Urban Planner: September 18, 2008
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Urban Planner: September 18, 2008

FESTIVAL: Ladyfest kicks off their highly anticipated music series tonight, as the week-long festival continues. Tonight, come out to the Boat for performances from electronic soul group Lal, alternative crooner Emma McKenna, and experimental pop band Miau Miau. Also starting today is “Ooh-La-La,” the female-identifying art exhibit at Beaver Hall Gallery (rescheduled from Sunday), which will run until September 27. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $5–$10.
TRANSIT: This evening, join the TTC in association with Montreal’s AMT to discuss the 2009–10 inception of the Presto card, a declining balance transit system smartcard similar to those already implemented in London, Hong Kong, and—more recently—Montreal. Speaking on the experiences, successes, and lessons learned from the Montreal smartcard system will be AMT’s President and CEO Joël Gauthier, as well as Michel Veilleux, the AMT’s Director of Planning and Development, and Daniel Bergeron, the AMT’s Director of Modelization and Mobility data. TTC Chair Adam Giambrone will be giving an introduction. City Hall (100 Queen Street West, in Committee Room 2), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
VANDALISM: If you always wanted to deface the ROM but don’t want to go overboard, tonight’s your chance: as part of the Manifesto film festival going down tonight at the museum, you can project laser graffiti on the north-east wall of the Crystal, thanks to the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab. According to the release about the event, “audiences are invited to drop by and try their hand at tagging one of Canada’s most revered cultural institutions,” which would suggest the whole thing’s free—though admission to the film fest is $10, so you may want to have few bills in your pocket just in case. No fake bombs, please. The ROM (100 Queen’s Park), 8–11 p.m., $10, or FREE.
FREE STUFF: In celebration of National Save Your Money Day, a fake holiday dreamed up by the folks at ING Direct, representatives from the company will spend today showing Torontonians how small changes in spending habits can add up to big savings in the long run. They’ve done this by deciding to give you a couple of freebies this morning. Between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., free TTC tokens will be distributed at Bay Station (better hurry). At 10 a.m., coupons for free Tim Hortons coffee will be handed out at the Yonge/College Tim Hortons (444 Yonge Street). At noon, a booth will be set up at 100 King Street West in order to refund ABM service charges. We can’t imagine there are going to be too many complaints about these giveaways, but…what? If you want to really save money, sign up for a President’s Choice Financial savings account, which provides a higher interest rate than the ING Direct accounts being advertised in conjunction with today’s “freebies.”
BICYCLES: There will be a discussion tonight at Innis Town Hall, which will examine public bike sharing programs and their future in Toronto. The event will start with a screening of Streetfilms‘ short, Bike Share in Paris, followed by three speeches. David Boyce of Veolia Transportation will be giving a lecture on the history of bike sharing systems, Herb van den Dool of the Community Bicycle Network will speak on the history of bike sharing in Toronto, and Alain Ayotte of the Montreal Public Bike System will be talking about the challenges of implementing a bike sharing program in Montreal. The event is presented by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation along with the Clean Air Partnership and the Community Bicycle Network. With all these lectures and talks lately, it’s amazing that cyclists are still finding time to bike. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
Photo of Lal by Matt Maskaant.