Urban Planner: July 12, 2010
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Urban Planner: July 12, 2010

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Travelling troubadour and T.O. local Peter Katz (pictured) opens for his personal hero, Glen Hansard (and his current band The Swell Season), at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight. Photo by Justin Broadbent.

In today’s Urban Planner, The Scream in High Park taps local talent for some thrilling readings and performances, Wooopsies Laugh Lounge decides it’d rather lounge elsewhere, and Peter Katz opens for the man who inspired his music career.

READING: The Scream Literary Festival, in its eighteenth year of “celebrat[ing] the pranksters and radicals of the literary world,” wraps up its week of literary events with The Scream in High Park, an evening of readings and performances from their “agent provocateurs” (a particularly provocative label to be using so recently after the G20). The Dream in High Park stage will become the Scream in High Park stage for one night only, with Kathleen Phillips, Tony Burgess, Damian Rogers, and more slated to thrill and entertain. The Dream Stage (High Park Amphitheatre), 7 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: Local singer-songwriter Peter Katz has been on a roll lately, with his album First of The Last to Know hitting number one on iTunes in the singer-songwriter category, a successful UK tour under his belt, and a recent session recorded with The Ampersand’s In Studio series. But Katz’s self-proclaimed career highlight will occur tonight when he opens for The Swell Season, Glen Hansard’s current band. Katz directly credits Hansard with inspiring him to become a professional musician when Hansard took him backstage (and out for drinks) after meeting the starstruck theatre school student following a concert Hansard’s old band The Frames played with Damien Rice (you can read the whole story on Katz’s website). Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes Boulevard), 7 p.m., $39.50–$42.50 in advance.
COMEDY: Wooopsies Laugh Lounge has decided that the Poor Alex isn’t a good fit as a venue for their comedy showcase, so they’re moving on, but not before one final blowout show. Guests for the show include Chris Locke of Laugh Sabbath, The BOOM, and Debra Digiovanni; all three were mentioned in Now Magazine’s recent “The ABCs of Toronto Comedy” article. Poor Alex Theatre (772A Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $5.