Urban Planner: June 28, 2012
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Urban Planner: June 28, 2012

In this Urban Planner: get into the pre-Canada Day spirit with an art exhibition of fireworks; shake down with free dancing lessons at Harbourfront; and a solo show details how one man sexually assaulted the Prime Minister and lived to tell the tale.

Boom! A new exhibition that celebrates fireworks opens tonight. Image by the Broadbent Sisters.

ART: If the pyromaniac in you has been waiting for the country-wide fireworks celebration this Sunday, here’s something that will help pass the time. Boom by Boom is a multimedia exhibition that features fireworks in all their glory. The show takes Youtube screen grabs of fireworks shows and re-imagines them through blue ink (and a style that doesn’t look that dissimilar to Vincent van Gogh’s). Studio 835 (835 Bloor Street West), opening reception, 5:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m., FREE.

DANCE: Looking to improve your dance skills? Well, now’s your chance to unleash your inner John Travolta along the boardwalk, all summer long. Dancing on the Pier is a completely free weekly series that aims to teach forms of dance from all over the world to dancers of all ages and levels of experience. Jump in on this inaugural week to get a taste of cumbia and salsa! Hosted by Martin Samuels, with music provided by house bands Pablo Terry & Sol de Cuba and the Toronto All-Star Big Band. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: For one night only, you can catch the satiric tale of one man’s sexual encounter with the current prime minister of Canada. FUCKING STEPHEN HARPER: How I Sexually Assaulted the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada and Saved Democracy (yes, that’s the title) is a critically acclaimed solo show from the mind of Rob Salerno. This memoir performance tells Salerno’s side of an incident that occurred while he was covering the 2008 federal election. The Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament Street), 9 p.m., $15 advance, $20 door.

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