Pride flaunts it; Kennedy takes care of the earth
About 10 days of Toronto Bike Week are still left (guess “Bike Fortnight” didn’t go over well with test audiences), and there are dozens of ways to get sweaty and see the city while honouring earth-friendly transport. Take an ecological bike tour or a Wenches With Wrenches workshop, ride for heart disease, ride to work – just ride, baby, ride. Through June 12. www.toronto.ca/cycling/bikeweek.
Sure, naive youngsters might think the day is just an excuse to get drunk and wet, but anyone who’s followed the gay rights movement at all knows marching down the street naked in chaps next to the mayor is a serious political achievement. Plus this is the 25th anniversary of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride and it should be one hell of a party. The Dyke
March is June 25, and the huge parade extravaganza hits the street June 26. Those seeking a more earnest celebration of queer achievements should check out the swank Pride 25 Awards
Gala June 21 at the Sutton Place Hotel. $250. 416-927-7433, www.pridetoronto. com.
Arab Federation meets
Dive into hot ’n’sticky topics like sharia law in Canada, how Arabic newcomers and artists are getting shafted, as well as phobias and isms within the community itself. All at this year’s thought-provoking Canadian Arab Federation Conference at Metro Hall (55 John), June 18. $40-$80. 416-4938635, www.caf.ca.
Kennedy’s common touch
Need a little greenspiration to get off your ass and save the earth? Robert
Kennedy Jr. is coming back to T.O. to talk about his river restoration battles, fighting corporate powers and working toward a healthy planet. Worth it, especially if you’ve never heard him. Location tba, June 23, 7 pm. From $54.95. Register at 416-964-0011, www.learningannex.ca.
How to mark an anniversary as tragic as the bombing of Hiroshima 60 years ago this August? Gather in the Peace Gar
den at City Hall for a lantern ceremony, words from survivors and reminders that nuclear weapons are still a menace. August 6, Nathan Phillips Square. Contact Mike at 416-463-9163.