FOOD: After their wildly successful inaugural event, Picnic at the Brick Works is back for a second year. For four hours, celebrity chefs are paired with local food producers to create unique culinary creations using sustainable, Ontario-grown foods. The goal of the event is to promote economically-friendly food, for the sake of a sustainable-food future as energy costs continue to skyrocket. This year’s celebrity chefs include Jamie Kennedy, Keith Froggett, and Owen Steinberg. Rain or shine! Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), 12 p.m., $110.
MUSIC: For those of you who showed up at last month’s ALL CAPS! outdoor show but were disappointed to find it rained out, there will be a rain check show this afternoon in the courtyard at The Music Gallery. Once again, bands performing at the all-ages event include Hooded Fang, Wordburglar, Huckleberry Friends, The Youngest, and The Miles. Hamilton Trading Co. and Canaille have also been added to the bill. The Music Gallery (197 John Street, inside St. George-the-Martyr Anglican Church), 4 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: Ladyfest, the annual urban feminist festival, is back and bigger than ever this year. Although the music-based events don’t start until the 18th, there are some art and film-themed events happening in the interim. Today at Beaver Hall Gallery, there will be a showcase of young female artists and performers. Featured in particular at Young Ladyfest is the Queer Youth Digital Video Project, a short film shot, produced, and edited by queer youth in association with the Inside Out Film Festival. Also beginning today, Beaver Hall Gallery is presenting “Ooh-La-La,” a week-long female identifying art exhibit, showcasing works and performances by Paige Gratland, Christy Kunitzky, Anita Agrawal, and Jennifer Linton, among others. Keep checking Urban Planner this week for more Ladyfest event information. Beaver Hall Gallery (29 McCaul Street), 3 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: The greatly anticipated Royal Conservatory of Music renovations are officially complete, and, to celebrate, the RCM is having an open house today to present the new building to the public. Sample classes will be available to folks young and old, and the RCM faculty will be around to shoot the shit with you. If you can’t make it, there’s a cool virtual tour on the RCM website. The Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor Street West), 12:30 p.m., FREE.
Photo courtesy of Picnic at the Brick Works.