Urban Planner: August 27, 2009
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Urban Planner: August 27, 2009

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Toronto-based Circus Orange performs Tricycle. Photo courtesy of BuskerFest and Circus Orange.

PERFORMANCE: At today’s launch of the Scotiabank BuskerFest, Australia’s Alakazam will attempt to jump through a really, really small hoop (a tennis racket, de-strung we assume) faster than anyone has before. Meanwhile, Mayor David Miller returns to celebratory cake-cutting duties following his recent mayoral hoop-jumping. More than a hundred street performers, corner clowns, musicians, and contortionists will be vying for our attention over the next four days. All proceeds from the festival’s entry fees go toward Epilepsy Toronto, with performers earning what money they can by passing the traditional hat. St. Lawrence Market area (50 Front Street East), 12–10 p.m., FREE (with donation).
FILM: We promise we’re not on some kind of bizarre movies-about-cycling kick, but, uh, here’s another movie about cycling… The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation presents VEER, a feature documentary about those among us who have taken bicycling beyond a simple means of transportation to a full-scale way of life. The film won best documentary at the Calgary Underground Film Festival this year, and Torontoist will be throwing in our two cents worth about the film this week. CineCycle (129 Spadina Avenue, alley entrance), 8 p.m., $8.
WORDS: A week from tomorrow, hundreds of insane writers will sit down before their writing medium of choice and not move until they have pumped out a hundred-page manuscript. Or until Monday at midnight—whichever comes first. The International 3-Day Novel Contest, now in its thirty-second year, makes a pep-talk pit-stop in Toronto tonight to bolster the resolve of this year’s local competitors. The party also serves as the Toronto launch of last year’s winning novel, The Videographer by Jason Rapczynski, and an opportunity for the author to talk about his three-day experience. Victory Café (581 Markham Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks perform as The Cool Kids at Lee’s tonight. The duo have been taking the world slow and steady since their appearance at the 2007 Pitchfork Festival with De La Soul. Their catchy, stripped-down tracks have been heard on Entourage and in NBA Live08. Catch a preview on their website of their upcoming When Fish Ride Bicycles album. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 8:30 p.m., $20.
ART: Ambitious little arts-festival-for-the-people Squiggfest launches tonight and runs until Saturday. The festival showcases a wide range of performance from dance and theatre through to music and sketch comedy. Oh! And art and photography, too. This year Bob Wiseman makes an appearance, plus comedian Sara Hennessey, half of now-defunct Boys of Thunder, dance company Collective Heat, and Montreal rockers Dead Messenger. See the festival website for a full (and we mean chock-full) lineup of artists. Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $5 per night or $8 for the full run.