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Weekend Planner: December 15–16, 2012

This weekend: DJ Skate Night returns, Back to the Future gets the improv treatment, comedian Gilson Lubin presents a charity show, and more.

This weekend, play some "Plingo" at the Drake. Photo by Denise Grant Photography.

MUSIC: Here’s something that doesn’t pop up as much as it used to around this time of year: carolers. But fear not, the music and holiday spirit lives on with singing group Choir! Choir! Choir! Over 100 people will be singing tunes from the Beatles, Madonna, and Erasure, as well as some holiday classics, at various local hospitals around the city. The whole thing is a fundraiser for the Stop Community Food Centre. Starts at Sunnybrook Hospital (2075 Bayview Avenue), Saturday, 2 p.m., donations welcomed.

COMEDY: If you went to Dave Chappelle’s recent string of shows in Toronto, then you might remember Gilson Lubin, a local Torontonian who just happened to open for him on all three nights. Lubin, who has credits on MTV and Just for Laughs, is performing at a comedy show called “Acting Up” that will also feature a stellar line-up of other comedians. All proceeds from the event will go to SickKids’ Burns and Plastics Unit. The Revival Bar (783 College Street), Saturday, 7 p.m., $20.

MUSIC: This weekend’s musical hot ticket goes to the return of Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a local band that’s had one heck of a year. To celebrate the end of their seven-country tour, they’ll be doing a special themed celebration that will include a set of Ukrainian Christmas carols. They’ll also be showing footage (concert and behind-the-scenes) from their tour. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), Saturday, 8 p.m., $10 advance, $15 door.

SKATING: Sharpen up those skates, because the weekly event that allows you to make figure eights with some serious funk is back. DJ Skate Night’s opening weekend invites the public to glide along with Flow 93.5. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday, 8 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: Great Scott! If you spend your days pondering existential questions like “why don’t we have hoverboards yet?”, brace yourself for the next best thing. Back to the Future: The Improv Show brings together some of the best improv artists in Toronto to have a little fun with the ’80s classic. Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue), Sunday, 8 p.m., $5.

GAMES: Do you enjoy playing vintage games while getting drunk with your friends? If so, don’t miss this final (at least for now) instalment of the Drake’s Plingo night. Plingo, a mash-up of the games Bingo and Plinko, is hosted by Drake staff members Hayley Andoff and Christine Aziz, and features prizes like gift certificates and retro presents. The Drake (1150 Queen Street West), Sunday, 9 p.m., $2.


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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