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Photo from last year’s NXNE Festival courtesy of FLIP Publicity & Promotions Inc.
MUSIC: North by Northeast, the fifteenth annual five-day festival of music, film, and partying (with extended licensing until 4 a.m.) officially kicks off today, launching a welcomed monopoly on city clubs, theatres, and stages—which Torontoist will be covering throughout its run. If your invitation for the Gala Launch Party at the Berkeley Church got lost in the mail, The Drake is hosting the NXNE Launch After-Party (by invite or with a wristband). It will feature the collaborative film project of three-minute music documentaries, City Sonic, highlighting Toronto’s music scene. If you’re sans invitation or wristband, your next best bet might be the unofficial NXNE DJ Showcase at The Social. North by Northeast, which runs until June 21, will feature a whole slew of live performances, films, and conference sessions around town. For the full schedule and more information on purchasing wristbands and passes, visit the festival’s website. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $5–10. The Social (1100 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $10.
CYCLING: CultureLink and the Toronto Cyclists Union team up for “Cycling: From Back Home To Our New Home,” a campaign to promote the benefits of cycling. Members of the Toronto Cyclists Union, Toronto Public Health, and keynote speaker Dr. Chris Cavacuiti will speak about integration, health, and sustainable transportation. Today’s program will be offered in several languages for newcomer groups, followed by an open house to celebrate CultureLink’s new location. CultureLink (2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301), 2–3 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival is back in its sixth year to celebrate theatre, food, and public space at Dufferin Grove Park. The festival, which runs nightly until June 21, features outdoor theatre and organic dining (meat and vegetarian options), with food cooked in the park’s wood-fired outdoor community bake ovens. The festival is hosted by the Victorian touring company Les Trouvères, who will lead the audience from site to site throughout the park to see a variety of performances. Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin Street), Dinner served from 6 p.m., performances begin at 7 p.m., PWYC ($10 suggested donation).
MUSIC: Haligonian garage punk rock trio The Stolen Minks piled into their van (a ’95 Pontiac TransSport affectionately nicknamed “The Dustbuster”) and are arriving in town tonight to deliver what is sure to be a raw and punchy performance, complete with explosive chanting and zany antics. Touring to promote last fall’s release of their second album, High Kicks, the Minks are joined by Hamilton native B.A. Johnston and Toronto’s own The Guest Bedroom. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 10 p.m., $5.