Urban Planner: September 21, 2008
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Urban Planner: September 21, 2008

20080921urbanplanner.jpgMUSIC: This morning, come to the Tranzac to celebrate the release of the highly-anticipated first album from Laura Barrett, Victory Garden. At 11:30 a.m., a healthy brunch made by Laura Barrett and Ajay Mehra will be served. At 1:30 p.m., music! There will be a set by Ghost Bees, a solo performance from Woodhands singer Dan Werb, and—of course—a performance by Barrett herself. The party will be framed nicely with animations and artwork brought to you by Tin Can Forest, Isaac King, and Chris DeCastro. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 11:30 a.m., $10 ($17, with brunch).
FESTIVAL: Ladyfest 2008 is coming to a close with a day full of exciting workshops and performances. From 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a series of workshops at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church on a variety of topics like digital recording, breakdancing, vegan cooking, and bike repair (103 Bellevue Avenue, 10:30 a.m., PWYC but $15 recommended). Fundamentalist Christians need not head over to Beaver Hall Gallery this afternoon, where there will be a presentation of monologues from Canadians for Choice, a group of baby-murdering conspirators who call themselves a “pro-choice” organization (29 McCaul Street, 3 p.m., $5). Later on, still at Beaver Hall Gallery, Ladyfest is having its closing event: an all-ages concert featuring performances from Jasmyn Burke (of Hot Monogamy), Sunny D, Doom Tickler, UTI, and Fat Femme Mafia (29 McCaul Street, 7 p.m., $5–$10).
TRANSPORTATION: It’s World Carfree Day, and anti-car Jacobin organization Streets are for People will be rubbing it in your face all day long. At 1 p.m., the revolutionists have organized “parking meter parties,” which will run along Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Strachan Avenue. With the intent of injecting culture into car storage space, Streets are for People encourages you to pay $2 per hour to sit in a parking spot, while inevitably pissing off the hundreds of drivers (and non-drivers) who see the supreme act of anarchy not as a cultural explosion but a really obnoxious hindrance. At 4 p.m., there will be a Critical Mass–esque bike ride meeting up at Bloor Street and Spadina. Also at 4 p.m. is the annual World Carfree Day parade, which will run east on Queen Street from Trinity Bellwoods Park to Old City Hall. Awesome? Various locations, all day, FREE.
Photo of Laura Barrett courtesy of Fuzzy Logic Recordings.