Urban Planner: July 30, 2010
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Urban Planner: July 30, 2010

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Jesi the Elder is the first artist to have a full exhibit showing at Sonic Boom; there’s an opening reception at the Bloor and Bathurst record shop this evening. Image courtesy of Jesi the Elder.

In today’s Urban Planner, the Toronto Cyclists Union officially “opens” the Jarvis bike lanes; Sonic Boom hosts its first ever art exhibit opening, with Jesi the Elder; a spelling bee with high stakes; and Bishop Morocco leads you down an alleyway to show you their new record.

CYCLING: Studies are planned for the fall on how they’ve affected traffic, but the new Jarvis Street bike lanes are being celebrated nonetheless. The Toronto Cyclists Union intends to celebrate this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. We wonder—might Rocco Rossi make it out for the occasion? Jarvis Street and Wellesley Street, southwest corner, 8:30 a.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: Daps All Ages Concerts have teamed with Cultura to program an afternoon and evening of fun. Buskers, artists, and international food vendors will be showcased, and musicians such as Maylee Todd (who will be rocking the harp and the Tenori-on), Times Neue Roman, and Tanika Charles will be entertaining on the main stage until 9 p.m., when Charlie and The Chocolate Factory will be screened. Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge Street), 5 p.m. onwards, FREE.
ART: Record shop Sonic Boom is known for its elaborate window displays to promote albums, but they’ve never featured a full art exhibit—until now. Tonight, they’re hosting an opening reception for Jesi The Elder‘s month-long show, I Hate You More Than The Devil Hates Me, which will take up a wall of the cavernous store. Sonic Boom (512 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Seven Deadly Sins Festival wraps up tonight, featuring Wrath. Charles Bronson wages an all-out street war with punks in Death Wish 3 at 7 p.m., and a man kidnapped and imprisoned for decades for no obvious reason reaps his revenge in Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy at 9 p.m. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 7 p.m. & 9 p.m., $8 ($14 for the double bill).
MUSIC: It’s a busy night for concert-goers, with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros playing a sold-out show at the Phoenix, and United Steelworkers of Montreal playing with locals The Schomberg Fair and Great Bloomers at the Horseshoe Tavern. But the most intriguing show of the night will take place through a black door behind 102 Ossington, where Bishop Morocco is throwing their eponymous record release. The duo’s album is being touted as one of the best local releases of the year to date (we sure liked it), and they’ve assembled a line-up of great dance acts and DJs to celebrate late into the night in the heavily soundproofed location. UNITC (102 Ossington Avenue), rear entrance through alleyway off Humbert Street, 9 p.m., FREE.
CONTEST: Fifteen smarty-pants exhibitionists will be competing to see whose smarts keep their pants on longest at Strip Spelling Bee 7. Contestants lose a third of their attire for every word spelled wrong, until they’re down to their underwear (or birthday suit). There are prizes for the top speller and the top stripper. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), sign-up at 10 p.m., Bee at 10:30 p.m., $10 (must be 18+).