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The cast of Expect Theatre’s AWAKE. Photo by Steve Carty.
Today in Toronto: hop on your two-wheeler to save the Pharmacy and Birchmount bike lanes; listen to three authors at a Brockton Writers Series reading; and put on your theatre-going outfit and brace yourself, because the Fringe Festival is underway with two plays—AWAKE and GREEN—on tap for tonight.
RALLY: Toronto city council will decide during its July 12–13 meeting whether to keep or scrap a number of bike lanes around the city as part of the mayor’s bike plan. A bike ride to save the Pharmacy and Birchmount bike lanes has already taken place, and a second one is planned for tonight, with the goal of raising awareness of the impending vote in the neighbourhood. The ride starts at Victoria Park Subway Station (Victoria Park Avenue and Denton Avenue), 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: The Brockton Writers Series hosts its monthly reading event tonight. The evening features three unique and compelling authors: Antanas Sileika, the director of the Humber School for Writers; Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, a poetry, short fiction, and essay writer; and Ian Malczewski, a Toronto-based educator, writer, and urban planner. St. Anne’s Church (270 Gladstone Avenue), 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., PWYC (suggested $3–$5).
THEATRE: The Fringe Festival starts today, and there are theatre and performance events all around town. Tonight, Expect Theatre presents AWAKE, a site-specific piece that explores gang violence—based on a real-life event—and takes the form of a funeral. The play runs Wednesday through Sunday until July 17. Walmer Road Baptist Church (188 Lowther Avenue), 8:00 p.m., $10–$11.
THEATRE: Also on the Fringe slate for tonight is the world premiere of GREEN, “a comedic satire which explores our general societal ignorance surrounding environmental issues.” The performance includes video, singing, and live narration, featuring Vran and Gertie, played by Marie-Claire Marcotte and Rebecca Davey. St. Vladimir’s Theatre (620 Spadina Avenue), 8:45 p.m., $15.
FRINGE: Want to see more of what Fringe has to offer? Check out our preview to track down the best of the fest.