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Urban Planner: April 30, 2012

Today: Playwrights Guild of Canada kicks off a week of readings with Majal Ardal, I Heart Jokes celebrates local live comedy with their first awards night, and the Hot Docs film festival continues.

Mark Little and Kayla Lorette, co-stars in the upcoming film Rollertown, are both nominees at tonight's 1st Annual I Heart Jokes Awards for local comedy.


READING: Playwrights Guild of Canada is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a week of readings from noted playwrights including Brad Fraser, Hannah Moscovitch, and Drew Hayden Taylor. This evening, Maja Ardal kicks off the series; the playwright, whose play Prisoner of Tehran is currently running at Theatre Passe Muraille, will be reading from The Cure for Everything. Chapters (142 John Street), 6 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: I Heart Jokes, which produces comedy shows all over Toronto, have spent the last month gathering nominations for tonight’s 1st Annual I Heart Jokes Awards, hosted by producers/stand-ups Evan Desmarais and Rob Mailloux. Some of the awards, like the “Light Blower Award” (awarded to a performer “who consistently goes over their set time”) poke good fun at the nominees. Other awards are being hotly contested; Georgea Brooks-Hancock and Rhiannon Archer have been tongue-in-cheek mudslinging on Twitter over their competing “Comedy Babe of the Year” nominations. After all the awards have been handed out, the open bar party (beer is included in the ticket) will begin. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $20.

HOT DOCS: It’s North America’s biggest documentary film fest, it’s celebrating a new home cinema, and it’s got everything from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to a penis museum. What’s not to love? Everything you need to know about Hot Docs 2012 is at our festival hub.

Correction: April 30, 1:30PM – The reading series mentioned is being presented by Playwrights Guild of Canada, not Playwrights Canada Press, as previously stated. The above has been corrected.


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