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Comedian (and cancer survivor) Daniel Stolfi opens his one-man show Cancer Can’t Dance Like This tonight. Detail of a photo by Zoe Lepiano.
In today’s Urban Planner: Mayor Miller and his book about TO, the Tranzac’s public meeting on how it plans to save itself, adults read their childhood writing, up-and-coming comics vie for the Tim Sims Encouragement award, and Cancer Can’t Dance Like This.
INTERVIEW: There are two mayoral debates today: the Waterfront Debate at 1 p.m., and the Parkdale-High Park Mayoralty Debate at 7 p.m. But frankly, we’re debate-fatigued, especially by how the candidates talk about Toronto being close to ruination (we know Joey Pants big-ups Toronto, but he’s usually shouted down). Wouldn’t it be great to listen to someone say nice things about our city? Whatever you think about his term in office, Mayor Miller has always been effusive in his love for Toronto (he really xos TO), and his new book Witness to a City embodies that love. He’ll be interviewed by John McGrath at tonight’s early edition of This Is Not a Reading Series. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1215 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m., $5.
MEETING: We broke the news about how the Tranzac is in trouble and how they’re attempting to rally support for the clubhouse before it’s gone forever. Tonight’s public meeting will invite discussion on the fundraising campaign, and will outline more details on how the club can be saved. The Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
SHOW & TELL: The popular Grown-Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids has become a ticketed event due to demand (all the cash will be donated to Frontier College), and like Trampoline Hall, it looks like it’s become one of those events where you either get your (now sold-out) advance ticket ridiculously early, or show up ridiculously early for an at-the-door ticket. Bring some childhood writing, and if you read, you’re comped! The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 7:30 p.m., starts at 8 p.m., $5.
COMEDY: Twenty up-and-coming comedy acts vie for five finalist slots for this year’s Tim Sims Encouragement Award at tonight’s Fresh Meat Showcase. At this point, it’s a wide open field; anyone who delivers a knockout set tonight has a shot. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $10 (plus HST).
THEATRE: Comedian (and cancer survivor) Daniel Stolfi opens a week-long run of his hit show Cancer Can’t Dance Like This tonight. He’s already raised thousands for cancer research with performances across Ontario, but this will be the first multi-show run; now that he’s finally finished treatment, he has the energy to perform more than one night at a time. Pia Bowman Theatre (6 Noble Street), 8:30 p.m., $20.