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Maylee Todd (left) and Laura Barrett (right) are on an all-female comedy and music bill for Inessa Frantowski’s (centre) monthly residency at the Magpie. Photo courtesy of Inessa Frantowski.
In today’s Urban Planner, take the whole family to a holiday market, a workshop open house and skating party, a choral caroling concert, or an improvised version of A Christmas Carol.
MARKET: The Evergreen Brick Works is hosting a holiday market this week, right up until Thursday, December 23, featuring farmers’ goods and unique crafts, for those doing last-minute shopping for holiday dinners and presents. There are also free workshops in baking and craft-making for the kids, and guided tours of the site. Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), 11 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: Arts company B Current‘s monthly come See / come Say event, where artists and performers come to present new work and get valuable feedback, takes on a festive flair today, as the open house and workshop series incorporates a potluck feast and skating on the rink in the adjoining Wychwood Park, next to their studio. Artscape Wychwood Barns, Studio 251 (601 Christie Street), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
CAROLING: The Shaw Festival’s Craig Pike founded That Choir to put actors and singers to choral use when they’re not busy performing in stage productions. Tonight’s seasonal presentation will feature the choir of ringers singing traditional Christmas carols, plus a special reading by Nancy Palk of A Child’s Christmas in Wales. St. Patrick’s Church (141 McCaul Street), 8 p.m., $15–$20.
COMEDY: Last night, Bad Dog Theatre opened their final holiday show, A Twisted Christmas Carol, which plays fast and loose with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s visit by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Featuring some of Toronto’s best improvisers, like Sean Tabares, Ken Hall, and Kerry Griffin, the show will be playing nightly until Wednesday, December 22. Bad Dog Theatre (138 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $10–$15.
MUSIC: Comedienne Inessa Frantowski is using her monthly residency with Maylee Todd and Dana Snell to celebrate her birthday tonight, and she’s doing it with a line-up of all female musicians and comedians, save for Dr. Ew, who’s been volunteered to perform a free service most woman don’t associate with a good time. The proceeds from the risqué variety show will be donated to The Bobbi Bear Fund, which benefits sexually abused women and children in Africa. The Magpie (831 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.