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Radar: Bike-In Movie Night, Aretha Franklin at the Toronto Jazz Festival, "I Worry" Opening Reception, Franco-Fête, Parkdale Community Street Party

FILM | Bike-In Movie Night
Leave your car behind and pedal over to Toronto's Don Valley Ravine System tonight to catch the Evergreen Brick Works' special night at the bike-in movie theatre. Films will play under the outdoor roofed Pavilion space and every movie will be bike-themed and family-friendly. Amsterdam beers will be served and a snack bar will be set up to make the evening a true "drive-in" experience. The best part? The event is PWYC with all proceeds going toward Bike Works programming, which encourages alternative transportation strategies for the citizens of Toronto.
Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) 7PM Pay What You Can

MUSIC | Aretha Franklin at the Toronto Jazz Festival
Jazz, blues and soul legend Aretha Franklin kicks off the 25th Annual Toronto Jazz Festival tonight with a free performance for all audiences at Metro Square. The 18-time Grammy Award winner's concert will be the highlight of the first day of the 2011 festival, which runs until July 3rd. The performance marks one of the few in recent years by the 69-year-old singer and is just the beginning of this year's incredible line-up, which includes the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Canadian Jazz Quarter with Harry Allen, who each perform at various other locations across the city.
Metro Square (221 King Street West) 8:30PM Free

ART | I Worry Opening Reception
I Worry is an interactive video installation, described as a social experiment and confessional, which examines the worries of 100 strangers who have each answered the question "What do we worry about most?" Tonight's opening reception will allow guests to write their most private worries on the public walls of Labspace Studio, as they view the anxieties of others featured in the installation. The project, which began on the streets of Toronto in 2010, is the first for The (Re)collection Project, a collective that seeks to investigate people's memories through experiments such as this. The evening's festivities will feature an interactive zone with a DJ taking the stage at 10:30PM.
Labspace Studio (2A Pape Avenue) 7PM Pay What You Can

CULTURE | Franco-FĂŞte
One of the largest Francophone events in the province, Franco-FĂŞte's festival program begins tonight with a large selection of food, arts and musical events inspired by international Francophone cultures. Tonight, Coeur de Pirate, the Juno-nominated Quebecois indie pop artist, is set to perform and Motown Records' nu-soul singer Ben L'Oncle Soul, known for French renditions of mainstream pop songs, makes his Toronto debut. Amongst musical performances, there will be Francophone cuisines to be sampled and a special spotlight to honour France will be a feature throughout the festival, which ends this Sunday.
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) 7PM Free

COMMUNITY | Parkdale Community Street Party
The Parkdale community is shutting down the streets this afternoon for a neighbourhood block party, hosted by Parkdale Community Legal Services, in celebration of their 40th anniversary. The block party will take place at Queen and Noble, where there will be free games, music, activities, prizes and food. The event is family-friendly and shuts down at 6:30PM but is a great way to celebrate the community and meet the neighbours who are devoted to the growth and protection of Parkdale.
Queen Street West & Noble Street (1266 Queen Street West) 2:30PM Free

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