Urban Planner: June 7, 2009
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Urban Planner: June 7, 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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ANIMALS: Love-struck pooches will have the opportunity to declare their undying canine love today at the first-ever Woofstock Doggie Weddings High Tea. Doggie couples dressed in wedding attire will receive a certificate of “muttrimony” upon celebration of their “commuttment.” The event is the official launch for next week’s Woofstock, North America’s largest festival for dogs and dog lovers. Proceeds from today’s fundraiser go towards the Pet Trust Fund in support of canine cancer research. Le Meridian King Edward Hotel (37 King Street East), 2–4 p.m., FREE ($10 donation suggested). Space is still available, online registration preferred: [email protected]
FILM: This afternoon, the Bloor Cinema is screening the 1982 animated classic The Secret of NIMH, based on the Newbery Medal–winning book by Robert C. O’Brien (titled Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH). The film features a society of rats who escaped from a laboratory where they were captured and experimented upon (NIMH stands for the National Institute of Mental Health). The experiments massively boost the rats’ intelligence and prolong their lifespan. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 2:30 p.m., $8 or $5 for members/seniors/children.
PERFORMANCE: As part of Luminato, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts is hosting New Waves Festival. The event is a multidisciplinary culmination of original works and creative happenings by hundreds of youth artists, led by the Young Centre’s own resident artists. The highlight is Virtuosic Toronto, a program that mixes film with live dance and music. Young Centre artists shot videos of Torontonians doing everyday tasks with a high level of proficiency—an African drum maker, a barista, and a noodle-maker, among others. Choreographers and musicians then created dances and soundtracks inspired by the movement documented in the videos. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street), 2–7 p.m., FREE.
ART: The opening for the fourth annual Hillcrest Village Fibreworks Show is today at the Side Space Gallery, where the handicraft of sixteen local west-end weavers, dyers, quilters, and embroiderers will be featured. The show began in 2006, and organizers have since extended an open invitation to professional and amateur artists interested in submitting fibre-based work. Some pieces are available for purchase. Side Space Gallery (1080 St. Clair Avenue West), 2–6 p.m., FREE.
ART: The eleventh outing for the Riverdale Art Walk takes place this weekend, and a juried fine arts show of work from a hundred Ontario artists is on display. Artwork is exhibited in Jimmie Simpson Park, retail spaces, artists studios, and galleries in the Riverdale and Leslieville neighbourhoods. There will be a beer tent from Steam Whistle Brewery, a self-guided studio tour along Carlaw Avenue, live music, children’s activities, food and drink, and a members’ show for the Artists’ Network at the Hang Man Gallery. Queen Street East (from the DVP to Carlaw Avenue) and north along Carlaw Avenue to Dundas Street, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.

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