Urban Planner: June 1, 2011
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Urban Planner: June 1, 2011

Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

Fresh tomatoes and berries for sale at the Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market in 2009. Photo by Alfred Ng from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Today in Toronto: fuel up for your morning bike ride with a Bike Month breakfast, grab some fresh fruit and vegetables at the Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market, celebrate queer writers at the Brockton Writers Series, watch eight short films about espionage at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and help This Magazine celebrate its 45th birthday.

COMMUNITY: It’s Bike Month, and that means there are lots of great events taking place around the city. This morning, hop on your bike—or grab a Bixi bike if you don’t have your own—and pedal down to Hart House for a free Bike Month Breakfast. Make sure to get there early to guarantee you won’t leave with an empty stomach. Arbor Room Patio, Sammy’s Student Exchange (7 Hart House Circle), 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m., FREE (while supplies last).
FOOD: It’s nice and sunny, and we’ve all been complaining about rain for weeks, so you should spend some time outside today. The opening of the Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market is a great excuse to leave the confines of your grey office cubicle. You can pick up fresh fruits and vegetables or even some fresh flowers to brighten up your desk. The farmers’ market runs every Wednesday until October. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: Tonight, you can hear from authors including David Bateman, Debra Anderson, James Loney, and TL Cowan at Brockton Writers Series: Celebrating Queer Writers. The event will feature readings, a Q&A, and networking sessions for new and established writers. St. Anne’s Church (270 Gladstone Avenue), 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m., suggested donation of $3–$5.
FILM: Espionage is the theme of the night at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for The Perlin Papers. Jenny Perlin will showcase eight short films that reveal stories of domestic espionage in the United States during the Cold War period. The films are based on information discovered through an archive of FBI documents about the investigation, trial, and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 7:00 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: Lovers of independent publishing can celebrate nearly half a century of it at This Magazine‘s 45th Anniversary Party tonight. The festivities will feature readings by Lauren Kirshner, Faye Guenther, and Paule Kelly-Rheaume, and music by DJ M-Dash and DJ Castle Frank. This is also recognizing its four-and-a-half decades of great work with a special anniversary issue. No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street), 8:00 p.m., admission is PWYC.