Urban Planner: August 10, 2008
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Urban Planner: August 10, 2008

SPORTS: Are you sick of taking your baby or toddler to a sports event and hearing the aggravated spectators around you groan every time your kid cries? The Rogers Centre sympathizes, which is why today is their monthly Babies at the Ballpark Blue Jays game. Parents with young children can buy discounted tickets and sit together in a special 200 level section. Diapers and wipes will be available at no extra cost, and there will be free juice and snacks for the kids. The Blue Jays are playing the Cleveland Indians, and rookie Scott Richmond is scheduled to pitch for the Jays. Rogers Centre (1 Blue Jays Way), 1:07 p.m., $9-$63.
FESTIVAL: Spawned from the success of Kensington Market’s Pedestrian Sunday, Mirvish Village‘s third Pedestrian Sunday of the summer is happening this afternoon. Markham Street will be closed south of Bloor to make room for a giant game of Scrabble, a vintage fashion show, bike tune-ups courtesy of Bike Pirates, and live music. Mirvish Village (Markham Street, north of Harbord Street and south of Bloor Street), 12 p.m., FREE.
SPORTS: In support of car-free culture in Toronto, monthly cyclist rally Critical Mass will be meeting at Yonge and Eglinton for a jaunt through Toronto’s suburbs (the ride through the downtown core occurs on the last Friday of every month). Suburban Critical Mass will continue to meet on the second Friday of every month. Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue (on the northwest corner, in front of the “Yonge & Eglinton Centre” sign), 3 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is performing at Roy Thomson Hall, as part of their 2008 North American tour. Tonight’s programme features Morin’s “Museum Music,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5,” and Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben.” It’s safe to say this will be an excellent performance, as NYOC isn’t just any youth orchestra; one third of professional orchestral musicians in Canada were at one point in the NYOC. Roy Thomson Hall, 8 p.m., $39.95.
Photo by frigante from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.