Photo of Jack Layton by mattjiggins.
COMEDY: After NDP Leader Jack Layton speaks at the Ontario NDP leadership debate this afternoon, he’ll shake up the comedy scene on the improv stage. As a guest star on the talk show Monkey Toast, Layton follows the likes of Mayor David Miller, Canadian Idol‘s Jake Gold, and Royal Canadian Air Farce’s Don Ferguson, whose interviews have all served as comedy fodder for the show in the past. BNN’s Kim Parlee and comedian Ron Sparks will also be guest starring tonight. Don’t miss it. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
FILM: It’s finally here: Kevin Smith’s lovingly scurrilous comedies hit the Bloor Cinema from today to Tuesday at the hotly anticipated Kevin Smith Fest. The honourary Jersey Canuck will be present for half-hour Q&As following each screening. Today, watch Dante and Randal deal with bizarre customers, girlfriends, and dead bodies while debating love, life, and sex behind the counter in Clerks and Clerks II. If you want to go, it’s best to get your tickets as early as possible. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), doors open at 6:30 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
PARTY: Rethink Breast Cancer invites socialites big and small to the third annual Little Sweetheart Ball at the Capitol Event Theatre. Funds raised from the child-friendly event, which is geared towards kids under seven and their parents, will go towards a program supporting mothers dealing with breast cancer. Activities include a silent auction and a Joe Fresh Style fashion show for the adults, and mocktails and cupcake decorating for the little ones. Capitol Event Theatre (2492 Yonge Street), 3 p.m., $50 for adults, $5 for children.
PERFORMANCE: A plethora of music, dance, film, comedy, spoken word, and literary events takes over the Harbourfront Centre this weekend and the next. Now in its twelfth year, Kuumba, Toronto’s longest-running and largest African Heritage Month Festival, continues to support artists from the African and Caribean diaspora. Highlights today include: an a cappella septet performing African gospel and spirituals; a drumming workshop; screenings of documentary films about Somali life and culture; and a line-up of events celebrating Hiplife music, a Ghanaian fusion of highlife and hip hop. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West), all day, most events are FREE.
KIDS: A reminder that today is your final chance to discover the adorable Soft City at the Toronto City Hall rotunda. The miniature model of Toronto made from felt, fabric, and stuffing is on display this afternoon, and kids will have one last opportunity to come to workshops and make take-home creations or add to the plush mini cityscape. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West), 2–7 p.m., FREE.