In today’s Urban Planner: an art exhibit by the Swedish furniture makers whose furniture probably adorns half of Toronto's apartments; an art exhibit about faraway, exotic locales; multi-cultural dance along the lake; and the first ever Sail-In Cinema in Canada!
ART: Going to IKEA is almost like going to an art exhibit anyways. The modernist space and colourful industrial designs create an experience similar to going to an art gallery, and it was only a matter of time until someone decided that IKEA should have some gallery space (at least for a little while). Enter exhibitIKEA, where four prominent Toronto artists create their own version of an IKEA installation in a gallery setting. Taking part in this event will be fashion designer David Dixon, photographer George Whiteside, sculptor Bruno Billio, and multimedia artist Thrush Holmes of Thrush Holmes Empire. M5V Condos (375 King Street West), 10 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
ART: Grande Italia is about the beauty of the cities, coastal, villages and landscapes of Italy and how these places fit into their natural surroundings. Photographer Neil Dankoff’s images evoke the nostalgia for a long-lost time and place. The exhibit runs until October 2, with the reception held during its opening tonight. Lonsdale Gallery (410 Spadina Road), 7 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: How great is it that you can walk by the Harbourfront Centre and there is always free entertainment around? Tonight, there is Dancing on the Pier: Bollywood Dance. DIYAS performers present the new wave of modern Bollywood dance culture, a blend of traditional Bollywood, melded with contemporary style and techniques. Community Tent 1, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Toronto Port Authority is marking its 100th anniversary by hosting a Sail-In Cinema. The event is the first of its kind in Canada and will feature nautical-themed movies each night of its three-night run until August 20. The opening screening features the classic film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, on two 28-foot screens that viewers can see from their private boats or even from the mainland! If you would like to see the film on land, you can book your free ticket here and bring something comfy to sit on. And for people with boats, what better way to spend a Thursday night on the water than enjoying the open air and watching a film? Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Drive), doors at 7 p.m. movie at 9 p.m., FREE.
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