Weekend Planner: June 16–17, 2012
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Weekend Planner: June 16–17, 2012

This weekend, hop aboard a musical boat party; check out the future of green transportation; get an inside look at the life of a ballet dancer; don't miss the remaining events during NXNE's final weekend; and more.

Get inside an artist's head this weekend with a new exhibition called "Sketched Minds". Painting by Stephanie Delle Monache.

ENVIRONMENT: Transportation in Toronto is definitely one of today’s hottest topics. From cycling to public transit, everyone has something to say when it comes to figuring out healthier and more environmentally friendly ways to get around. To get a glimpse of a possible Toronto future, check out the Eco-Wheels Show, an event that features tons of new eco-friendly vehicles like hybrid, electric and solar-powered (!) cars, scooters, electric bicycles and more. The Distillery District (55 Mill Street), Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.

ART: Sometimes, we have so much going through our heads that the only way to make sense of it all is to let it pour out through creative channels. “Sketched Minds: An Art Exhibition,” by Anthony Bartelli and Stephanie Delle Monache, seeks to do just that. The exhibition is made up of sketches, paintings and mixed media. Wychwood Barns Community Gallery (601 Christie Street), Saturday and Sunday, times vary, FREE.

BALLET: Here’s a nice treat. You might wonder just how much work goes into putting on a ballet. Well, wonder no more. The National Ballet of Canada is inviting you to a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of dancers doing their training routine, on stage. Here, you’ll get to see part of the dancers’ daily ritual as led by Artist in Residence Rex Harrington, with commentary by Senior Ballet Master Peter Ottmann. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m., $10.

MUSIC: Ladies and gentleman, quite possibly the most difficult musical decision you’ll be faced with all year has arrived. In one corner, you’ve got the much-anticipated Radiohead gig in Downsview Park. In the other corner, you’ve got a free concert by the Flaming Lips. Both are at exactly the same time. Life. It ain’t fair. With that said, here’s yet another option: a NXNE party called the Bruise Cruise Festival (if you say that too quickly you might get it confused with something else). This cruise—which will actually take place on a boat—will take you on a musical journey with bands Bleached, Teenager, Hooded Fang and more. Loading at 207 Queens Quay West, Saturday, 1 p.m., ticket prices vary.

NXNE BBQ: NXNE has arrived at its grand-finale-epic-weekend. With all the music events left to enjoy, there are plenty of opportunities to find some fun in the sun. For those of you who have been fortunate enough to check out Silent Shout, the great Canadian electro-pop music series, you won’t want to miss their daytime BBQ (they’re calling it a Synthbeque), which features bands from across the country, including TOPS, Sean Nicholas Savage, Young Liars and much more. Milk Glass Co. (1247 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 3 p.m.–11 p.m., PWYC.

PARTY: Let the wild rumpus begin! To honour the late children’s author Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Small Print Toronto will be hosting the fourth annual Little City Festival. All afternoon, wild things of all ages can partake in a craft alley, dance along to the beat of a percussion troupe, enjoy a show from Centre of Gravity Circus Studio and much more. Sorauren Park (corner of Sorauren Avenue and Wabash Avenue), Sunday, 2 p.m.–5 p.m., FREE.

LUMINATO: Toronto’s multidisciplinary arts fest is celebrating its sixth installment this summer, and though the calendar feels a bit more sparse than previous years, there’s a lot of good stuff to check out.

NXNE: Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 11 to 17, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.


Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

CORRECTION: June 16, 2012, 12:35 PM This post originally referred to Small Print Toronto as Small Press Toronto; the error has now been corrected in the article above.

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