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Danny Brochu and Gemma James-Smith in Haunted Hillbilly. The upcoming Summerworks show throws a “hootenanny” fundraiser at the Dakota Tavern tonight. Photo by Andrew Shaver.
PRIDE: Mayor David Miller, Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale), the Pride Festival‘s co-chairs, and other dignitaries will each take a brief turn at the mic as the rainbow flag is raised above City Hall at noon today, marking Pride Week’s official opening. Nathan Phillips Square, 12 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Montreal-based theatre company Sidemart Theatrical Grocery is hosting a hootenanny fundraiser of “country music and comical moments” to help the company bring its show, Haunted Hillbilly, to the Summerworks Festival in August. The performers include the show’s composer Matthew Barber (who previewed some tunes at the Summerworks Launch event), Justin Rutledge, Chelsea Manders, and more. The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $15.
AWARDS: The Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including a pre-show VIP reception and a post-show outdoor street party, take place tonight. This year’s nominations have garnered much criticism from critics who admit they’re unfamiliar with much of the independent work or have uncovered some ethically suspect voting irregularities, and regarding shows that were shut out due to a perceived bias against the large companies or outmoded guidelines (see Matt Baram’s post regarding improv’s ineligibility on the Summerworks Works page). But all scandal aside, the Doras remain the highest profile theatrical awards in Toronto (if not Canada), and there’s a lot of theatre practitioners who hope they’ll be heading outside to the after party with a statuette (or several) in hand. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m. award show (tickets $65), 10:30 p.m. street party (tickets $15).
COMEDY: Let’s face it—booze and comedy go hand in hand. Many comics are actually paid in beer for their work, so combining the two isn’t exactly rocket science. Tonight, sixteen improvisers will compete for the title of Beerprov Champion, matching wits (and constitutions) against each other. It will get messier (and perhaps funnier) as the night goes on and the contestants get drunker; we recommend partial participation, but we don’t think you should try and match the comics drink for drink—they’ve had a lot of practice. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $5.