In today's Urban Planner: swing by a free jazz concert; check out a charity art show hosted by Steam Whistle for the Toronto Humane Society; say goodbye to all-female improv group WDWMKR, Irish Wake-style; and check out our picks for best of the fest at Next Stage.
MUSIC: The Canadian Opera Company is hosting Toronto jazz vocalist Julie Michels alongside jazz guitarist Kevin Barrett for a performance of songs from their latest CD, She Sings He Plays. The performance is part of COC’s Free Concert Series. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Come out tonight to browse some art and whet your whistle, all for a good cause. Steam Whistle Brewery is hosting a charity art show to benefit the Toronto Humane Society. The animal organization is celebrating its 125th anniversary with the event, and all of the art on display will be donated from Steam Whistle and Humane Society staff and volunteers. The night will also include a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Humane Society. Art will remain on display during regular brewery hours until January 29. Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: It’s the final hurrah for an all-female improv team that has been a mainstay in the local comedy scene for the past four years. WDWMKR—pronounced widowmaker—members Annie Bankes, Meagan Crump, Kirsten Gallagher, Jess Grant, Paloma Nuñez, and Mandy Sellers have performed weekly shows since 2008 and they have themed their final performance as an Irish wake, so they’ll be dressed in black and eulogized by other Impatient Theatre Company performers. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $10 (or $5 with donation of canned good).
THEATRE: We went to all 10 productions showcased in the Next Stage Theatre Festival, so you don’t have to. The fest is having a record-breaking year, and the performances are good enough to stand up to the attention. Here are the best shows of Next Stage 2012, on until January 15.
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