It today's Urban Planner: tasty beer and vittles, and standup comedy built to last.
- Food: The folks behind the Brewer’s Backyard series always keep the food and drink lineup under wraps for their Queen Victoria’s Secret, of which they’re hosting their third annual edition this Victoria Day. But good craft beer and tasty vittles from Toronto and Ontario are always on offer at their events, so we’re confident in recommending you check it out, drinks list and menu unseen. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
- Comedy: Stand-up comic Tim Gilbert is one of Toronto’s favourites—among those in the comedy community, anyway. The Laugh Sabbath stalwart, whom television audiences may recognize from his past interview segments on MTV Showtown, hasn’t yet achieved the same level of recognition as, say, his fellow Showtown star Chris Locke. Gilbert’s fixing to change that by recording his first comedy album over two nights at The Ossington. Night one is hosted by James Hartnett, and features Nick Flanagan, Ron Sparks, and Andrew Johnston as guests; night two will be hosted by Adam Christie, and feature Sara Hennessey, Tom Henry, and Pat Thornton. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 9 p.m., PWYC. Details
- Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
- Markets: The Distillery District is stunning on its own, but it’s about to get a whole lot prettier, during the weekend-long Artfest. Take a couple of hours and explore the historic site while perusing the pottery, jewellery, painting, food, and glassware of more than 75 artisans from across the country. On a budget? Just hang around and take in the (free) live painting and musical performances instead. Distillery District (55 Mill Street), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
- Festivals: If you’re planning on running away to join the circus, you won’t have to go very far this weekend (and if you change your mind by the end of the weekend, no one has to know). HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival rolls into Harbourfront Centre for three days of family-oriented programming, aiming to foster imagination among children. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, dancers, and more will be on site for a variety of shows and activities. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
- Music: After a month of “spring break,” Danny Michel’s School Night Mondays return to their weekly residency at the Dakota Tavern. The previous March residency had special guests like astronaut Chris Hadfield and fellow local songwriter Royal Wood, and given that every previous edition has sold out (it’s door tickets only, so get there early), the night is likely to continue to feature quality guests (plus Michel and his band, of course). Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $20. Details
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