Urban Planner: August 25, 2011
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Urban Planner: August 25, 2011

In today’s Urban Planner: empty your pockets of change at Buskerfest, see some fantastic costumes in the likeness of anime characters, take a tour along Rob Ford’s “path of destruction,” join the last Art Spin bike tour of the summer, and hear what everyone is raving about at Adam & the Amethysts’ album pre-release party.

FlameOz playing with fire at last year’s Scotiabank Buskerfest. Image Courtesy of Scotiabank Buskerfest.

FESTIVAL: Have your change ready for this year’s Scotiabank Buskerfest, which will see all kinds of street performances going on throughout the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. There will be contortionists, flame throwers, and other creative folk with astonishing skills and talents such as Toronto’s Fireguy, who mixes fire-juggling circus tricks with skateboard stunts. There will definitely be an act to capture your attention here! The event runs until August 28, with proceeds going to Epilepsy Canada. Front Street (between Jarvis Street and Yonge Street), 12 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE or PWYC.

EXPO: Fan Expo Canada, an emporium for fans of horror, comics, sci-fi, and anime comes to our fair city this weekend with special appearances from the likes of William Shatner, Boneville creator Jeff Smith, and others. See our list of Expo highlights here. The event runs until August 28. Metro Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), 4 p.m.–9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday, $25–$40.

TOUR: Community group Stop the Cuts is calling for others to join them to protest Rob Ford’s cut to services in the downtown east in Stop Ford’s Cuts! They will provide you with a free community meal, followed by a lively and probably very entertaining tour of Rob Ford’s “proposed path of destruction in the Downtown East,” where you will see daycare centres, community centres, public libraries, shelters for the homeless, and the like. Allan Gardens (Sherbourne Avenue and Carlton Street), 5:30 p.m., FREE.

BICYCLE TOUR: Today is this summer’s last edition of Art Spin, a bicycle led, guided art tour of the west end art district. This tour will visit the Neubacher Shor Contemporary and feature a music performance by Evalyn Parry and bike drawings from Tongue & Groove Collective, and Abell Studios. It will end at the opening of the Art Spin’s Second Annual Exhibition at the 99 Gallery, which is followed by an after-party with music performances, live projections, and art installations. The exhibit runs until September 24. Art Spin, Gates of Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue), meet at 6:30 p.m., depart at 7 p.m., FREE; art exhibition at 99 Gallery (99 Sudbury Street), 9 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: Adam & the Amethysts are having a pre-release party in anticipation of their upcoming release, Flickering Flashlight. These guys are led by multi-instrumentalist Adam Waito, whose last album, Amethyst Amulet, effortlessly conveyed that folky Canadian sound that is so hard to pull off. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 10 p.m., PWYC.

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