In today's UP: learn about the history of Toronto's theatres, help Shakespeare in the Ruff bring theatre back to the east end's parks, bid farewell to Sandro Perri and Steve Kado, and see more than a dozen comediennes at the Alt Dot.
TALK: Professional Toronto tour guide Bruce Bell, who specializes in pointing out what remains of Old Toronto’s architecture and filling in gaps in the city’s history, will be giving a talk and reading from his new book, A History of Architecture in Toronto, at C’est What this evening. Given that the cozy underground pub is situated so close to the St. Lawrence and Sony Centres (both of which are still targets for sell-off by the City) Bell will be focusing on the history of Toronto’s theatres. C’est What (67 Front Street East), 7:30 p.m., PWYC (minimum $5).
FUNDRAISER: Outdoor theatre company Shakespeare in the Ruff, which quietly dissolved in 2007, has been relaunched with a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona announced for this summer, and a youth mentorship program. To get the new/old company on its feet there’s some fundraising taking place, starting with tonight’s launch party, Ruffing it! Company members will be performing an abbreviated version of the play with no rehearsal, random role assignment, and bare bones “sides.” After the performance, there’ll be dancing and door prizes. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $10–$15.
MUSIC: Sure, Leonard Cohen is being feted tonight by a bevy of noted Canadian musicians at Massey Hall, but for a less glitzy night of fine music, we’re going with Sandro Perri, who’s playing a “pre-tour” show at The Tranzac (a venue with some significance to him). Perri will be joined by opener Steve Kado, debuting a new composition with a nine-piece band, and closers The Spring Boners. Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., $12.
COMEDY: There is an excellent line-up of stand-ups at the Alt. Dot. Comedy Lounge this evening, a comedy showcase of over a dozen ladies who are potential subjects for an upcoming documentary—among them Rebecca Kohler, Amanda Brooke-Perrin, and Evany Rosen. Sara Hennessey is hosting the night, with “token” male comics Mark Little and Dave Merheje. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), doors at 8:30 p.m., PWYC (minimum $5).
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