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Urban Planner: December 21, 2010

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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The bonfire celebration at a previous Festival of Lights, now renamed the Kensington Market Winter Solstice. Photo by Andrew Louis from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.


Today in Toronto: a parade to celebrate the longest night of the year, Dinosaur Comics launches a new book, the Drake kicks off a new comedy night, and an open classical jam session.

PARADE: Tonight will be the longest night of the year, which means it falls upon us to light up the darkness with a procession of music, lanterns, and general revelry. Red Pepper Spectacle Arts will be putting on their twenty-first Festival of Lights, renamed this year as the Kensington Market Winter Solstice. Celebrate the return of light with a wide array of local performers, including the Samba Squad and Clay & Paper Theatre. Beginning at the corner of Oxford Street and Augusta Avenue, the lantern parade will weave its way to Alexandra Park for a bonfire finale. Augusta Avenue and Oxford Street, 6:30 p.m., FREE.
WORDS: The Beguiling and Topatoco are teaming up to launch the newest collection of Dinosaur Comics from this writer’s namesake nemesis, Ryan North. The new book is entitled Dudes Already Know About Chickens, after North’s 2006 effort to subvert vandalism on Wikipedia. There will be an optional Secret Santa in effect, with those wishing to participate invited to bring a gift worth five dollars or less to trade in at the book sales table. Notice that there are no Conservative nutjobs releasing new books on the same day—they must have learned their lesson. Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: The Drake Hotel is launching a new night of weekly comedy, the Tuesday Night Special. The showcase is hosted by Barry Taylor and features top notch comics like Sarah Hennessey, Matt O’Brien, and Ryan Maglunob. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: The Classical Revolution began in San Francisco in 2006 as an effort to bring chamber music to the bars and cafés of the city, and has since spread to become an international movement. The Toronto chapter will be gathering tonight at the Starving Artist for a classical jam session open to all interested parties. Bring an instrument or just come to listen while sampling the bar’s amazing waffle-centric menu. Starving Artist (584 Lansdowne Avenue), 8:30 p.m., FREE.

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