Urban Planner: June 28, 2009
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Urban Planner: June 28, 2009

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PARADE: With rain in the forecast for most of the afternoon, this year’s Pride theme “Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop” will be heavily tested. We rally the pride community and pride supporters not to let the rain dampen their spirits, but rather to embrace opportunities for jokes about things like coming home wet. The Twenty-ninth Annual Pride Parade starts at Bloor and Church, travelling west to Yonge Street, and then south on Yonge to Gerrard Street for the finish. Judges will be watching for best costumes, art direction, special effects, sound design, and more. Church and Bloor streets to Yonge and Gerrard streets, 2 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: Some may remember the recent story of Carl Wilson’s mini-catapult to fame when James Franco mentioned him on Oscar’s red carpet, after which Wilson was invited as a guest on The Colbert Report. At Soundscapes this afternoon Carl Wilson will be discussing his 33 1/3 tome Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, while newly published (in North America at least) fellow 33 1/3 author Matthew LeMay contributes thoughts about his love of Elliott Smith’s XO. Potentially one of the more interesting and well-attended public music discussions of the summer. Soundscapes (572 College Street), 2 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: This season’s second Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market embraces the theme of FIRE and wouldn’t it be nice to think that revellers’ spirits could hold off the predicted rain. Planned street party events include the crowning of the Sun King, the making of sun dials, dancing, and the worship of the sun. There will also be free hugs available from CouchSurfing Toronto. Kensington Market, 1–7 p.m. (to 10 p.m. on Augusta), FREE.
FOOD: MyMarket Liberty Village launches its summer market season with a strawberry festival. The official ribbon-cutting by Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., after which there will be music, culinary demos, free food samples, face painting and balloons, and, of course, fresh market produce from local farmers. MyMarket Liberty Village (34 Hanna Avenue, Green P lot), 9 a.m.–2 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: It’s day two of the opening weekend for the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, and all festival events in Nathan Phillips Square play on despite the city workers’ strike. Today’s free shows at the City Hall venues begin with Bill McBirnie & The ‘Paco Paco’ Band on the Mainstage at noon, Eliana Cuevas in the Verve Lounge at 2 p.m., Shakura S’Aida on the Primus Stage at 5 p.m, and Soozi Schlanger at the Jazz.FM Broadcast Centre at 6 p.m. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 12–6 p.m., FREE.

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