Our city takes centre stage in a month-long festival with the big-tent title Humanitas . Running until June 25, the fest honours the T-dot's diversity, cultural zest and civic know-how through storytelling, films, a roving trailer to record local stories and more. To see our collective experiment with fresh eyes, check out the lecture series on the city's first 11,000 years and First Nations societies. Everything's free. This blast of happenings is on offer at http://humanitas.livewithculture.ca.
Out and proud
Toronto gets all steamed up when the queer community unleashes its Pride festivities. We have a Pride Week now, but it's the weekend of June 24-25 when things get really hot, when the Church and Wellesley area becomes car-free and and turns into party central. As usual, lesbians take to the streets on the Saturday (June 24), and the sweet spectacle of the Pride Parade unfolds Sunday (June 25). www.pridetoronto.com, 416-927-7433.
Make that green and fair
Rethink your eco priorities from the vantage point of social justice in a pathbreaking course called Inside And Outside: Anti-Racist Environmentalism . Sponsored by the Transformative Learning Centre at OISE, the 20-hour learning spree includes speakers, films and field trips. June 9 to 17. $150. 416-923-6641 ext 2595.
Pushing foot-powered highways
Late eco-rebel Tooker Gomberg was a one-man vision factory, and this was one of his faves: a bike lane connecting Mississauga to Scarborough through the downtown. Help turn the dream into real, live transpo by pedalling along on a mass ride June 11 at noon. Free. Kipling subway and Kennedy subway. 416-531-3746 ext 1.