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Original art from Ian Wallace’s illustrated interpretation of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” will be on display at the CBC building until October 6.
Today, TEDxToronto returns with a call to action, a classic Gordon Lightfoot song gets the artistic treatment, Art Spin wraps up the cycling season, and Puppetmongers takes on Dickens
CONFERENCE: TEDxToronto, the city’s annual TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference, returns for its second year today at the Glenn Gould Studio. This year’s theme is “A Call to Action,” and the conference will bring together the city’s foremost thought leaders, change makers, and ordinary citizens, with the hope of transforming their ambitious ideas into real action. Some of this year’s speakers include urban activist Dave Meslin, Da Kink in My Hair‘s Trey Anthony, and awesome blogger of awesome things Neil Pasricha, as well as many other Toronto rabble-rousers. Sadly, the conference itself is all sold out, but a number of locations are holding satellite events, and the main conference will be webcast throughout the day. Various locations, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
ART: Over forty years ago, the CBC commissioned Gordon Lightfoot to write a song to commemorate Canada’s centennial. The result was “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” now a classic Canadian folk song that tracks the construction of the railway. Now, author and illustrator Ian Wallace has illustrated Lightfoot’s song in twenty-nine pastel drawings, which have been released as a book by Groundwood Books. The original artwork for Wallace’s visual interpretation of this evocative slice of Canadiana will be on display in the CBC atrium until October 6, and tonight is a special reception for the exhibit, with the artist in attendance, a performance from Jory Nash, and a possible appearance by Lightfoot himself (he’s not dead yet!). CBC Building (250 Front Street West), 5 p.m., FREE.
ART: The cycling season is going out with a bang with Art Spin‘s final event of the season. The wildly popular cycling art tour will take guests to XSPACE, Gallery TPW, and the Gladstone Hotel, a whirlwind voyage that will treat participants to a choreographed performance from salsa dancer Miko Sobreira and music from trumpeting cyclist Michael Lewis. Following the tour, guests will be taken to a ten-thousand-square-foot warehouse for an after-party with drinks, appetizers, and music. The party will also unveil an exhibition curated by Art Spin team members Casey Hinton, Layne Hinton, and Rui Pimenta and featuring works from over fifteen artists who use a variety of techniques, media, and materials. Meet at Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue), tour departs at 7 p.m. sharp, FREE.
THEATRE: Puppetmongers is the brainchild of Ann and David Powell, a brother-and-sister tag team whose Dora Award–winning productions strive to incorporate puppetry into the broader world of theatre. Their latest effort, Hard Times, uses Charles Dickens‘s 1854 novel as its inspiration, a work that looks at the impact of industrialization and the demands of labour on workers and children. The play focuses on questions surrounding education, utilitarianism, and reliance on capital production, issues that are still resonant today. The play begins previews tonight, officially opens on October 5, and runs until October 16. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., previews $15, regular performances $30–$35.