Weekend Planner: March 3–4, 2012

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Weekend Planner: March 3–4, 2012

In this Weekend Planner: the International Bike Show rolls into town; guerrilla gardeners begin a new season of seedy activities; watch homemade robots bash the living mechanics out of each other, and much more!

The Ladies of The Sketchersons are bringing the laughs this weekend for a fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Sharilyn Johnson.

BICYCLES: ‘Tis the season to be taking your bike in for tune-ups, replacing the old batteries in your lights, and riding your way into the sunset. The Toronto International Bike Show is back to show you the wonderful world of bikes and accessories and to help you out with bike-related purchasing decisions. Also, be sure to catch the Toronto BMX Jam and mountain-bike stunt competition. Better Living Centre (200 Princes’ Boulevard), Friday to Sunday, times vary, $13.

ENVIRONMENT: It’s never too late to go green. The Eastern GTA Eco Summit aims to spread the word of Mother Nature by bringing together organizations and individuals for a day of sessions focusing on ways to help better the environment. UTSC Instructional Centre, (1095 Military Trail), Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.

PUBLIC SPACE: Sorry, winter. You had your chance. Toronto’s Guerrilla Gardeners are back for a new season of seed-bombing, plant rescuing, and generally making our city a better place to live in. Check out the first installment in the Seedy Saturday/Sunday series where you’ll get great information on compost and building healthy soils, and also the chance to buy, sell, and trade heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. Scadding Court (707 Dundas Street W.), Saturday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m., PWYC.

ROBOTS: If you’ve ever wanted to take over the world with a giant robot but were worried about the legalities, this is the next best thing. The SUMO Robot Challenge invites participants to bring in their best homemade robots for a blast of head-to-head combat that pushes imagination and mechanical skills to the next level. OCAD University Auditorium (100 McCaul Street), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., $5 (free for contestants).

ART PANEL: Check out the work of female artists and designers at Leap Year (brought to you by the Woman King Collective), an event that asks, “What would you do if only once every four years you could break any rule for just one day alone?” Featuring the work of 10 Canadians who are aiming to answer that question, the event hosts a panel discussion called, “Breaking the Rules: The Mythology of Identity and Creating the Feminine.” The Department (1389 Dundas Street W.), Saturday, 2 p.m.–4 p.m., FREE.

CHARITY: Don’t miss Concert for CAMR: A Campaign for Global Access to Meds—a bid to raise awareness of “Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime,” legislation that will help provide countries in the global south with medication to fight diseases like HIV/AIDS. The concert features Quique Escamilla, The Folk, The Cool Hands, The Liras, and Sonagur. All proceeds are going to the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. El Mocambo, (464 Spadina Avenue), Saturday, 8 p.m., $10.

COMEDY: Fans of the acclaimed Vancouver podcast, Stop Podcasting Yourself, are in for a treat. The comedic duo will be holding a live recording at Comedy Bar featuring special guests Mark Little and Bob Kerr and a standup set. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street W.), Saturday, 8 p.m., $17. And for even more laughs, stick around for a sketch show that speaks for itself: “The Ladies of The Sketchersons Present: The Boston Tit Party Fundraiser!” These funny ladies have been chosen to appear at the Women in Comedy Festival held in Boston and are looking for funds to get there. The event features a silent auction, a bachelorette auction, a dance party, and more. Also at Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street W.) Saturday, 10 p.m., $15.

STUDIES: Interested in studying abroad but don’t know where to start? The Study and Go Abroad Fair is back to help make things easier for you. You’ll find information on undergraduate and postgraduate programs, chances to speak with profs, and seminars on topics like volunteering, travelling, and so forth. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building (255 Front Street W.), Sunday, 1 p.m.–6 p.m., FREE.

Correction, March 3, 2:00PM: The photo above was taken by Sharilyn Johnson, and the credit has been changed to reflect that. As well, tickets for the Ladies of the Sketchersons show is $15. Enjoy!


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