Brendan Canning plays soccer to benefit Right To Play on June 16.
Soccer funds kids' org
When great musicians and celebrity fans descend for a major festival, why not get them involved in a big benefit? That's what North By Northeast has planned for Sunday (June 16), when rockers and media types including Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, Fucked Up's Mike Haliechuk and music journalist Dalton Higgins play NXNE's charity soccer match Put The Boot In, a funder for Right to Play. RTP uses sport and play to educate and empower children and youth living with poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities. Head to Alan Lamport Stadium (1155 King West) to watch the action. Doors open at 11:30 am. Pwyc, kids free. Pre-register at nxne.com/information/soccer.
Gay in a bad place
With Pride looming, here's a chance to contemplate the politics of the worst place on earth to be gay: Uganda. A Conversation with Frank Mugisha of the LGBT group Sexual Minorities Uganda addresses the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, dubbed the Kill The Gays bill for its potential to impose the death penalty. Mugisha will also, no doubt, offer insight into the state of the movement in a place of ongoing danger. Tonight (Thursday, June 13), 7 pm. Free. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. Register at aidslaw.ca.
Hike against Line 9
Take a little trek to help head off the reversal of Enbridge's Line 9 meant to transport tar sands crude along Finch from Alberta to Montreal and maybe beyond. Walk The Line aims to reclaim the Hydro corridor north of Finch between Talbot and Bathurst for people, not dirty petroleum. Sunday (June 16), 1 pm. TTC parking lot, Hendon and Yonge. stopline9-toronto.ca.