In today's Urban Planner: Close Encounters and TINARS envision the next 500 years, singer/songwriter Grant Tilley's record release at Revival, and comics fete fellow funnyman Boyd Banks at his birthday set.
LAUNCH: The Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art is launching a magazine, Close Encounters, that imagines how indigenous culture will change over the next 500 years. Tonight’s Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, co-presented with This Is Not a Reading Series and the Ryerson Image Centre, will fete the mag with storytelling, art, music, and more. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), doors at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. show, $5 (or FREE with purchase of book.)
MUSIC: Grant Tilly is probably best known to Toronto audiences for his turn in Jersey Boys, or his Fringe hit The Christian Republican Fundraiser in Dayton Tennessee, but the multi-talented performer and composer’s latest project is his sophomore solo album, The World Keeps Passing Me By. The singer/songwriter will be releasing the album with a full band show tonight, with openers Ben Kunder and Alison Jutzi. Revival (783 College Street), 7:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $10.
COMEDY: Veteran character actor and comic Boyd Banks‘ annual “Birthday Set” features fellow comics roasting and toasting him, no holds barred, and this year’s edition features such notable guests as Pat Thornton, Jo-Anna Downey, Ron Sparks, and many more. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., PWYC.
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