Urban Planner: October 26, 2008
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Urban Planner: October 26, 2008

STREET PARTY: The last Pedestrian Sunday of the year invites us to honour our ancestors as we approach All Hallows Eve. Streets Are For People adds to their usual great Sunday market fun with some special holiday treats. Live music, messages to the dead, and a costume contest (registration between 2–3 p.m., runway contest at 5 p.m.) lead up to the sundown Halloween parade to the Underworld. Kensington Market, 1–7 p.m., FREE.
PERFORMANCE: Continuing to explore the theme of his recently published art book RCMP, Tonik Wojtyra has developed a companion performance art piece called Hush My Dear as part of the ongoing 7a 11d International Festival of Performance Art. Tonik Wojtyra performs as an RCMP officer trying to coax that other Canadian icon, the Canada Goose, to sleep. Queen Street entrance of Trinity-Bellwoods Park, 12–4 p.m., FREE.
PUBLISHING: Comedy is the theme of the latest Broken Pencil issue, and they are running it all the way through Canzine like schtick on a stick. Scheduled events include a comedic short film program (2 p.m.), how-to zine workshops (2 p.m.), two-minute book pitches (3:45 p.m.), and readings by some very funny writers (5 p.m.). The main Zine Fair is open for the duration, as are comedic installations in five different Art Rooms—seriously, art has never been this funny. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 1–7 p.m., $5.
FILM: The last day of the Planet In Focus film festival still has plenty to offer at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum, and Innis College venues. This year’s theme examines the issues of food, but the festival as a whole embraces documentaries and short films reflecting our experience of the planet. Plenty of food for thought. Various Theatres, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., $10 per screening.
HALLOWEEN: For kid-friendly Halloween-themed fun there’s the High Park Pumpkin Float. Carve a pumpkin, listen to ghost stories, and drink hot cider. North-west corner of High Park, 4–6 p.m., $2 per pumpkin.
Photo from this year’s inaugural Pedestrian Sunday by Miles Storey.