If you’re not getting tickets from the “Safe Cycling” cops this week, spend that extra cash and get them for this week/end’s Bicycle Film Festival. Now in its eighth year, the round-the-world celebration of two-wheeled transport careens into Toronto this Wednesday night, June 18, through Saturday, June 21.
First up, pedal over to Ourspace/Studio Gallery, 294 College Street, for Bikes Rock, a jams-packed opening bash with local indie-bop headliners—any guesses? Uh-huh—The Bicyles. Also on the rack: Sandro Perri‘s No Cadence, playing live accompaniment to films about bikes, hipster-hoppers Syntonics, The Cleef, and DJ Rob Dyer.
If the party goes ’til the usual Ourspace hours (very, very late or very, very early, depending on what kind of person you are), you might as well crash over, because you’ll want to be at Studio Gallery the next day for Joy Ride: An Art Show Inspired by the Bicycle. Curated by BFF founder and director Brendt Barbur, the freewheeling exhibit began in Los Angeles in 2005 and has traveled to Tokyo, London, New York, and Paris. Our edition of the worldwide Joy Ride includes pieces by Phil Frost, Peter Sutherland, and the no-introduction-needed Michel Gondry, plus locals Ndeur, Team Macho, and Vladimir Kato. The multimedia exhibit spins into at Studio on Thursday, June 19 (opening party at 7 p.m.) and stays parked there through June 29 (if you miss that opening, email [email protected] to see it by appointment).
Friday and Saturday are the festival’s film days, with programs ranging from “Fun Bike Shorts” (which includes three minutes with Toronto’s own Deadly Nightshades, a bike gang of… environmentally sustainable fashion designers? True story!) to the 75-minute Road to Roubaix [MOV], an ode to the world’s most intense one-day bike race: the Paris-Roubaix. All screenings are at The Royal, 608 College Street, and cost $10 each, or $34 for a full-fest pass. Valet parking will be provided by the Toronto Cyclists Union.
Photo by Gabi from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.