Urban Planner: May 31, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 31, 2010

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 [email protected].

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Eddie Izzard brings his Stripped tour back to Toronto, returning to Massey Hall a month after his last appearance there. Photo by Noah Machus from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

CYCLING: The City of Toronto’s Bike Month launches one day before the month officially starts with a group commute that leaves from starting points all over the city between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., and gathers at City Hall, where there will be complimentary breakfast served, and a free t-shirt for participants. If you’re reading this before 8 a.m., you might just have time to head out the door and catch up with one of the groups, like the 7:30 a.m. departures from Yonge and Bloor or Dundas and Kingston. Various locations and times, arriving at City Hall (100 Queen Street West) for 8 a.m., FREE.
COMEDY: The impossible-to-pigeonhole comedian Eddie Izzard launched his Stripped tour of Canada in Toronto exactly one month ago, with two dates at Massey Hall. Now, after touring the country, he’s wrapping it up in the exact same way; tonight’s show is the second of the two-night stand, and the last of the tour. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), 8 p.m., $49.95–$70.95.
FUNDRAISER: Fledgling theatre company Modern Underground has found a novel way to promote (and raise funds for) their upcoming Fringe show The Making Of, a theatrical mockumentary that utilizes film sequences and conventions. Their cast will be re-creating memorable award show speeches from the past fifty years, impersonating luminaries such as Sally Field, Kanye West, Halle Berry, Jack Nicholson, and many more, in a fundraiser called “I’d Like to Thank the Academy.” Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: The four-day PWYC indie music bonanza that is the Pitter Patter Festival wrapped up yesterday, but organizer Keith Hamilton wants to show his appreciation to all the volunteers who helped make the festival a success. He’s collaborating with Elvis Mondays on a thank you party, which will feature four special guest acts and the usual Elvis Mondays trimmings (no cover, free “starving artists” buffet, cheap drink specials). The identities of the four bands booked to play are top secret, but Hamilton will say this: all four were headliners at the festival. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.

CORRECTION: MAY 31, 2010 “I’d Like to Thank the Academy” takes place tonight at the Comedy Bar, not (as this article originally said) Theatre Passe Muraille.

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