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Get ready for this, Canada. Photo courtesy of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
Double-up street parties, launch your business like you mean it, mayoral candidates on art, and David Suzuki on sustainability.
PARTY: It’s not 2015 just yet, per se, but the Pan/Parapan American Games care not: they’re celebrating the official launch of the Games. The highlight of the par-tay is the unveiling of the logo—an icon we’re sure to see lots of in the years to come. Expect hundreds of kids, athletes, interactive sports activities, live music and dance, and some famous Canadian faces: Chantal Kreviazuk, Simon Whitfield, Karl Wolf, Mark McKoy, and more. Maple Leaf Square (15 York Street, at the corner of Bremner Boulevard in front of the Air Canada Centre), ceremony begins at 11 a.m., FREE.
ANOTHER PARTY: Yes, that’s right!: Gould Street gets hip with the kids today by going pedestrian-friendly and throwing the Gould Street Carnival. Get your street party going (it’s so long ‘til Nuit Blanche) with Ryerson president Sheldon Levy and student union president Toby Whitfield, not to mention students, faculty, and staff—all at the corner of Gould and Victoria streets. Toronto’s newest pedestrian zone is making the whole back-to school thing slightly more bearable. Main Stage at Ryerson University (at Gould and Victoria streets), remarks at 12:30 p.m., FREE.
TALK: MaRS Discovery District wants to teach you about entrepreneurship—for free. Entrepreneurship 101 is a non-credit, introductory course (and again, free) that takes you through all the steps of developing and managing your own business. Topics thus far include business models, defining your market, hiring your team, protecting intellectual property, and (perhaps most importantly) raising capital. Even awesomer? Enter your blossoming business in the Up-Start Competition and cross your fingers to win ten thousand dollars. MaRS Centre auditorium (101 College Street), 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., FREE.
DEBATE: Are you an artist? Do you think arts are important in the life of the city? If you answered yes then ArtsVote is where your scene collides with George Smitherman and Rob Ford (and all the others). The Toronto Mayoral Arts Debate is presented by Business for the Arts, ArtsVote, the Toronto Arts Council, the AGO, and Manifesto. And by Torontoist, a bit: we’ll be live-streaming the debate for those of you who can’t make it down in person. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), doors open at 5 p.m. (debate from 6–7:30p.m.), FREE.
WORDS: Everyone’s fave environmentalist (and from before it was hip, natch) David Suzuki stops at Authors at Harbourfront Centre to promote his new book and movie The Legacy. If Suzuki had one last lecture to give, what would he say? That’s the book’s premise, Margaret Atwood’s on board, and it’s since become this (allegedly) uplifting lecture. There’s a short Q&A and a book signing to follow. York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., $10 (free for students).