. The contest, a fundraiser for Students for a Free Tibet Canada, will see contestants in three categories (men, women, and children) going for the glory of being crowned dumpling-eating champion. Not quite that hungry? Spectators can also purchase momos in less intimidating quantities while they root for their favourite contestant. Tibet Kitchen (1544 Queen Street West), 5 p.m., Varies. Details
  • Comedy: Funny women Sara Hennessey and Steph Kaliner take the stage at The Ossington for Terrific Women, a live comedy show in the style of a 1970s cable-access show. The duo has an impressive set of credits: Hennessey recently won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Standup, and Kaliner’s writing credits include Mr. D and Working the Engels. Trade in those skinnies for some bell-bottoms and join them for an evening of retro-inspired laughs. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 9 p.m., $5. Details

Ongoing…

  • Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
  • Film: Anyone seeking proof that all it takes for a radical to become part of the establishment is a little bit of endurance need only look to “Skin Flicks,” TIFF Cinematheque’s retrospective of the films of Toronto zine impresario, radical, occasional pornographer, and queercore filmmaker Bruce LaBruce.

    A farm boy who left his rural digs for a more urban life in Toronto in the mid-‘80s, LaBruce first turned heads on the scene with his publication (along with partner and Fifth Column frontwoman G.B. Jones) of the seminal queer punk zine J.D.s, which distinguished itself from punk culture through its queer vision, and from mainstream LGBT culture through its aggressive DIY aesthetic and radical politics. From that fertile underground world came the first of LaBruce’s experimental Super 8 shorts, including Boy, Girl—ground zero for later thematic obsessions such as neo-skinheads and surveillance. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), all day, . Details

  • Festivals: There’ll be public celebrations all over the country this weekend, but in downtown Toronto anyway, the most extensive are the Harbourfront Centre Canada Day Celebrations. Kicking off Friday and running right through to the fireworks display on Monday night, there’ll be live music—including performances from the finalists in its Soundclash Music Award Showcase—and a hip hop showcase by Maoestro Fresh Wes; a daily market; and plenty of programming for kids and adults of all ages. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), all day, FREE. Details
  • Film: Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West). Details
  • Markets: Although living in the centre of downtown is awesome, it does have its drawbacks—namely, the lack of nearby farms and the delicious fresh produce they provide. But not anymore! Every Tuesday until October, CityPlace Farmers’ Market will be setting up shop in Canoe Landing Park, nestled in the heart of condo-ville. Drop by to stock up on fruits, vegetables, and other goods, grown, made, and sold by local farmers. Canoe Landing Park (Fort York Boulevard and Dan Leckie Way), 3:30 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Sports: Align your body, ease your mind, and get your retail therapy all in one stop this summer at the Shops at Don Mills. Bring your mat for free Yoga in the Town Square every Tuesday and Thursday, courtesy of Titika. Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Theatre: If you haven’t heard of Twelve Angry Men, you’ve likely seen it parodied in a number of movies and television shows over the years. Now here’s your chance to see the real deal, on stage, thanks to the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Watch the drama unfold in a claustrophobic deliberation room as one dissenting juror unravels what is supposed to be an open-and-shut murder case. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 8 p.m., $29–$74. Details

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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 us with all the details (including images, if you’ve got any), ideally at least a week in advance.

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