In today's Urban Planner: an art and design bonanza, laughable comedy, and musical theatre sensations.
- Art: A week-long visual art and design bonanza taking place at venues across the city, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival features exhibitions, screenings, parties, talks, and tours—all of which showcase “the best in Canadian design.” It’s a not-for-profit festival, so most of the programming is free; you’ll want to check out the festival schedule for a full list of events, locations, and participating artists, companies, and galleries. All day. Details
- Comedy: Veteran stand-up comic (and former punk frontman) Nick Flanagan is pulling up roots and leaving Toronto for a spell, which means Laughable at Unlovable, the monthly comedy show he co-produces and co-hosts with Steph Tolev, is going on hiatus. Some of Torontoist‘s favorite comics are appearing on the bill for this last show, including Pat Thornton, Evany Rosen, and Chris Locke. Unlovable (1415 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC. Details
- Music: Weekly musical-theatre open mic Singular Sensation has a new feature in 2014; it’ll be showcasing short sets of original material by local performers, sandwiched in between the usual appearances of “slumming” performers on their night off. Up this week in the showcase slot are Jeff Insell and Elliott Loran, the hosts of cabaret series The Swinging Wingding. (Loran leaves town soon to report for duty in the Stratford Festival ensemble.) Statler’s Lounge (487 Church Street), 9:30 p.m., PWYC. Details
- Art: Virginia Woolf once remarked that “on or about December 1910, human character changed.” Whether it actually did is debatable, but the curators of “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910–1918” use that year to start their exhibition of works from a tumultuous decade of innovation in European fine art. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $16.50–$25 (includes general admission). Details
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 us with all the details (including images, if you’ve got any), ideally at least a week in advance.