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Urban Planner: November 16, 2012

Today: Bird Brains migrate south; Toronto Masque Theatre and Art & Lies Productions both do opera mash-ups; Pat Thornton begins his 24-hour stand-up set; and musical up-and-comers Wordburglar, Digits, and the Big Sound orchestra.


Local music celebrities including Bob Wiseman, Maylee Todd, members of the Barenaked Ladies, the Elwins, and the Rural Alberta Advantage took part in this tribute video parody for Pat Thornton’s 24-hour stand up comedy fundraiser.

PARADE: There’s going to be an odd migration down Bathurst Street today—and you, savvy Torontoist reader, will be able to tell puzzled onlookers, “oh, I know who THAT is—it’s the Bird Brains.” Guerilla performance group Cryptozoology Playground will proceed on “bird leg” stilts, flapping feathers and plumage, migrating south from Bathurst and Bloor streets to their final “roost” for the season, a block north and east of Bathurst and Queen Street. Starts outside Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor Street East), proceeds down Bathurst Street to Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 3:30 p.m. onwards, FREE.

OPERA: Two companies combine classical opera with theatre and dance in multi-disciplinary work both old and new.

  • Toronto Masque Theatre‘s production Fairest Isle: a Purcell Celebration marries the music of 17th-century baroque composer Henry Purcell with performances by actors and dancers, using excerpts from works like Dido & Aeneas and The Fairy Queen. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., $40 ($35 seniors, $20 under 30.)
  • Art & Lies Productions brings their Winnipeg Fringe Festival hit In Adiago back home for its Toronto premiere. Writer and performer Jess Salgueiro, “fueled by the music of classical opera and Portuguese Fado,” set this new play in 1960s Paris during the Algerian War, and co-stars with Danie Friesen. Sterling Studio Theatre (163 Sterling Road), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., $18 ($15 students/seniors.)

FUNDRAISER: Pat Thornton’s hopefully sleeping as you read this, resting up for his fourth annual 24-Hour Stand-Up Set tonight. Thanks to the tireless campaigning of his Comedy Bar pals, who’ve been successfully daring celebrities like Ben Mulroney and Lucy Zilio to donate to his Stephen Lewis Foundation fundraiser, Thornton’s already raised a third of his $24,000 goal. He’ll step on stage at 8 p.m. to start cracking jokes, and won’t stop (save for a couple 3–5 minute pee breaks) until 8 p.m. Saturday. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Friday at 8 p.m.—Saturday at 8 p.m., $10 unlimited in/out pass.

MUSIC: It’s an unusually hectic night for music, with Canadian legends Gordon Lightfoot, the Superfriendz, and Danko Jones headlining shows. But there are also performances by Toronto’s potential rock legends of the future. Here are a few of them:

  • The Feast in the East event pairs a free gourmet dinner with a line-up of killer underground Toronto music acts. This time around, the dinner is courtesy of chef Vita Carlino, and the headliner is comic book–loving rapper Wordburglar. Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Avenue), 9 p.m., $7 in advance (includes dinner), $10 at the door.
  • The last edition of Steam Whistle’s Unsigned Series in 2012, Edition #24, will be headlined by blowing-up electronic act Digits, with openers Beta Frontiers and Babe (who are also releasing their self-titled debut album.) Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Road), 8 p.m. doors, $5.
  • It’s also the last edition of the Big Sound in 2012, that huge live band celebration of soul and Motown music. Tonight’s performers include Tanika Charles, Todd Simmons, and Maylee Todd, plus the usual 20+ performers to flesh out the horns and other sections. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $10.

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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