Urban Planner: June 30, 2011
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Urban Planner: June 30, 2011

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The always popular taiko ensemble Nagata Shachu at last year’s Summer Music in the Garden event at the Harbourfront Centre. Photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.

In today’s Urban Planner: take a leisurely bike ride through some amazing artsy areas in the west end, take a break and soak up some classical sounds at the Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music in the Garden; and then head off to the Bell Lightbox to hear Jim Guthrie perform tunes from a video game soundtrack.

BICYCLE ART TOUR: Art Spin is a series of free, guided bike rides through the art district in the west end. This is the first outing of the year, and on each one, participants will go on a tour of art galleries, art performances, and unique installations. Entrance Gate at Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music in the Garden is back with free outdoor performances and popular garden tours. This year will once again feature classical and traditional music from all cultures. The series starts tonight with Quebecois group Genticorum, while other nights include Japanese taiko drum performances by Toronto-based Nagata Shachu and Persian classical sounds from the Shiraz Ensemble. The concert series runs every Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. until September 18. Toronto Music Garden (475 Queens Quay West), 5:30 p.m. garden tour, 7 p.m. performance, FREE.
MUSIC: The Midsummer Rockshowcase is a look (or, rather, a listen) at Toronto’s indie video game community with a performance by local legend Jim Guthrie and his seven-piece band performing tracks off his acclaimed Sword & Sworcery LP: The Ballad of the Space Babies, composed for the video game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. Cinema 2, TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 8 p.m., $13.