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The weekend cold snap did wonders for the Natrel Rink ice, which will host a skating party this Family Day. Photo by Jennifer Hart, courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.
In today’s Urban Planner, spend Family Day on ice or indoors with the young ‘uns at the Harbourfront Centre; celebrate the opening of a new exhibit on policing at the Cabbagetown Museum or the launch of the newest issue of Spacing; or spend your night with the clowns at Bad Dog Theatre.
OPENING: The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum, in association with Toronto Police’s 51 Division, is opening a new exhibit in the lobby of the division’s headquarters this morning. The exhibit covers the history of policing in this area of the city, including close looks at women in the police force and the Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit, which has been a strong success for the division since its inception in the 1990s. Chief Bill Blair will be on hand to open the exhibit and reminisce about his time as a beat cop in the neighborhood in the 1970s. Toronto Police 51 Division Headquarters (51 Parliament Street), 10 a.m., FREE.
FAMILY: There are free events all over town today as part of Family Day, including at four City of Toronto public spaces, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox, but Harbourfront Centre has an edge, especially for those who enjoy spending time on two of them. The weekend’s cold snap has really firmed up the ice on their Natrel Rink, which is the centrepiece of their Family Day programming; host Kristian Reimer will be keeping both the indoor and outdoor crowd entertained and informed about the day’s festivities and workshops, including screenings of the classic NFB hockey short The Sweater, and appearances by hockey Olympians Jayna Hefford and Greg Westlake. York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 11 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: The good folks at Spacing magazine have a new issue to chase away our still-lingering winter blues, and this weekend’s back-with-a-vengeance chill is the perfect time to throw the accompanying party. There’ll be games and prizes, and even a free back issue for anyone who comes wearing a “Left Wing Pinko” button (perhaps pinned to their long johns?). El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $5–$10.
CLOWNS: The improvisers at Bad Dog Theatre, who are leaving the Danforth in a week’s time, are giving one of their last nights over to the clowns. Popular red-nosed sisters Morro and Jasp host a late night adult-oriented showcase of physical comedy by duo clown and bouffon acts, entitled Red Nose District; it’ll be the last non-improv show at the space before it closes. Bad Dog Theatre (138 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $10.
Red Nose District, the clown show at Bad Dog Theatre, begins at 8 p.m., not 10 p.m. as we originally stated. Apologies for any planning trouble our error may have caused.