by carl wilson

A Walk on the Wild Side

While I'm quickly posting from work, last-minute notice to Torontopians about tonight's launch party for the new issue of Spacing, the magazine by the Toronto Public Space Committee, the most beautiful activist group in town. The theme of the issue is "Everyone Is A Pedestrian," a great slogan, although perhaps a bit contentious to the disabled - the subtitle is even better: "It took us millions of years to learn how to walk, and only 100 to forget."

But rather than just a series of anti-car rants, the issue is a series of smart explorations of the true pleasures and perils of walking in Toronto, in the spirit of flaneurie (and its new incarnation, parkour, one of the few things that's ever made me wish I were a teenager again). Mrs. Zoilus also has an excellent piece inside, about the emotional dynamics of eye contact on the urban street.

But enough of that, what about the party? It features the fine local bands Elliott Brood (mope-twang) and The Bicycles (naive-pop), DJ Heavy Early, and (cleverly indeed) visuals by Toronto photobloggers Sam Javanrouth, Adam Krawesky, Davin Risk and Gayla Sanders. It's at the El Mocambo, 464 Spadina, just south of College St., doors at 9 pm, and it costs $10, but that includes a copy of the mag.

Really, really worth your time. Really. I wanna make the Public Space Committee the goddamn government.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 17 at 3:01 PM | Linking Posts

 

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Zoilus by Carl Wilson