Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. 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].
ART: IX Gallery is hosting an opening reception for “The Film Industry Art Show.” The show, which runs through October 3, features a TIFF-inspired exhibit of artists who are stepping out of their usual niche in the film industry to showcase other artistic endeavours. The show will feature mixed-media works by a bevy of directors, producers, production designers, casting panel members, photographers, and wardrobe designers including Bradley Dworkin, Ben Edelberg, Dave Gillespie, Christine Hamlett, Jason George, Mitch Harrison, Ann Henshaw, Peter Mihaichuk, and Chris Musina. The opening will be complemented with music by composer for television and film, Steve Sexton. IX Gallery (11 Davies Avenue, Unit 303), Saturday 1–4 p.m., FREE.
CYCLING: If you want to ride your bicycle and you want to ride it where you like (à la Queen’s Bicycle Race), join the Suburban Critical Mass this weekend. Riders will take a spin en masse through the suburbs in celebration of cycling and car-free culture, while raising awareness for cycling conditions outside of the downtown core. The event is held on the second Saturday of every month, while the downtown Critical Mass event is held on the last Friday of each month. Northwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue East (2300 Yonge Street), Saturday 3 p.m., FREE.
SALE: Sci-fi and anime
geeks enthusiasts will delight in the annual flea market that is being hosted by The Friends of the Merril Collection. Get there early for the best selection of second-hand books, DVDs, action figures, and other collectibles. With some luck, you might even find that Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot action figure (circa 1977) you’ve been hunting for. Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: As red carpets are unrolling for celebrities who are in town for the Toronto International Film Festival, the folks at Improv In Toronto are doing what they do best: pulling clever pranks and causing general mayhem. As part of the “Spotlight on the Red and White” mission, a counterfeit carpet—lined with volunteers posing as crazed fans, fake security personnel, and photographers—will play host to a number of pseudo-celebs in the hopes of garnering media attention and luring photojournalists away from the real red carpets. This is Improv In Toronto’s most heavily funded mission ever, and with a TV network sponsoring the event, you’ll have a chance to get on the tube, too. Park near Bay Station (corner of Cumberland and Bellair streets), Saturday 1:45–4 p.m., FREE.
ART: Your TTC wait and ride will be much more pleasurable this weekend, resplendent with urban dance, music, and visual and performance art with the launch of “City on the Move: A Festival of Young Artists in Transit.” The festival, which is an initiative by Toronto Cultural Services, will feature young artists performing at subway stations and on subway cars, buses, and streetcars. Catch local choreographer and performer Diana Viselli and her troupe for hip-hop, jazz, African, and Bollywood dance performances at Downsview, Eglinton West, and Spadina stations. Toronto vocalist and violist Tova Kardonne will lead a small choir at Kipling, Islington, Royal York, and Spadina stations. Check out the full schedule here. In addition to this weekend’s performances, the program will feature photography by Ayesha Stewart at Don Mills station and textile sculptures by Xiaojing Yan at Kennedy Station during the month of September. Various TTC locations, Saturday and Sunday 12–3 p.m., FREE.
CARNIVAL: The Amsterdam Brewery will feel like turn-of-the-century France this weekend as it hosts the Carnival de Reverie (Carnival of Daydreams en anglais). As in your wildest daydreams, the carnival will provide an exquisite offering of acrobats, aerial artists, midway games, carnival freaks and oddities, and culinary samplings. Guests are encouraged to participate by adorning themselves with costumes and masks. All proceeds from the event will support the I Can Fly Project, an initiative to empower underprivileged children and youth through circus arts. Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street); Sunday 7 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at the door.