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TALK: Studious? Dig owls? You know you do. Learn what makes them so damn clever with a talk by nature photographer Mark Peck in the Earth Rangers Studio at the Royal Ontario Museum. Bird-lover Peck is a world-travelling history buff, longtime technician in the Ornithology Department, and has a funnily fitting name. Curators Corner: Prowling for Owls, Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 6 p.m., $22 for general admission, $19 for students, free for members.
FILM: Hot Docs kicks into high-gear today, and so does our coverage of the festival. Stay tuned to Torontoist for festival coverage over the next week!
ART: Start out early today as the Toronto Botanical Garden unveils its newest addition: a magnificent and whimsical stainless steel creation by Canadian sculpture artist Ron Baird. The pricey gift from the Garden Club of Toronto is being delivered to its new home in dramatic style—via crane. Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Avenue East), 10 a.m., FREE.
ART: It’s your last chance to catch the Art For All Canada’s Art Show at Rainbow Cinemas Gallery in the heart of St. Lawrence Market. At 12:30 p.m., meet the artists: collage creator Camille Martin, photographer Derek Wuenschirs, and potter Brenda Sullivan—her Alice in Wonderland–like creations will have you tripping like the caterpillar. Rainbow Cinemas Gallery (80 Front Street East), show closes at 1 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Whether it’s your colour or not, dig out a Tour de France yellow jersey (or shirt, dress, or even just a ribbon, slacker) and head to Steam Whistle Brewing’s Ride to Conquer Cancer FUNdraiser, The Yellow Party. Amidst the DJ spinning tunes and the yellow costume contest, cancer survivor Mike Arlotto will be biking from 9 to 11 p.m. via donations that keep his wheels spinning. Brave spinning buffs can even climb on an on-stage bike to show their support. Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse (255 Bremner Boulevard), 8 p.m.–1 a.m., tickets $15 at the door.