EAT RIBS FOR SUNNYBROOK
Feed your spirit and your belly at the Thrill Of The Grill ribfest on Saturday (July 19). Six expert chefs, including Lynn Crawford, try to impress the judges, among them Norman Wilner, NOW film writer and self-professed foodie, at a competition unfolding on the Danforth between Broadview and Jackman. Eat happily, knowing you're contributing to a funder for Sunnybrook's Odette Cancer Centre. $15. Noon to 4 pm. thedanforth.ca.
SEX IN THE CITY
Why should you care about Canada's new prostitution laws? Sonya JF Barnett of Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers' Action Project heads up a discussion Monday (July 21) on the scary consequences for sex workers of Bill C-36, the federal government legislation seeking to criminalize the purchase of sexual services. 7 pm. Duke of York (36 Prince Arthur). Pre-register at eventbrite.ca/e/12072520233.
GENTRIFICATION THROUGH THE BACK DOOR
Parkdale Community Legal Services hosts a public meeting Wednesday (July 23) to discuss a trend in the neighbourhood: gentrification through the back door. Seems European developer Akelius Real Estate Management has been buying up apartment units in the thousands and "upscaling" them to jack up rents. 6 pm. Metro Hall, 55 John. 416-531-2411 ext 248.