Radar: Bixi Bike Launch, Canadian Track and Field Championships, In the Mood For Love, Nero at Wrongbar, ShOUT Unconference
CYCLING | Bixi Bikes Toronto Launch
Given our fanatical love of two-wheeled transport in this city, it's surprising that until now we haven't had public bike rentals. In Montreal, London, Minneapolis and Melbourne, the Bixi bike program is already in full swing, allowing riders borrow bicycles for an unlimited number of 30-minute installments in exchange for a nominal $95 annual fee. Bixis (a combination of "bike" and "taxi") finally get their Toronto launch today with a party and test ride session at the Gladstone, but the project needs 1000 subscribers before November if it's going to survive. So if you don't own a bike but are in favour of sustainable transportation, time to shell out and saddle up.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Free, 7 pm - 10 pm
SPORTS | Canadian Track and Field Championships
The best athletes from across Canada descend on U of T's Varsity Centre over the next four days for the national track and field championships. Today and Thursday will see would-be champions attempt to qualify for the semi-final rounds, while Friday and Saturday will feature an action packed program of nothing but semis and finals. The highlight of competition is Friday's match-up between Perdita Felicien and her arch rival Pricilla Lopes-Schliep, the two leading ladies of Canadian hurdling. It will be the 30th time the two have met in competition. Runs til July 31.
Varsity Centre, 299 Bloor Street West, four-day pass $40, one-day pass $10 Wednesday and Thursday, $20 Friday and Saturday, Wednesday 1 pm - 6 pm, Thursday 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Friday 7 am - 7 pm, Saturday 12:30 pm - 4 pm
FILM | Longo's Free Flicks: In the Mood for Love
Passion, romance, food. We all need them at some point in our lives, and they're the subject of Wong Kar-Wai's 2000 masterpiece In the Mood For Love. Set in 1960s Hong Kong, the film is the latest in a series of culinary-themed films screening for free at Harbourfront as part of Longo's Free Flicks, and tells the story of two neighbours who spend their days alone eating "lonely noodle" and wondering if their overworked spouses are cheating on them. One day they share a meal and realize they're in the same boat, and a long romance ensues. The outdoor setting and lakeside view at the Harbourfront's Sirius Stage make it a perfect date venue, and since the movie's all about food why not add to the atmosphere and pack a picnic.
Harbourfront Sirius Stage, 235 Queens Quay West, Free, 9 pm
MUSIC | Nero at Wrongbar
UK duo Nero will be packing the dance floor at Wrongbar tonight with their unique blend of dubstep and drum and bass. Carrying the endorsement of legendary DJ Pete Tong, the pair had a massive hit with their remix of Streets' Blinded by the Lights and have toured the world without even having released a proper album. They're currently nearing the end of a huge North American jaunt.
Wrongbar, 1279 Queen Street West, $15, 10 pm
COMMUNITY | ShOUT Unconference: Feminism in Transition
ShOUT is an unconference series put together by the Queer West young adult group. What's an unconference, you ask? It's sort of like an unbirthday: it's not really a conference, but you act like it is. The participant-led meetings operate without an agenda and give queer young adults a chance to interact and voice their opinion on common issues. Tonight's discussion focuses on transphobic violence and the too-frequent exclusion of trans identified people from the wider gay community.
Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Avenue, Free, 6:30 pm
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