Urban Planner: May 18, 2009
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Urban Planner: May 18, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s daily guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every morning. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

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Photo from the Toronto International Circus Festival, courtesy of Zero Gravity Circus.


FAMILY: The Harbourfront Centre offers a packed itinerary for the long weekend, including HarbourKIDS: IMPACT! The event celebrates the ways in which kids can make an impact on the world around them, and the unmissable highlight is the Toronto International Circus Festival. Co-produced by Zero Gravity Circus, the festival showcases exciting feats for adults and kids alike, involving world-class acrobatics, blazing fire-eaters, daredevil stunts, stilt-walkers, jugglers, and more. The main show, SIRIUS FUN: The Impact! Big Top!, takes place this afternoon at the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Stage. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), events from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
FIREWORKS: Victoria Day in Toronto just wouldn’t be the same without fireworks. If you missed last night’s show at Ontario Place or Canada’s Wonderland, don’t worry, there’s still a chance to catch the action. Grab a blanket, head down early to Ashbridges Bay, and secure a spot along the boardwalk: a waterfront lightshow awaits. Ashbridges Bay, fireworks start after 9:30 p.m., FREE.
FAMILY: The historic site where the British founded Toronto in 1793, Fort York, is celebrating its seventy-fifth year as a historic museum, as well as Toronto’s 175th anniversary. It’s also another prime location for an entertaining Victoria Day outing. Today, families can explore the fort’s exhibits, enjoy guided tours, participate in musket, drill, and music demonstrations, as well as bake goods in the fort’s kitchen. Fort York National Site (100 Garrison Road), 10 a.m–5 p.m., $7.62 for adults, $3.81 for seniors/youth, $2.86 for children.
ART: The Power Plant Contemporary Gallery is open this holiday Monday, offering you one last chance to see its spring exhibitions of the works of Lawrence Weiner and Carey Young. The Other Side of a Cul-de-Sac builds upon Weiner’s relationship with Toronto through a new installation of text-based works. Meanwhile, Counter Offer provides an overview of Young’s works in video, photography, text, and performance, highlighting her commentary on the links between conceptual art, business, and global commerce. Power Plant Contemporary Gallery (231 Queens Quay West), 12–6 p.m., $5 adults, $3 students/seniors, FREE for children.
ANIMALS: Today is also the final day of the Toronto Humane Society‘s Spring Adoption Blitz, which has been placing stray animals into loving, stable homes throughout this long weekend. During the “adopt-a-thon,” workers are attempting to find new families for 435 cats, seventy dogs, more than 180 kittens, and nineteen puppies. Many other small domestic animals such as rabbits, gerbils, and hamsters are also available for adoption. 11 River Street and 2802 Victoria Park Avenue, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., donations requested for adoptions.

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